Should you spell it ‘practise’ or ‘practice’? And what’s the difference between the two? We’ll answer both questions in this article, plus teach you how to use them both in a sentence.
In short, the difference between these two words is:
They both mean the same thing.
As we just learned, ‘practise’ is the British English spelling of the word. ‘Practice’ is more commonly used in American English.
It's also used in British English as a noun rather than a verb.
There is no real difference between the words other than spelling and, with practice, usage in British English.
But the words mean the same thing. However, they shouldn’t be used interchangeably.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of the words is to carry out, to apply, or to be professionally engaged in (i.e., practicing medicine).
Use it to refer to the act of performing often, performing at work, and to train by repeated exercises.
Other definitions include the usual way of doing something, a repeated or customary action, or an actual application or performance.
Wondering how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
Now that we know what the words mean and how to pronounce them let’s see some examples of how to use them in a sentence.
Remember that these words can be used interchangeably if your audience happens to change. Just swap out one word for the other.
To recap, we learned that both words mean the same thing. The only difference is usage. The version with the ‘c’ is the American English spelling of the word, and the version with the ‘s’ is the British English spelling of the word.
If you ever get stuck on anything, you can always come back for a quick refresher. We’ve got a ton of content on other confusing words and phrases you might see while learning the English language. Go check it out.
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