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    What's the difference

    Hi!
    Would you ,please, tell me the exact difference between "advise" and "recommend".How can it be explained to the students without causing confusion?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: What's the difference

    I think 'to recommend' is to go a step further than advise.
    To advise is to give suggestions in general. To recommend is to lead to a more specific solution.
    For example, when you are sick you friend advice you to seek a doctor. He goes further to recommend a doctor to you, Dr XXX.

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    Re: What's the difference

    Additionally,
    -Synonyms
    Recommendation is weaker than advice and suggests an opinion that may or may not be acted upon: Do you think he'll follow my recommendation?

    advice - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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    Re: What's the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I think 'to recommend' is to go a step further than advise.
    To advise is to give suggestions in general. To recommend is to lead to a more specific solution.
    For example, when you are sick you friend advice you to seek a doctor. He goes further to recommend a doctor to you, Dr XXX.

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    Not bad, but try:
    When you are sick your friend advises you to see a doctor. He goes further to recommend a doctor to you.

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    Exclamation Re: What's the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Additionally,
    -Synonyms
    Recommendation is weaker than advice and suggests an opinion that may or may not be acted upon: Do you think he'll follow my recommendation?

    advice - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    I agree with soup.
    Basically the meanings of ‘advise’ and ‘recommend’ are the same. However, the role of an advisor is much greater than that of a recommender. One who gives advice must be a knowledgeable person because his advice is a piece of information that will provide additional knowledge/foresight with a positive direction. The advisor to a government or a company definitely posses high caliber of knowledge, wisdom and intelligence. While a recommender can be any body who gives a piece of information about what others think is sound and good
    Example: The doctor advised him not to take medicine with alcohol.
    My doctor recommends that I should see a specialist for my disease.

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