Grammar 101: Advice and Advise

Last Update: June 19, 2022

Grammar 101: Advice and Advise

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A Few Simple Rules Are All You Need

There's no doubt that, in its entirety, English grammar is complex, especially for someone learning English as a second language.

But...

If you're a native English speaker and just want to avoid common grammatical errors in your writing (such as blog posts on your website) there are only a handful of rules that you need to memorize.

So this series of posts is for those who'd like to ditch the Grammarly crutch and just know what's right and what's not.

Here's the sixth one:

Advice and Advise

These two are not exactly frequently confused, but "advise" is frequently used instead of "advice".

And it's all to do with pronunciation.

As American spelling diverged from British spelling, particularly with the emergence of the Webster's dictionary, one of the notable changes was the substitution of "z" for "s" in words that ended in an "ize" sound.

So, realise became realize and apologise became apologize, to show two examples.

Unfortunately, it wasn't 100%.

advertise and advise are still spelt with an s but pronounced as if it were a z.

Advize

So "advise" is pronounced as if it were spelt "advize".

This is pretty much all you need to remember.

"advice" is pronounced as it's spelt "adv-ice".

Verb and Noun

To make it clearer, "advice" is a noun. Correct usage would be "They gave me the same old advice" or "Here's some advice you might find useful".

Whereas "advise" (don't forget to pronounce it "advize") is a verb. Correct usage would be "I will advise him not to attend the play" or "Will you advise him to stay home?"

So, hopefully the usage of these two words is now clear.

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PMindra Premium
Hi, Phil.
I advise that you keep this post going.
There is much value here. Thank you.

My advice would be to look into if "English Is The Universal Language?

"Is English the Universal Language" was a domain that I let go of because I could not support the input and effort required.

Note:
An advice disclaimer is a common feature on websites and may be used by offline businesses or in other locations. It is a statement that the person/business providing any type of information cannot be held liable for it in any way.

Remain awesome.
Paul from Canada.



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phil1944 Premium
Thanks Paul. Very interesting.
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west2000 Premium
That is most excellent advice to advise all the writers out there ;-)
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
Nice one, Susan! 🤣
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PMindra Premium
Nice.
You get it.
Pleased to make your acquaintance.
Paul from Canada.
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phil1944 Premium
Very good, Susan,
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west2000 Premium
Couldn't resist, Phil. 😂
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
🤣🤣
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phil1944 Premium
Is that because I'm irresistible, Susan?
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
🤣🤣
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phil1944 Premium
What a pity that Susan put a comma between resist and Phil.
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
That could go either way, Phil, in my opinion!
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west2000 Premium
You might just be Phil ;-)
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west2000 Premium
Ah come on now Phil...I need to keep you on your toes. 😂
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
🤣🤣
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phil1944 Premium
Lost for words, Susan. This is unusual.
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phil1944 Premium
Well, someone does. It might as well be you ;-)
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CherryRed20 Premium
Great way to look at it.

Myra
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phil1944 Premium
Thanks, Myra. I'm trying to make grammar rules easy to remember.
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sujith910 Premium Plus
Thanks for giving grammatical advice !!!
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phil1944 Premium
My pleasure, Sujith.
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Ruth131 Premium
Yes I know exactly what you’re talking about with the z and s thing, and the sound of the spoken words where some make grammatical errors.
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phil1944 Premium
Indeed. I'm trying to clarify it.
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