Thursday, March 29, 2007


Can anyone out there give me a good explanation of when I should use the word "practice" and when it should be "practise".

I've habitually used the "practice" one when I'm talking about "drum practice" or "band practice", you know, the act of doing something to get better at it. But I looked both words up in the dictionary the other day and that has led to untold confusion.

Is it just the case that the "s" one is the Americanism or does one refer to a Doctor's practice etc and the other refer to mastering a skill and stuff?



Lady divine said...

i tried looking up for it and got confused myself now.. oh my... gotta ask someone else and see...

drac said...

practise is the verb form, practice is the noun form.

In the UK, at least.

In America, there is no distinction and the same word (practice) is used in both.

practice is unusual case, note the spelling differences in defence/defense and offense/offence

Anonymous said...

Practise is a verb - only.

Practice is both a noun and a verb.

Check for more info!

thelollydj said...

There's a little memory-jogger as well.
Practice, the noun, has ICE (the noun) contained within.
Practise, the verb, has IS inside.

Ami said...

Practice = training, sport practice etc

Practise = Dental practise/Dr practise, Practise of ones’ religion

I don’t worry too much about the English language, there are so many words that are so similar yet with vastly differing meanings. If the person reading my writing get the gist then I am fine with it. Lol
Take ‘cool’ for eg. When it does get into the dictionary one day with definitions of ‘chic’ ‘hip’ or ‘good’, people are going to ask,many years from now, “when do I use the word ‘cool’? Is it when the weather is cool or when something is to my liking?”