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  • That’s a good one, Steve. Me, I still use something I’ve been using since I was a kid [and that’s going back several decades now 😉 ] and that’s, alphabetically, C comes before S and so does Noun come before Verb.

  • all good tips, thanks, though of course advice/ise and device/ise are pronounced differently, unlike practice/ise. I can’t think of any other verb/noun pairs off the top of my head where the pronunciation is the same but spelling different

  • An English friend of mine gave me this tip which he learned in grammar school in Bolton: Nelson’s Column, Victoria Square — this means you should use a “c” in the spelling if it’s a “noun” or “s” if it’s a “verb” — according to the first letters of the tip words!

  • @Liz: Another such pair is “license” (v) and “licence” (n). Here also American English uses only one spelling, but in this case it’s the one with S.