“Please advice” or “Please advise”?

Do you use “Please advice” or “Please advise” in your emails? Well, the correct phrase is actually “Please advise”.

Some grammar experts say that “Please advise” must have an object after the phrase because advise is a transitive verb. But since it’s widely used in our emails, “Please advise” is grammatically accepted. Just take note that some may argue “Please advise” sounds impolite, so try to use it sparingly or check that the content of your email doesn’t come across rude or demanding.

Now let me explain to you the differences between advise and advice. If you notice, both sound similar, but one is spelled with an “s” and the other with a “c”. How you pronounce them is different too.

The correct pronunciation for advise is “advize”, where the “s” sounds like a “z”.
The correct pronunciation for advice is “advice” where the “c” sounds like an “s”.

So what else is different between the two?

Advice is a noun. It is guidance or recommendation about what someone would do.

Here are some examples of how to use advice:

  • I listened to her advice to take lots of rest to recover from the fever.
  • The advice you gave me worked wonders!
  • I appreciate your advice on the matter.
  • Thank you for the advice.

Advise is a verb. It means the act of offering a suggestion about the best course of action to someone. You can say it’s the act of giving someone advice.

Examples:

  • I was advised to take lots of rest to recover from the fever.
  • The board of directors will be advised on the outcome of the meeting.
  • I advise you to be cautious of the situation.
  • Please advise me on how to move forward.

So I hope this has been helpful. Have you been using “Please advice” all this time? If you have, it’s time to change it to “Please advise” or perhaps just not use it at all to avoid sounding rude or impolite.

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