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Note 22 – Program and Programme


For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 22, then please read on…

Which is the right spelling – program or programme?

The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Manser & Stephen Curtis (Penguin Reference Library), explains that program is the American English way and programme is the British English way.  There is, however, one exception in that the British use the word program when it’s to do with the computer.

British English

1. Program (only in the context of computers)

I have a brilliant computer program that helps me learn Spanish.

2. Programme (for everything other than computers)

I am looking forward to watching my favourite programme at 9pm.

American English

1. Program (for everything)

I have a brilliant computer program that helps me learn Spanish.

I am looking forward to watching my favourite program at 9pm.

My thoughts: I’ve never really known the rules for these two words – I will now write them with much more confidence.

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend.  I have a really exciting course to go on this week, so I’m looking forward to the week ahead.

Until tomorrow…

Sandra

 

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Reference list

The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis Mander and Curtis (Penguin Reference Library)

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I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Please let me know what you think of my blog - constructive comments welcome. Have a great day Sandra Freelance Writer www.sandramadeira.com

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