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annodomini Thu 02-Feb-17 18:06:04

Why do so many people confuse advise and advice?
'Advise' is a verb and rhymes with 'eyes'.
'Advice' is a noun and rhymes with 'ice'.

And, while I am on the subject:
'Practise' is a verb;
'Practice' is a noun. Unfortunately the pronunciation is the same.

Bellasnana Thu 02-Feb-17 18:36:08

Probably the same people who confuse 'lose' and 'loose' 😫

Christinefrance Thu 02-Feb-17 19:16:57

Also 'Councillor' and 'Counsellor' . Sound much the same but such different jobs.

Marje Thu 02-Feb-17 19:48:03

How about 'there', 'their' and 'they're'?

gulligranny Thu 02-Feb-17 20:14:39

Annodomini - the Americans have "practice" and "practise" round the other way, which leads to even more confusion!

rockgran Thu 02-Feb-17 20:16:48

I remember that practice is a noun because you can say 'the ice' but not "the ise".

grumppa Thu 02-Feb-17 20:17:18

Licence and license.

NanaMacGeek Thu 02-Feb-17 20:41:59

Lose and loose,
Chose and choose,
Nose and noose

How about -
The dog on the lead was led around the lead mines?