Avoiding Americanisms when using Australian/British English

  It is often difficult for people writing in Australian English to hold to the conventions of Australian English, due largely to our regular exposure to American English in academic writing. In this week’s blog, we will review some important differences between Australian and American English writing conventions. The aim is to alert you to some of the more common mistakes. Note: Download our handy Cheat Sheet to help you remember the most common differences. You can keep it with your study materials for quick reference: . Spelling The first big difference between these two systems lies in spelling. For instance, American English uses iza, ize, izi and yze, while Australian English uses isa, ise, isi and yse. Thus, ‘realize’ is …

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