American English vs British English spelling
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American English vs British English spelling


Hi I’m Georgina from BBC Learning English. In today’s lesson, we’re going to look at 3 differences between American English and British English spelling. Words which end with ‘–er’ in American English, often end in ‘–re’ in British English. For example: ‘I live in the center of town.’ changes to ‘centre’. Normally, verbs which end in ‘–ize’ in American English can be spelt in British English with either ‘–ize’ or ‘–ise’. For example: ‘Can you organize the meeting?’, changes to ‘organise’ (or ‘organize’). Sometimes words with ‘–or’ in American English can be spelt in British English using ‘–our’. For example: ‘What’s your favorite color?’ changes to ‘favourite’ ‘colour’. It doesn’t matter whether you use American English or British English spelling. Just make sure you use one or the other.

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