Learn expressions you can use to talk about knowing and not knowing things apart from simply saying, ‘I know,’ or ‘I don’t know’ in a new English Express episode from English Plus Podcast Network.

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[00:00:00] Danny: You don’t have a lot of time, but you still want to learn a new way to express yourself in English every day. I get it, and that’s why I created English Express. This is your host, Danny, and this is English Express. Every day we’ll have a very short episode in which you will learn a new way to express yourself in English.

[00:00:23] Never stop learning, even if you don’t have a lot of time for it. Listen to English Express.

[00:00:34] Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about common mistakes we make using the word advice. You can find the transcript on my website, And now without further ado, let’s talk about common mistakes with the word advice.

[00:00:58] So let me start with this example. My headmaster gave me a good advice on choosing a career. Well look at it or actually listen to it. Think about it. What’s wrong with this? Well, it’s good. It’s okay. My headmaster gave me a good advice on choosing a career. What can be wrong with that? Well, the problem is that advice is an uncountable noun and it is not used with A or AN.

[00:01:22] It is uncountable. You can’t say A or An advice, right? We should say my headmaster gave me some good advice on choosing a career. That’s perfectly fine, but not a good advice. Okay? Remember that advice is an uncountable noun, so never ever use it with A or AN or one, for example. Now for another common mistake. I would like your advice for how to keep fit.

[00:01:48] I would like your advice for how to keep fit. What can be wrong with that? Well, I didn’t use A or AN here. What’s wrong now? Well, the problem is not with the countable or uncountable noun; we didn’t have a problem with that here, but we have a problem with the way we continued the sentence. We said, I would like your advice for how to keep fit.

[00:02:08] That’s not the way to go. We should say advice on or about how to do something. So I should say, I would like your advice on how to keep fit or about how to keep fit, but not for. All right? Remember that— we give advice to people on how to do things or on something, obviously, or about something not for. All right? And now for the last example and the last common mistake I would like to share with you in today’s episode, he adviced me to start looking for another job.

[00:02:41] What’s wrong with that? We can use advice as a verb, right? Not exactly. Not the same, actually. We don’t say advice with A D V I C E because that is the noun advice as a verb, becomes A D V I S E, not C E, and it is pronounced as Z advised me. Not adviced me. Okay. So we should not say, he adviced me with a C.

[00:03:06] We should say, he advised me to start looking for another job and advised here with an S, not a C. So that was everything I wanted to share with you in this English Express episode. Don’t forget to visit my website,, and check the great learning opportunities you can find there.

[00:03:26] Thank you very much for listening to this. This is your host, Danny. I will see you next time.

<a href="" target="_self">Danny Ballan</a>

Danny Ballan


Danny is a podcaster, teacher, and writer. He worked in educational technology for over a decade. He creates daily podcasts, online courses, educational videos, educational games, and he also writes poetry, novels and music.

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