From an outsider, I think advice and suggestion have similar meanings.

But I don't understand why the noun suggestion is countable whereas advice isn't. We can ask:

  1. Can you give me two or three suggestions on how to improve my English?

But not

  1. Can you give me two or three advices on how to improve my English?

In order for sentence 2 to be considered grammatical, we have to say

  1. Can you give me two or three pieces of advice...

Which seems redundant to me.

Is there an explanation behind this difference?

  • The noun advice is used as a mass noun which is uncountable. A piece of advice, two pieces of advice are broadly used when you need to count the number of advice. When it means a formal notice of a financial transaction, it is a countable noun. It is in the dictionary. – user140086 Jan 24 '16 at 6:26
  • Also related: Is “Just a friendly advice” grammatical? – Mari-Lou A Jan 24 '16 at 9:37
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    The OP isn't asking how to use "advice" in a sentence, but why it is not countable if we consider that the noun suggestion, which has a similar meaning, is. I think it's a very valid question, and not one that can be answered by looking up in a dictionary. – Mari-Lou A Jan 24 '16 at 9:40
  • "Why" questions like this are rarely answerable with anything better than "because of tradition". There are not really any rules for countable vs. mass nouns. – Barmar Jan 25 '16 at 20:59

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