In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English (e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc) which learners often find difficult. This week’s tip is about practice and practise.
In British English, practice (a noun) should not be confused with practise (a verb). These two words sound exactly the same:
✗ Soldiers had only a few days in which
to practice manoeuvres.
✓Soldiers had only a few days in which to practise manoeuvres.
✗ The important thing is to put it
✓ The important thing is to put it into practice.
However, in American English, both the noun and the verb are spelled practice:
Waylans broke his wrist during practice and will be unable to pitch in tomorrow’s game.
How many hours a day do you practice the piano?