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This is one of the mistakes I see so often in students’ (and sometimes teachers’!) written work.

For example:

1. I must practice my English speaking more in order to improve.

2. In this class I will give students extra practise in pronunciation.

These sentences are incorrect. So, what’s wrong with them? Well, in number 1. it should be practise (the verb) and in number 2. practice (the noun).

The reason people often make mistakes is because the pronunciation of the 2 words is the same. A  way to make sure you always use the correct word is to think about a similar pair of words; advice (the noun) and advise (the verb).

Here, advice the noun is pronuounced ‘ice’ as in ice cream and advise is pronounced ‘ise’ as in rise, whereas both practise and practice are pronounced ‘iss’ as in miss.

Try a substitution exercise for sentences 1 and 2 above to help you remember the spelling:

1. I must ______ my English speaking more in order to improve.

What fits grammatically, advice or advise? Advise so the correct form = practise

2. In this class I will give students extra ______ in pronunciation.

What fits grammatically, advice or advise? Advice so the correct form = practice

Or in short:

s for a verb

c for a noun

Fiona
Target English

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One thought on “… remember the difference between practice and practise

  1. Hi Fiona,

    I am just at the point of sending a book to print and we had a horrible thought that maybe throughout the book we had put in the wrong ‘practice’ or ‘practise’. I knew one was a verb and one was a noun but could not remember which was which. LOVED your explanation – that’s sooooooo easy to remember and I’m very grateful I was able to find such a clear and concise answer so easily. So THANK YOU!

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