A question sent in by English4Today member, Jose Rodriguez asking about the difference between ‘advise’ and ‘advice’:

is “advice” correctly spelled or is it “advise”, or both are correct but have different meanings in the United States? which is it? please advise or advice:-)

Thanks

Jose, here comes the advice!

‘Advice’ is a noun: you can give someone a ‘piece of advice’. For example, let me give you some advice about travelling in China.

‘Advise’ is a verb: He advised me to always keep my passport on me when I was in China. His advice was very useful.

Another example: She was asked to advise (verb) the government on immigration. Her advice (noun) was used to prepare the new programs.

Hope that helps, Jose!

Anthony Hughes
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