Advice or Advise?

English can be quite confusing.  There are a lot of words and some may sound the same, some with similar spelling but different meaning.  It is almost impossible not to make mistake in English, even if you are a teacher or a university graduate.  The only thing we could be is perhaps to avoid making them.

There are these 2 words which can be confusing – “Advise” and “Advice”.    When do you use “advise” and/or “advice”.  Firstly, we need to understand that these 2 words though somewhat sound the same, have different meaning.  “Advise” is a verb meaning the act of giving a recommendation and therefore refers to the act of giving advice. E.g.  The lawyer advised that the defendant plead guilty to the charges.    “Advice” on the other hand is a noun meaning recommendation.  E.g. The client thanked the lawyer for his detailed advice.

There are many other confusing words such as altogether vs all together, any one vs anyone, borrow vs lend,  everyday vs every day, enquiry vs inquiry, I vs me, me vs my, who vs whom, and the list goes on and on..

Here are some useful resources on Common Mistakes and Confusing Words in English.  They are easy to understand so very suitable for students too. Happy reading …

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