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barefootcook · 16/04/2014 09:30

Does anyone know of a simple way to teach children when to use practice and practise?

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FaintlyMacabre · 16/04/2014 09:32

Think about advise and advice- same spelling pattern for noun and verb but a very different pronunciation.

NigellasDealer · 16/04/2014 09:34

practice is the noun and practise the verb right?

the only way i can remember is to compare with advice and advise which is far easier to get your head round cos of differing pronunciation.

to be honest i doubt if even their teachers would know this well.

does it really matter? (speaking as a lifelong pedant)

NigellasDealer · 16/04/2014 09:34

X post faintly Grin

Morgause · 16/04/2014 09:38

Alphabetical order.

c comes before s in the alphabet and n for noun comes before v for verb.

plantsitter · 16/04/2014 09:40

I always remember it by thinking of the 's' as a wavy, flexible letter that doesn't mind if you change what comes after (like e, or ing, or whatever) so that's the verb whereas 'c' is a fixed and strict letter that won't change so that's the noun.

It makes sense to me... But now I see it written down I'm not sure it will to anyone else!!

SconeRhymesWithGone · 16/04/2014 13:05

"Ice is an noun. There is ice in practice so practice is a noun." I learned this from MN. I am American so don't have to made the distinction. We use practice for both.

throckenholt · 16/04/2014 13:09

hmm -ise it the verb ending - eg apologise, advertise, digitise etc

SconeRhymesWithGone · 16/04/2014 13:11

And that would be "a noun" in my post above, not "an noun."

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