Advice and advise are two words that are commonly interchanged, causing confusion to most people. They are pronounced similarly and even have pertinent meanings. Separated only by one letter, these two words are actually quite simple to distinguish.
Advice is a suggestion, opinion or recommendation for what someone should do. It is often useful and constructive information that directs a person to the right decision. When we are in a difficult situation or in a dilemma, we ask for advice. Advice is a noun.
To advise is to give an opinion, suggestion, recommendation or counsel. When you advise, you give advice. Advise is a verb and is always followed by the person being advised. It usually uses “to” after the name of the individual we are advising.
Advice vs Advise
So what is the difference between advice and advise? The confusion often stems from the subtle differences in spelling. There are two differences that we can characterize – the parts of speech and the pronunciation.
Advice is a noun. It has an “s” sound at the end and rhymes with “ice,” while advise has a “z” sound at the end and rhymes with “prize.” Advise functions as a verb. Remember that “you advise” and “you give advice.”
Functions as a noun
Functions as a verb
|Suggestion, counsel, opinion||The act of giving advice or counsel|
|Pronounced with an “s” at the end||Pronounced with a “z” at the end|
This video explains the difference between advice and advise.