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Grammar, Word comparisons

Note 172 – Is the spelling installment or instalment?

Whenever I type this word, I struggle to remember if it is spelt instalment or installment.  Today, I got caught out by someone reviewing one of my other blogs (which inspired me to write today’s blog), so as usual I went looking for explanations. 

Wiki Answers explains that installment and instalment both mean the same, but installment (with a double ‘l’) is the American spelling and instalment (with one ‘l’) is the spelling for the UK, Canada and other English speaking countries.  The online Cambridge Dictionary also notes that the US (United States) spell it as installment.   

My thoughts:  I don’t think I’ll be getting this one wrong from now on – I will be spelling it as instalment (with one ‘l’).  I apologise to all my American readers!

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Until tomorrow…

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Reference list:

Cambridge online dictionary:

Wiki Answers:


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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