I see this happen all the time, and for some reason it irks me to the point of screaming. Well, not really screaming out loud (unless I'm home and it's something I see on TV), but close. I will be the first to admit that I don't always have a clear grasp of spelling and grammar, but I must have learned a lot more of it than the twits I encounter on a daily basis.
For instance, today there was a local news broadcast about one of our Seattle schools that will close for a week because of the Swine Flu outbreak in our area. While I was listening to the reporter at the school I caught a glimpse of the sign on the door of the school. Now, keep in mind this was not a hand written piece of paper stuck to the window of the door to the school. It was something typewritten in large bold font. I only caught a bit of it, but enough to see that per "health department advise" they had chosen to close the school for the time being.
Are there grammar and spelling faux pas that drive you crazy?
Advice is a 'thing' which makes it a noun. Advise is an action, which makes it a verb.
Let's just get this straight. Here is how you use the two words:
|1.||an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.: I shall act on your advice.|
|2.||a communication, esp. from a distance, containing information: Advice from abroad informs us that the government has fallen. Recent diplomatic advices have been ominous.|
|3.||an official notification, esp. one pertaining to a business agreement: an overdue advice.|
American Psychological Association (APA):
Ad*vise"\, v. t. 1. To consider; to deliberate. [Obs.] Advise if this be worth attempting. --Milton. 2. To take counsel; to consult; -- followed by with; as, to advise with friends.