This is part of the dif­fer­ence between series.

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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