Communication Skills

JS Tip 17: From the Writing Workshops: “Advice” and “Advise”

Pam Drew of the City of Carlsbad asked us to explore the differences between “advise” and “advice.”

(Part of the problem stems from the spelling and the pronunciation: a “vise” on the toolbench is pronounced “vice” as in “the vice president.” “Put the board in the vise.” It’s confusing.)

“Advise” is an action. It’s something you do: “I advise you to join the Witness Protection Program.”

“Advice” is a thing. It’s the counsel you give: “I gave you my advice. You ignored it. Now  you have bullet holes in the back of your car.”

A key phrase to help you remember is “I advise you to take the advice.”

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