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Some American spellings are quite different from the British spellings. Americans believe that a word should be spelt as it is pronounced. These differences are notable in the following examples:
A ‘s’ ‘z’
B ‘our’ ‘or’
C ‘re’ ‘er’
D. ‘amme’ ‘am’
E. ‘ogue’ ‘og’
F. In verbs which end in ‘l’ and are not stressed on the final syllable, the ‘l’ is not doubled in the – ing form and the past participle.
G. There is also the usual practice to replace ‘ae’ or ‘oe’ in words by ‘e’ (Words of Greek and Latin origin). The original spelling is however retained by the British.
Give ten words that have different spellings in the British and American spellings.
Phrases and Clauses.
Death and the King’s Horseman
- In three short sentences, summarise the play extract.
- List the four main points on which Elesin contradicts Pilkings.
- In what two ways has Pilkings interfered with Elesin’s life?
- Use the information provided on page of your Effective English to write a sentence each with hardly, scarcely or barely.
- Write an article to illustrate this saying, “A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed”
Revision and Tests Part 1, Page 33, Effective English.