Among the cringe-worthy grammar errors we see every day, the misuse of “advise” ranks right up there with the misuse of “myself.”
I’m seeing it more and more often, both here on Active Rain and in other articles, posts, and comments around the Internet. And every time it does make me cringe.It no doubt makes some clients and prospects cringe as well - which is why I bring it up every few months.
It’s used incorrectly in “Thank you for the advise,” or “Would you please give me some advise on how to…” In an AR comment it might say “I appreciate the good advise.”
- “Advise” is not a noun.
- “Advise” is a verb. That means it’s an action word – something you DO.
The proper way to say those sentences would be
- “Thank you for advising me.”
- “Would you please advise me on how to…”
- “I appreciate you taking time to advise…”
Perhaps these writers don’t know there IS a correct word to use? There is. The word is “advice.” Just change the s to c.
- “Thank you for the advice.”
- “Would you please give me some advice on…”
- “I appreciate the good advice.”
How can you remember the difference? There’s an easy memory trick:
The ending of “advice” is “ice.” Ice is a noun – advice is a noun. (Come to think of it, so is vice.) When spoken, it rhymes with ice and vice. (And mice and lice) You can give someone ice and you can give someone advice. As for vice – I suppose you can give that if you lead someone astray.
“Advise” ends in ise… which is a suffix referring to function. It is pronounced as if it had been written with an ize rather than ise.
More ways to remember:
Think about when you were in school and had an adviser. Or maybe you had a job as an adviser. Say it out loud. Now try to say you had an advicer. Sounds pretty goofy, doesn’t it?
What about the word "myself"
If proper use of "myself" confuses you, check out this article.
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