Practice or Practise

Which is correct? Practice or Practise?

The confusion between these two words isn’t helped by the fact that in US English only ‘practice’ is used.

In British English, however, there is a difference: practice is the noun and practise, the verb.

It is often confused as illustrated by this lovely sub-headline on the Times Online website

Yes, yet another “I saw this and thought of you” grammar error*.

  • I visited the doctor’s practice (noun).
  • The doctor has been practising medicine for 10 years. (verb)

There’s no quick way to remember this that I’m aware of, unless any readers out there have any tips?

*ThriftyGal made up for this by also sending me “I saw this and thought of you” button badges for Jason from Friday 13th and Fred Krueger, which I assume came from the SFX special edition entry on her blog.


One thought on “Practice or Practise

  1. Easy way to remember: substitute advice and advise. Doctor's advice, a doctor advises – few people get advice and advise mixed up so if you substitute, it's an easy way to figure it out.


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