advice: ✓ advice: ✗ advices, an advice

By | October 24, 2016
*advices*, *an advice*
The advice I would give to someone is not to take anyone’s advice.
Il consiglio che darei a qualcuno è di non accettare i consigli di nessuno.
- Eddie Murphy

When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.
Quando tua madre ti chiede “Vuoi un consiglio?” è una mera formalità. Non importa se rispondi sì o no. Lo riceverai lo stesso.
- Erma Bombeck
✓ Can I give you some advice?
✓ Can I give you a piece of advice?
✗ Can I give you *an* advice?
Posso darti un consiglio?
✓ That’s excellent advice.
✗ That’s *an* excellent advice.
Quello è un ottimo consiglio.
✓ He never listens to my advice.
✗ He never listens to my *advices*.
Non ascolta mai i miei consigli.
Unlike the Italian noun consiglio, the noun advice in English is uncountable, which means that we can’t say *one advice*, *two advices*, *three advices*, etc. (in other words, it has no plural form: *advices* doesn’t exist). We typically say some advice, a piece of advice or a bit of advice. (Other determiners are possible too, such as a lot of advice.)

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