Never Confuse “Practice” with “Practise”
Practice is a noun, it refers to an act itself; it’s an action rather than an idea.
Practise is a verb , it refers to ‘do something repeatedly to improve one skill’; to do an activity or train regularly so that one can improve his skill.
To put this much simply, practise is a verb (doing word) and practice a noun (thing).
NOTE: In American English, both the noun and the verb are spelled “practice”. Both forms are however used in the British English. As a matter of fact, in other English speaking countries (Australia, Canada, UK, Ireland, and South Africa), “practice” is the noun and “practise” the verb. Therefore it is important to make sure that you use the right version for the right audience.
Here are some examples below using the word “practice” (a noun) and “practise” (a verb):
Examples using the word “practice” (noun)
- If you want to speak French well, you need to practice.
- It is their practice to give annual raises.
- I can’t see how your plan is going to work in practice.
- It is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner.
- Are you coming to football practice this evening?
- My singing practice has been a little lax, lately.
- She refused to play the piano, because she was out of practice.
- She ran a thriving medical practice.
Examples using the word “practise” (verb)
- The new government has promised all citizens the right to practise their religion.
- Why don’t you practise what you preach?
- I’m quite good at tennis but I need to practise my serve.
- She practises the violin every day.
- She practised medicine for twenty years before she became a writer.
- I need to practise my English.
- They are practising for the Olympic games.
- A practising doctor.
If you are having difficulty of remembering the difference between “practise” and “practice” then you can try using the method below.
Practice is a noun. It has the word ice in it, which is a noun. Practise is a verb. It has the word is in it, which is a verb.
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