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Hi there.

I've been told that there is not a plural word for "advice".
So, you shouldn't say, "I'll give you some advices" or something like that.

That the plural would be "pieces of advice".

Is that right?

I mean in formal speech /writing and in common informal speech also.

Thanks.
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OK, I'll get in on this one.

(1) We must first distinguish between the meaning of the word and the use of the word, which MH has mentioned in his last post: 'It depends on the status of the speaker and the tone she uses'. I agree absolutely-- this is one of the key factors in the utility and versatility of the English language. .. and never fails to dumbfound learners, who expect words to stay still , to sit placidly where they are placed in their dictionary definitions. As far as use is concerned, I am completely unable to order the three words under discussion, for the reasons MH has given.

As for meaning, I would consider 'recommendation' stronger than 'suggestion', and 'advice' as about level with the former-- pretty much MH's ranking, I think.

(2) Has anyone googled 'advices' or looked it up in the dictionary? I say this because when I was in the accounting business, we always had a big pile of 'purchase advices' and 'sale advices' (notices of stock sales and purchases) to enter into the books of account-- of course, this may have been just financial slang.
my ranking is advice is most severe, then recommendation, then suggestion. advice seems to be from the top to the bottom, from the boss to the underling, from father to son. an advice is almost like a warning with consequence if you don't do it. a recommendation is a strong suggestion.
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advice is already in plural foam but some times when advice is coming from distance than we use acvices for that.
example:-i got advices from delhi.
here advice is coming from delhi .

example:-please give me some advice .
here it's in plural foam but not using (s).
Anonymoussome times when advice is coming from distance than we use acvices for that.
I guess CJ would say "No! No! No!!!"

Read again the thread, please.
If you want to change advice to plural I think It would be better if you used " a piece of advice" or "some advice" without "s" ...
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Actually, you are right the plural form for ADVICE is PIECES OF ADVICE. It does not matter if we are talking or writing.

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Connected with this question on usage of the word "advice" could any one help with this question. I would like to know correct usage if i am referring to one singular piece of advice. For example, saying

"one suggestion, one advice, one recommendation, can be very helpful."

Is it correct to say "one advice"? It feels awkward to write and say it - feels more natural to say "one piece of advice". But for the sake of brevity, i'm wondering, is it gramatically correct to say "one advice" meaning one piece of advice.

Thanks!!
AnonymousConnected with this question on usage of the word "advice" could any one help with this question. I would like to know correct usage if i am referring to one singular piece of advice. For example, saying"one suggestion, one advice, one recommendation, can be very helpful." Is it correct to say "one advice"? It feels awkward to write and say it - feels more natural to say "one piece of advice". But for the sake of brevity, i'm wondering, is it gramatically correct to say "one advice" meaning one piece of advice.Thanks!!
One bit of advice, one piece of advice, but not "one advice."

(Thank goodness you asked a new question. I can't tell you how often there are threads that are years old, asked and answered, and someone comes along five years later and answers it again, as though it were new information!)
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Back when we were in school, we've been taught to use "bits of advise" as plural form of advise. It's like "pieces of advise." Bits is plural like piece.

Thanks for your time,

Tigerlily
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