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Advice and Advise

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Advice and advise are normally confused. 'Advice' is a noun and it means 'a suggestion' or 'a beneficial course of action'. Advice is a non-count word so it has no plural and can't be used with the indefinite article:

Parents give good advice. NOT Parents give good advices.
He gave me a good piece of advice. NOT He gave me a good advice.

'Advise' is a verb and it means 'to give advice'

Advise (verb)

If you ask me, I'd advise you to take the job offer.
You are lucky if you have friends to advise you.


Advice (noun)

My father always gave me good advice. I didn't really listen to him though.
Here’s a piece of advice.


Lesson by Tristan, teacher at EC Malta English school

Now complete the following with 'advice' or 'advise':

  • 1. I hope you listened to his __.

  • 2. I’d __ you to go for the job interview in something less formal.

  • 3. My __ is to save at least 15% of your monthly salary.

  • 4. My doctor __ me to avoid strenuous activity for now.

  • 5. We were __ not to go to that restaurant.

  • 6. It's easy to give __ , harder to follow it.