Practice and Practise

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What is the difference between practice and practise?

If you're following US convention, use practice (i.e., practice can be used as a noun or a verb). If you're following British convention, you must use practice for the noun but practise for the verb. For example: Note: Some in the US are starting to follow the UK convention.

Practice and Practise

If you're following US convention, you don't need to worry about the difference between practice and practise as you can use practice as a noun or a verb. However, if you're following British convention, you must know the difference between a noun and a verb to know whether to use practice and practise. (Note: Practice is a noun, but practise is a verb.)

If you follow UK convention and you're not sure how to identify nouns and verbs, this page will show you a few tricks to help.

A Trick To Spot Practice

Try using the word preparation (or lessons) instead of practice. If the sentence still makes sense, then practice is almost certainly correct.

(This trick works because practice is a noun, just like the words preparation and lessons.)

A Trick To Spot Practise

Try using the verb to prepare (in its various forms, e.g., preparing, prepared, prepares) instead of practise. If the sentence still makes sense, then practise is almost certainly correct. However, if you find yourself trying to use preparation, then you should be using practice because both are nouns.

(This trick works because to practise is a verb, just like to prepare.)

Example Sentences with Practice and Practise

Here are some examples with practice and practise:

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Practising or Practised?

If you're following British convention, there should be no confusion with practising or practised as these are words formed from the verb to practise. In other words, for Brits, the words practicing and practiced do not exist. Look at this example:


As this came from a British publication, it should say practises not practices.

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