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Do you Give Advice or Advise? When to Use Advice vs Advise

To advise is a verb that describes the act of giving advice. Advice is a noun that refers to the actual guidance or recommendation that's been given.

Last updated on February 10th, 2024 at 07:26 pm



Which one is correct: advice or advise?

Do you give advice or advise? Though these words are just a letter off, they are not the same and belong to different parts of speech: advice being a verb and advice a noun. Let’s see what else distinguishes advice and advise from each other, and when you should use either word.

What’s the difference between advise and advice?

  • Advice means “guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent future action: She visited the island on her doctor’s advice”.

  • Advise means to “offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone: I advised him to go home“.

Both advice and advise derive from the same Latin word, visum, meaning, “to see”, or “that which is seen”. The difference is that to advise is a verb that describes the act of giving advice, whereas advice is a noun that refers to the actual guidance or recommendation that’s been given.

Since advise is a verb, it naturally has verb tenses, i.e., advising, advised, advises, and so on. Advice is a mass noun or noncount noun, so it has one form, i.e., advice. Both words are also pronounced differently, advise sounding more like ad-vyze, with a z, whereas advice reads like it’s spelled, ad-vice.

How do you use advise and advice in a sentence?

Example of advise/advice in conversation.
Example of advise/advice in conversation.

If you’re describing the act of giving someone guidance, or telling someone which course of action to take, you are advising them on what to do. Whatever it is that you told them to do is the advice that’s been given. See the difference:

  • I advise you to study for your test tomorrow, but whether you want to take the advice is your decision.

Sentence examples with advise

1. I would advise you to study for the exam well in advance to ensure a good grade.

2. Could you please advise me on which route to take to avoid traffic?

3. The financial consultant will advise us on how to invest our savings wisely.

4. She sought legal counsel to advise her on the best course of action in her case.

5. As a mentor, I am here to advise you on career choices and professional development.

Sentence examples with advice

1. She gave me valuable advice on how to negotiate a better salary.

2. I followed his advice and chose the vegetarian option at the restaurant.

3. My grandmother’s advice to always be kind has stuck with me throughout my life.

4. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, I’d recommend seeking professional advice from a therapist.

5. The travel blog offered great advice on how to pack efficiently for a backpacking trip.

Synonyms of advise

  • give counsel
  • make recommendations
  • offer suggestions
  • offer opinions
  • guide
  • tips

Synonyms of advice

  • guidance
  • counsel
  • direction
  • help
  • recommendation
  • suggestion
  • information
  • instruction
  • adjuration

Origin of advice

Late 13c., auys “opinion,” from Old French avis “opinion, view, judgment, idea” (13c.), from phrase ço m’est à vis “it seems to me,” or from Vulgar Latin *mi est visum “in my view,” ultimately from Latin visum, neuter past participle of videre “to see” (from PIE root *weid- “to see”). Meaning “opinion offered as worthy to be followed, counsel” is from late 14c.

Origin of advise

Late 13c., avisen “to view, consider” (a sense now obsolete); late 14c., “to give counsel to,” from Old French aviser “deliberate, reflect, consider” (13c.), from avis “opinion,” from phrase ço m’est à vis “it seems to me,” or from Vulgar Latin *mi est visum “in my view,” ultimately from Latin visum, neuter past participle of videre “to see”.

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Sources  

1. Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of advise.” Online Etymology Dictionary, https://www.etymonline.com/word/advise. Accessed 17 August, 2023.

2. Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of advice.” Online Etymology Dictionary, https://www.etymonline.com/word/advice. Accessed 17 August, 2023.

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