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I am having trouble working out whether the following two uses of practice should be the verb (-ise) or the noun (-ice). Can anybody please help clarify?

  1. Every single member of our staff practices/practises discipline

  2. A practiced/practised workforce

I am interested in an answer based on UK English.

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Nouns in English are never inflected (unless you count the genitive), so you know that both of these cases are verbs. In British English, this means you have to use 'practises' and 'practised'.

However, in American English it is required to use the form 'practice' even as a verb.

  • So in UK English it should be (1.) practises and (2.) practised? – Shiro Nov 30 '15 at 14:30
  • Sorry, it wasn't obvious to me that you needed a UK English answer. – Glorfindel Nov 30 '15 at 14:35
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    Actually, in US English, practise is not used at all. US spell checkers won't even recognize it, and autocorrect to practice. – Karen Nov 30 '15 at 16:53
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VERB
Practise is a spelling in British English (BrE), and it is used only as a verb.

In American English (AmE), this verb is spelled practice.

NOUN

Practice is used both in British English and American English. There is no noun spelled practise.

In your sentence 1, the choices you give are different spellings of the verb. If you want the BrE spelling you use practise.

In sentence 2, this is the verb in past participle form, being used as an adjective. Since you want BrE you want to use practised.

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The word “practice” is a noun, it refers to an act itself, not who is doing it.

Examples using the word “practice” (noun)

1.If you want to speak French well, you need to practice.

2.I’m afraid I’m rather out of practice.

3.It is their practice to give annual raises.

Practise is a verb meaning ‘do something repeatedly to improve one skill’. It is a systematic training by multiple repetitions (rehearsing a behavior or engaging in an activity several times repeatedly) in order to improve or mastering that skill. To put this much simply, practise is a verb (doing word) and practice a noun (thing)

.Examples using the word “practise” (verb)

1.The new government has promised all citizens the right to practise their religion.

2.Why don’t you practise what you preach?

3.I’m quite good at tennis but I need to practise my serve.

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