"-se" vs. "-ce"
Here comes another bummer. 😀
How many times did you have to wonder if a word is spelt with an “-se” or a “-ce“? Many students and even adults are unsure if there is a difference between:
- “advice” and “advise“
- “practice” and “practise“
Yes, there is a difference but it has nothing to do with them being American English or British English.
- advice (n.) – an opinion that someone offers to you about what you should or should not do
- advise (v.) – the act of giving opinion to someone about what you should or should not do
- practice (n.) – regular action to improve your skill
- practise (v.) – the act of doing something regularly to improve your skill
advice vs. advise
- I gave him some advice ( = opinion ) before he left abroad.
- Take my advice and get a doctor to look into your health problem.
- Could you please advise ( = give opinion to ) your students on the importance of consultation hours?
- Dad had advised me to stay away from bad hats, but I refused, so now I’m in deep trouble.
practice vs. practise
- To do well in grammar, you need plenty of practice ( = regular action ).
- The coach said there is a football practice this afternoon.
- Practise ( = do regularly ) makes perfect, so keep practising until you can play the piano well.
- You have to be serious when you practise, or else you’ll not improve.
So, good people, I’m advising you to practise using verbal and written English as much as you can because without practice, you’ll not be good at it. Take my advice 🙂