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Note 23 – Is it practice or practise?

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link –  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 23, then please read on…

When to use practice and practise

The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Manser & Stephen Curtis (Penguin Reference Library), explains quite simply that in British English, practice is the noun and practise is the verb.  In American English the spelling is practice in all circumstances. 

British English

1. Practice (noun)

I have a dental practice in the high street

I am going to flute practice tomorrow

2. Practise (verb – to practise)

Please leave me alone for an hour to practise my singing

I love practising medicine

American English

1. Practice (for everything)

I am going to flute practice tomorrow

I love practicing medicine

My thoughts: This is another one like note 22 yesterday (programme and program) where it is learnable.  As long as I think for a moment before typing the word, it shouldn’t be a problem getting it right. 

I enjoyed my course today – day one of ‘train the trainer’.  I have an assessment on Thursday so I have to practise and be prepared!  As I’ve been learning all day today I must sign off now and rest my head. Hope you’ve had a great Monday.

Until tomorrow…



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About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Please let me know what you think of my blog - constructive comments welcome. Have a great day Sandra Freelance Writer


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