WORD NERD: IS IT ADVICE OR ADVISE?
If you can remember that advise is a verb and advice is a noun, you shouldn’t have trouble using those two words incorrectly. And another thing: The s in advise is pronounced like a z. The c in advice is pronounced like an s.
So what’s the difference between the two words?
When you are telling someone what you think they should do, or if you are informing someone about something in a formal way, use advise.
When you are offering guidance or recommendations to someone, use advice.
- SDA National advises all members to read the SDA Code of Ethics.
- The chapter president advised its officers to read the chapter bylaws and standing rules.
- [Language copied from SDA’s white paper template. In the last sentence, I switched out “recommended” for “advises.”] The contents of SDA White Papers are considered the opinion of the author. SDA does not endorse any products or services mentioned, and SDA does not assume responsibility for any circumstances arising out of the interpretation, application, use or misuse of any information presented. SDA advises the reader to consult the appropriate legal, financial or human resource counsel before implementing information contained herein.
- Let me give you some advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Just worry about what you can control within your circle of influence.
- SDA members are tremendous source of information, and they can offer business advice in the areas of HR, finance, project management, marketing, and general office administration.
- I need your advice on the projector you think we should buy for the office.
Judy Beebe, FSDA is a member of the SDA National Membership
Committee and serves as the 2019-2020 Seattle Chapter Vice President.