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1answer
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“Exercise” but not “exercize”

Many words are spelled with -ise in British English and -ize in American English: realise/realize sanitise/sanitize scrutinise/scrutinize But exercise can only be spelled with -ise, never with ...
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1answer
566 views

How to know when the z can't be used instead of s in an ending? [duplicate]

I'm familiar with -se -ses -sation etc endings being British and the American equivalent being with z rather than s. However, I stumbled on the word "improvisation", which apparently can't be spelled ...
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2answers
344 views

What is more widely used in UK English: -ise or -ize? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “s” vs. “z” in BE vs. AE Are the endings “-zation” and “-sation” interchangeable? I was asked on a translation assignment to use UK English but ...
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0answers
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The use of -ize and -ise in the UK? [closed]

I got a translation assignment where I am to use UK English but with -ize spelling. The European Union switched from -ize to -ise some years ago in its English language publications, meaning that ...
3
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1answer
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“s” vs. “z” in BE vs. AE

I have trouble understanding why some words change "s"-es to "z"-s from BE to AE and some not. For example: analyse -> analyze characterise -> characterize hypnotise -> hypnotize But: compromise ...
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0answers
99 views

Correct use of “ise” vs “ize” at the end of words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are the endings “-zation” and “-sation” interchangeable? I am writing some software code and the rule is that we use UK English in all comments. ...
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5answers
19k views

British English: “fantasise” or “fantasize”?

I would like to know which spelling is more common in the UK: fantasise or fantasize?
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1answer
26k views

What is the difference between summarizes and summarises? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “-zation” vs “-sation”? Each post has an indicator which summarises who the post is shared. What is the difference between these two terms? ...
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2answers
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What's the right spelling of “synchronized”?

What's the right spelling of synchronized (like in synchronized swimming), and are there any differences between the British and American English?
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1answer
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Virtualisation vs Virtualization [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: **zation vs **sation? So, there seem to be some contradicting opinions on this matter. Can anyone shed some light on this case? Might be similar to visualize vs ...
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2answers
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Why Isn't Citizen 'Citisen' in British English?

In British English vocabulary, most words with 'z's are replaced with 's's. For example, capitalization to capitalisation. Industrialization to industrialisation. But for some words, like citizen, ...
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5answers
443 views

Is “denormalized” a word?

I use it all the time since I work with databases, but every time I write it somewhere with spell check I get the squiggly line below it. I've seen other people spell it with an "s" instead of a "z" ...
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Are the endings “-zation” and “-sation” interchangeable?

What is with words that have forms that end both in -zation and -sation, such as localization and localisation? Many spell checkers recommend -zation.