Advice vs. Advise (A Carla Writing Tip)​

Last Update: November 04, 2014

I realized I hadn't written a writing tip for a while, so. . . here we go with a quick one!


These definitions are for AMERICAN ENGLISH. I'm not sure of the correct spellings for these two words in British English or anywhere else in the world. Thought I'd say that up front before y'all jump on me about how I'm not speaking for everyone. :)


Advice is a noun. You give advice. You take advice. Well, at least some of you do.

Merriam-Webster Online defines advice as: recommendation regarding a decision or course of conduct.


Advise is a verb. Some of us advise others here at Wealthy Affiliate. Those people, in turn, advise others. To give advice.

Merriam-Webster Online defines advise as: to give an opinion or suggestion to someone about what should be done : to give advice to (someone)

So There You Have It

It's a very small change, a "c" or an "s." but it does make a difference. I think this may be one of the things you have to commit to memory. Give it a shot!

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Loes Premium
Those c and s doesnot make sence to Google when I ask the noun and the verb google says twice advice with a C
CarlaIves Premium
I don't go with Google usually. The way I wrote it is the way I know it and I verified with Merriam-Webster. The verb is advise.
kleblanc13 Premium
Another great article!
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Thanks, Kristy!
Heroba Premium
thanks Carla, you are so clear with your writing tips!
I always enjoy them!
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Thank you!
kennnyb Premium
Thank you about giving me advice about advise Carla
kholmes Premium
Yep, that is an easy one to slip up on. I even have to catch myself at times. I have noticed it several times here recently, must be why you wrote this blog. Lol....Thanks Carla. :))
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You're welcome, Kim!