Practise and practice

Practise and practice

English On The Go: Practise and practice, license and licence, advise and advice

What are the differences between practise and practice, license and licence, advise and advice? When certain words are spelt with ‘s’ rather than ‘c’, they change from a verb to a noun. Then again, it depends on whether you’re using Australian, British or American English.

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2. Activity

After the video, complete the following activity.

Fill in the blanks with practise, practice, license, licence, advise or advice.

1. The Australian government updated its travel _______________ for tourists.

2. “I would ___________________ residents to contact the council directly about any menacing magpies,” she said.

3. I have to renew my ________________ by tonight.

4. It feels good to get out and ___________________ footy even though _________________ sessions can be hard at times.

5. They might __________________ some schools to award their own degrees.

Transcript:

Today’s English On The Go is on the differences between practise and practice, license and licence, advise and advice.

Practise is a verb. To practise can mean to do something to be good at it.

We practise singing every Sunday.

Or it can mean to carry out a particular activity regularly.

We continue to practise our rituals during the festival.

Then there’s practice.

In American English, practice can be a verb and a noun.

But in Australian and British English, practice is just a noun.

I go to piano practice every night.

Same thing with license and licence.

In American English, license can be a verb and a noun.

But in Australian and British English, there is a difference.

License is a verb.

To license can mean to give permission to own, do or use.

They have licensed my company to distribute the videos.

Licence is a noun.

A licence is an official document allowing you to do something.

I just got my boat licence last week.

But the case of advise and advice is different.

Advise is a verb.

The doctor advised me to rest.

Advice is a noun.

I followed my doctor’s advice.

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Answers to activity:

1. The Australian government updated its travel advice for tourists.

2. “I would advise residents to contact the council directly about any menacing magpies,” she said.

3. I have to renew my licence by tonight.

4. It feels good to get out and practise footy even though practice sessions can be hard at times.

5. They might license some schools to award their own degrees.

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