Refresher no. 1 on the correct use of words


Errors are oftentimes committed in the use of words having similarities in spelling or pronunciation, but
not in meaning. Choose the appropriate word to complete each sentence.

  1. Children (advice, advise) their parents who are senior citizens to stay at home.
  2. Let us listen to the (advice, advise) of good financial managers.
  3. We treasure the sound (advice, advise, advices, advises) of our parents.
  4. Why don’t you (advice, advise) your friend to have a dialog with his boss?
  5. Everybody is happy because the project is (all ready, already) finished.
  6. My students are (all ready, already) for their final exams.
  7. Have you (all ready, already) forgotten the happy days we have had together?
  8. Let’s start the program because the guest speaker is here (already, all ready).
  9. We are (all ready, already) for the outreach program tomorrow.
  10. Has the medical team (all ready, already) arrived?


  1. advise
  2. advice
  3. advice
  4. advise
  5. already
  6. all ready
  7. already
  8. already
  9. all ready
  10. already

ADVICE is always used as a noun. It refers to an opinion or recommendation regarding a course of action; counsel. In this context, it is singular in form. You may use SOME ADVICE, A PIECE OF ADVICE, PIECES OF ADVICE but not ADVICES. (See sentences 2 and 3).

ADVICES is used only for news/ dispatches or official information. Ex. Have you received the latest payment ADVICES from the lending company?

ADVISE is always used as a verb. It means to counsel, to give advice, to recommend a course of action, etc. ( See sentences 1 and 4).

ALL READY (written as two words) means “completely or entirely ready.” ( See sentences 6 and 9).

ALREADY indicates “by this time.” (See sentences 5, 7, 8, and 10).*