Advise and Advice

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
What is the difference between "advise" and "advice"?


"Advise" is a verb. The verb "to advise" means to give advice. For example:
  • Please advise me. I need you to advise me.
  • (Please give me advice. I need you to give me advice.)


"Advice" is a noun. It means help or a suggestion for a beneficial course of action.
  • Please give me your advice. I need your advice.

Advise and Advice

There is often confusion over the words "advise" and "advice." The very quick answer is this:
  • Advise is a verb. (It rhymes with prize.)
  • Advice is a noun. (It rhymes with mice.)
advice or advise
Infographic explaining when to use "advice" and "advise."

The "assistance"-substitution trick works because "advice" and "assistance" are both nouns. If you find yourself trying to use "assist," "assists," "assisting," or anything else other than "assistance," then use the "advise" version (e.g., advises, advising).


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.)

  • 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.
  • 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 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 often superior to him who can give it.
  • Many receive advice, but only the wise profit from it.

A Video Summary

Here is a short video summarizing the difference between "advice" and "advise."

Interactive Exercise
Here are three randomly selected questions from a larger exercise, which can be edited, printed to create an exercise worksheet, or sent via email to friends or students.

See Also

adverse or averse? affect or effect? appraise or apprise? avenge or revenge? bare or bear? complement or compliment? dependant or dependent? discreet or discrete? disinterested or uninterested? e.g. or i.e.? envy or jealousy? imply or infer? its or it's? material or materiel? poisonous or venomous? practice or practise? principal or principle? tenant or tenet? who's or whose?
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