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I’ve heard some people confusing the words counsel and council. Here’s the difference between the two.


Counsel is a verb that means to give advice, or it can be a noun that refers to that advice.

  • I counselled her to be careful about the hot sauce this restaurant served.
  • Thank you for your thoughtful counsel.


Council, on the other hand, is a noun that refers to a body of people that governs a group or organization.

  • Please submit your written request to the council.
  • Six members of the council will take your side in the court.

Which words do you confuse? Let me know in the comments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copywriter and copyeditor. I blog on writing tips mostly, but I sometimes throw in my thoughts about running a small business. Follow me on Twitter at @hotpepper.

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