It’s no wonder that advice and advise are often confused by many. They’re used in similar contexts and separated by only one letter. But, that letter signals important distinctions to keep in mind when using the terms. So, what are the differences between the two words – advice vs advise?
This website is full of useful advice, which is not to say that we advise you! Even so, in making this site available for you to read, you could argue that we are in fact – advising you at the same time!
The first piece of advice is a simple answer…
The sentences above are simple examples of the main difference between advise and advice. The noun ‘advice’ and the verb ‘advise’ are prone to misuse throughout the web, in life, conversation, and in sales information.
Advisory note: The last three letters of advice rhyme with ‘ice’.
In simple terms, ‘advice’ is an item, be it a collection of research data or a hive of personal experiences. For example, this website is all about advice in one form or another.
Whereas, to ‘advise’ is the passing on of that information or advice to others. In fact, this article is an advisory meant to help people understand the key differences.
It is not uncommon for people to seek advice from a solicitor. They have access to knowledge about the law via journals and collections of statutes.
Using this as an example, the specialist knowledge that solicitors have is a treasured database. So, the information that they have is the advice that you want.
If you ask for their advice, they will of course give it (for a fee). Thus, in passing that information over to you, they will be advising you.
Advice About Giving Advice
Staying with our example on the difference between advice and advise. A solicitor might say they are ‘giving’ you advice, implying that it is free. In fact, you would be paying for it when he or she advises you! So, they passed the knowledge or information that they had over to you as your adviser.
Advising is the act of giving advice to someone, whether they asked for it or not. At that point you become the adviser (or counselor). The advised person may then decide whether to accept it as good or bad advice.
There is an easy way to differentiate between advise and advice using a rhyming tip:
- We advise people to be wise.
- Please thank us for the nice advice!
Having dependable advice about a certain subject means you may get asked to help as an independent adviser. This is sometimes the case at formal or informal meetings. You will not be present to help decide the outcome, but to offer expert advice when asked. Others will make use of it and decide whether to use it or not.
Advice and Advise Difference with Examples
- Some illustrations of alternative spellings would be advize (rarely used), advizor, and advizory.
- Advice: You can take advice from someone or you can give advice to someone.
- Advise: You cannot take or give advise, but you can advise someone or ask someone else to advise you.
- Advised: You may get advised by a friend or by a professional, that what you are thinking or doing is wrong (or right).
- Advising: In this article, we are advising you to many different ways of using the word ‘advice’.
- Adviser: So, if we are so advising you, we are acting as advisers (or advisors). The different spellings mean the same thing, but with geographical differences for use. The USA and Canada tend to use the ‘advisor’ version to describe a professional person.
- Advisory: An Advisory can be a report or other literature which purports to give advice on certain matters. It is not a compulsory suggestion or an order, even though it contains advice about a given subject.