advice and advise - the difference

Advice is a noun. It means a suggestion for a beneficial course of action. Advise is a verb. It means to give advice.

Advice and Advise

There is often confusion over the words advice and advise.


The word advice is a noun meaning a suggestion for a beneficial course of action.
(Advice rhymes with mice.)


Take my advice. I don't use it anyway.

He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.

Many receive advice, but only the wise profit from it.


The word advise is a verb meaning to give advice. (It rhymes with prize.) To advise can also mean to notify (e.g., I advised him I was leaving.)


I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.

Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.

Women will never be as successful as men because they have no wives to advise them.
Select the correct version:



Try using the word assistance instead of advice. If the sentence still makes sense, then advice is almost certainly correct.
(This trick works because advice is a noun, just like the word assistance.)

I offered my advice.
I offered my assistance.


Try using the verb to assist (in its various forms, e.g., assisting, assisted, assists) instead of advise. If the sentence still makes sense, then advise is almost certainly correct. However, if you find yourself trying to use assistance, then you should be using advice (because both are nouns).

(This trick works because to advise is a verb, just like to assist.)

Are you trying to advise me?
Are you trying to assist me?
I do not need your advise.
I do not need your assistance.

See also:

What are nouns?
What are verbs?
List of easily confused words

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