Advise and Advice
Hi, my name is Angelique Vega and welcome to TransLegal's lesson of the week.
Today we're going to be discussing the difference between advise and advice. They are amongst the most commonly misused words in English. Most people don't realize that there is a difference between advice with a 'C', and spelled as above and advise with an 'S'. It sounds a little bit like a 'Z' but it is spelled with an S. Advice, on top, is a noun. It's a recommendation. For example, here are some sentences: His advice was sound. I am seeking your advice. Take my advice. "I turned down that job on your advice.
Advise, on the other hand, is a verb. It refers to the act of giving advice. So, for example:
I would advise you to listen to your superiors. My lawyer has advised me to settle this matter out of court. I would advise you to listen to your teachers. I am advisingthree students for their theses. That is the difference between the two words.
Again, for non-native English speakers I urge you to particularly pay attention. It's a subtle difference when you hear the two words - advise sounds a bit like Z, spelled with an S. Advice is just the C. Those two differences sometimes are very subtle and when somebody is speaking English quite quickly you may not get it, but if it's written down make sure you know that advice is the noun and advise is the verb.