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When to use licence and license
The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Manser & Stephen Curtis (Penguin Reference Library), explains quite simply that in British English, licence is the noun and license is the verb. In American English the spelling is license in all circumstances.
1. Licence (noun)
I have had a driving licence for 25 years
The corner shop has a licence to sell alcohol
2. License (verb – to license)
Is Maisy licensed to sell ice cream from her van?
For more information on vehicle licensing go to…
1. License (for everything)
The corner shop has a license to sell alcohol [different from British English]
Is Maisy licensed to sell ice cream from her van? [the same as British English]
My thoughts: This is another one like ‘note 23 practice and practise’, where it is learnable. Just remember that the words practice and licence are the way that the noun in spelt in British English.
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The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis (Penguin Reference Library)
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