Favourite and favorite are two ways of spelling the noun or adjective meaning “most preferred.” It can also be used as a verb to mean “mark something as the most preferred” (e.g., on social media). The spelling depends on the type of English you use.
In British English, “favourite” is standard.
In American English, “favorite” is correct.
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Examples: Favourite or favorite in a sentence Lola's favourite/favoritecolor is gray.
"Do you like chocolate ice cream?" "Yes, it's my absolute favourite/favorite!
I favourited/favorited this picture so I'd be able to find it again in the future.
The same spelling difference applies to the adjective favourable or favorable, the noun favouritsm or favoritism, and the noun favour or favor.
In British English, “favourable," "favouritism," and "favour" are correct.
In American English, “favorable," "favoritism,” and "favor" are correct.
Examples: Other forms of favourite or favorite in a sentence The analysis suggests that the conditions are favourable/favorable for investment.
The judicial system should always avoid any signs of favouritism/favoritism.
I favour/favor your advice over hers.
Main differences between American and British English
American and British English are very similar, but there are a few main differences in spelling. Five important differences are:
-or vs -our
In American English, many Latin-derived words end in -or.
In British English, these same words end in -our.
Humor or humour Labor or labour Favor or favour Behavior or behaviour Color or colour Honor or honour
-er vs -re
In American English, some French, Latin, or Greek words end in -er.
In British English, these same words end in -re.
Theater or theatre Center or centre Meter or metre Liter or litre Saber or sabre Fiber or fibre
-ize vs -ise
In American English, many Greek-derived words end in -yze or -ize.
In British English, these words end in -yse or -ise.
Realize or realise Recognize or recognise Analyze or analyse Organize or organise Minimize or minimise Finalize or finalise
-ed vs -t
In American English, most verbs are regular and form their past tense with the suffix -ed.
In British English, some of these verbs are irregular and form their past tense with the suffix -t.
Learned or learnt Burned or burnt Kneeled or knelt Dreamed or dreamt Smelled or smelt Spelled or spelt
Single vs double consonant
In American English, many words are spelled with a single consonant.
In British English, these same words are spelled with a double consonant.
Modeling or modelling Traveling or travelling Canceling or cancelling Labeled or labelled Buses or busses Focused or focussed
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