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Practice or Practise

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hollyisalovelyname · 29/09/2013 10:56

I probably asked this before but I've forgotten what is correct.
I know practise is a verb
Practice is a noun.
Is it 'Do some piano practice or 'do some piano practise'
Is it 'Practise your writing' - ( I think this is right) or 'Practice your writing'
A doctor's practice. ?
He is practising medicene.
Aghhhh, so difficult.
Is it joined writing or joint writing?

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DonkeysDontRideBicycles · 29/09/2013 12:31

You have it nailed!

Come and do your piano practiCe.
A doctor's practiCe Costs a lot to set up.
PractiSe Singing every day.
PractiCe makes perfeCt.
I muSt practiSe my lineS.

PS I'd say, Joined up writing.

LiberalPedant · 29/09/2013 14:54

I read on another thread that an easy way to remember the difference is that "ice" is a noun and "practice" has ice in it.

BTW, the distinction is not used in US English; it is "practice" for both.

Greythorne · 29/09/2013 14:55

Think of advice (noun) and advise (verb) and you will never get it wrong.

hollyisalovelyname · 29/09/2013 19:40

Thank you. DN is doing joined up writing. He calls it joint writing!!!

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MirandaGoshawk · 01/10/2013 14:59

Advise & advice is my way of remembering it too. Just substitute in your head. Ds is [advising] the piano = practising. He has to do his piano [advice] = piano practice.

Cooroo · 02/10/2013 23:47

Devise/device is a similar pairing. Refuse is pronounced differently if it is a noun or a verb but the spelling is the same. Must be more!

LiberalPedant · 04/10/2013 16:10

I think it is interesting that American English preserves the advise/advice and device/devise distinctions, but not practice/practise. I think the reason is that, in the other pairings, the words are pronounced differently, but practice/practise are pronounced the same.

MirandaGoshawk · 04/10/2013 16:21

Liberal - we had this discussion on here a while back. Apparently there are big areas of the US that still use both practice and practise.

MirandaGoshawk · 04/10/2013 16:23

But in the 'standard' US usage, practise isn't recognised. (recognized Grin )

LiberalPedant · 04/10/2013 20:59

Miranda Do you have a link to that thread? I really don't think that there are many instances of the distinction used in US English today. I think that it would not necessarily be wrong, but it would be unusual.

This is interesting:

MirandaGoshawk · 04/10/2013 22:28

The thread was about Aussie English. An MNer said that in her part of the US they use both. Here's the link from the thread:


Linda29 · 05/07/2019 06:32

In which of these instances has practise/practice been used correctly. Keeping in mind, these are used as shown and more complete sentences:

It's all about practice
Repeated practice
Key to achieving success in these areas is all about practise, practise, practise
Practise communication skills
Practise developing a rich and inspiring speaking voice
Practise working with open-ended questions as much as possible

DadDadDad · 05/07/2019 20:52

You do know you've resurrected a 6 year old thread?

The only one that's incorrect is:
Key to achieving success in these areas is all about practise, practise, practise
because you should have noun at the end there.

bananasandwicheseveryday · 14/07/2019 18:19

When children at school ask me, I tell them that practice has ice, a noun hidden in it and that practise has is, a verb hidden within.

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