CS Sealey

New Zealand-based sub-editor, writer and author

The difference between council and counsel

You have to love the English language for making itself hard to learn on purpose!

council (noun)—an advisory body of individuals, often elected by the public

The council will meet today to discuss the design plans for the new plaza.

‘I was granted an interview with a member of the Jedi Council!’

counsel (noun)—advice given in a formal manner

Before he left on his journey, the King took counsel with his most trusted advisors.

With wise counsel, you could gain a lot of money on Wall Street.

counsel (verb)—to give advice or professional help

The students were counselled on the importance of their upcoming exams.

Due to the severity of the injury, the doctor counselled a period of extended rest.

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