Practise or practice?

Practise or practice?

They sound the same and look similar, but their meanings are different, so how do you know which one to use?

To prastise (verb) is to do something habitually, such as practise playing the guitar, often to improve skill. It is also often used to describe professional work, such as practising law or dentistry.

Practice (noun) refers to an act itself, not who is doing it. Fire practice is the drill an organisation puts in place to test the evacuation of a building in the event of a fire. A practice can also refer to a business or building, such as a dental practice – a group of dentists who operate at a specific location. A practice manager is likely to look after all aspects of running the dental practice.

The difference between the s and the c is an important one.

However, in the US both the verb and noun are written with the c, so make sure you use the right version for the right audience.

Robert Zarywacz

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