Practise and practice

Many people confuse these words. It’s not really difficult though – practice is a noun and practise is a verb. For example:

  • My father retired from legal practice in August 2008.
  • Do I have to go to netball practice tonight?
  • Making model aeroplanes is a somewhat nerdy practice.*

Contrast the above uses of practice with the following:

  •  My father practised law for over 45 years.
  • I want you girls to practise shooting baskets.
  • Practising making model aeroplanes is nerdy too.

A few other word pairs operate the same way, such as licence and license, and advice and advise.


* I know – I still have most of the plastic planes I made in the 70s.



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