Lisa's week: Quick tip of the week - advice vs. advise
Every now and again, I’m going to give you a quick tip about a wrongly used word, a false friend or a typical mistake. These are the common errors I hear many times a week and which land on my mistake bingo card!
This week, the difference between advice and advise.
- Pronounced: ədˈvaɪs
- Written with a “C”
- Is an uncountable noun, which means that it cannot be plural nor can you say “an advice”.
- You give someone advice.
- Pronounced: ədˈvaɪz
- Written with an “S”
- Is a verb
- You advise someone to do something
- You advise doing (or not doing) something
- You advise that something be done
- You advise against something
- You advise on a topic
- You advise someone when to do something/what to do/which to take etc
What is Lisa's week?
"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"
Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday
Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?
Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?
Episode 4: The sound of London