Advice vs Advise

This is something I hope by the age of 18 most people have down. Don’t worry if you don’t though. I’m here to help. Also, I still have to Google if the word “with” is capitalized in a title quite frequently, so don’t feel bad.

Someone can repeat over and over to you, “Advise is something you do, and advice is something you give.” You’re still going to get it all mixed up. That’s a nearly useless statement, because it’s easy to exchange the two. You already know one is a verb and one is noun. It’s like trying to teach a toddler the alphabet by saying, “‘A’ is the first letter, ‘b’ is the second letter…” and so on and so forth.

This method may, however, work with a parrot.


You have to come up with something addressing the differences in the words or research them so much that it sticks. You can also, as in the case of the alphabet, come up with a song, but that one simple letter letter difference in “advice” and “advise” shouldn’t take that much effort.

Something interesting with these two words is that usually, native English speakers can use them appropriately when they are speaking. It’s the fact that both the “s” and the “c” can produce the same sound that confuses most people when writing.

Rather than memorizing something to silly to help (although you can always do that), just remember that a “c” can never make a “z” sound. Say “-ise” words aloud, like “rise”, “wise”, “miser”, “demise” and “poise”, and then “-ice” words, like “dice”, “mice”, “thrice”, “nice” and “rice”. Say the word you are about to write aloud, and ask yourself what sound those letter combos make in other words. You’ll never go wrong…until you find some crazy English words that don’t follow this rule, that is.

If you were advised to follow advice, you could write about it accurately now.


Author: writingisforbirds

I am a marketing professional who loves to write. My interests are everything from crafts to social issues to birds to SEO.

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