English is commonly used across numerous global regions. However, due to a range of geographic and cultural factors, two primary forms have developed: British English vs. American English. Each version has unique vocabulary and slight variations in spelling. For example, “apologise” and “apologize” are two spellings of the same word. In this article, you will learn how to maintain consistency in academic writing.
“Apologise” or “Apologize”
Both “apologise” and “apologize” are English terms that function as intransitive verbs. It is used to admit fault or to express remorse or regret.
Both spellings are correct. “Apologize” is mainly used in American English (US) while “apologize” is predominantly used in British English (UK/AU/NZ). You should use the one that aligns with your variant of English that you are using.
Remember: Apologize and Arizona are both words that contain a “Z”, and both being words that are commonly used in America.
Examples of using “apologise” and “apologize”
The forthcoming examples will elucidate the distinction in between the verb “apologize/apologise” in British and American English.
“Apologise” or “apologize” in the “-ing” form
When using the verb “apologise/apologize” in its “-ing” form, the correct spelling of the term is “apologising/apologizing”
- British English: “Apologising”
- American English: “Apologizing”
The ensuing examples will demonstrate the usage of the words.
“Apologise” or “apologize” in the past tense
“Apologise/apologize” is spelled “apologised/apologized” in the past tense.
- British English: “apologised”
- American English: “apologized”
The word’s usage will be demonstrated through the following examples.
“Apologise” or “apologize” as a noun
The noun for “apologise/apologize” is spelled “apology” for both.
- British English: “apology”
- American English: “apology”
The words will be demonstrated through the following examples.
In the UK, as well as in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, “apologise” is the preferred spelling of the word.
Yes. The noun form for both is “apology”. It means to say/to be sorry.
Both are terms for saying that someone is or feels sorry. “Apologise” is the British variant, and “apologize” the American version. Even in the British-English speaking community, however, “apologize” has been considered standard for a long time, while remaining more common until now.
- British English: “apologise”
- American English: “apologize”
“Apologise” or “apologize” (depending on the variant of English you are using) can have different meanings. Here are the most common ones:
- To express/make an apology (because you are feeling sorry)
- acknowledge failings or faults
- make a formal defence in speech or writing
Synonyms for “apologise” or “apologize” could be: express regret, ask for pardon or to beg someone’s forgiveness.