Acknowledgement Or Acknowledgment

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Maintaining consistency is essential for attaining coherence and clarity in academic writing. However, students often face difficulty distinguishing between British English vs. American English, which can result in confusion while selecting the correct spelling of certain words, such as “acknowledgement” or “acknowledgment.” If you wish to gain a more profound understanding of the differences between these two English styles, please continue reading.

“Acknowledgement” or “acknowledgment”

Normally, “acknowledgement/acknowledgment” is an uncountable noun. This means that there is no plural form of the word. The only exception is the acknowelgements section in your thesis or dissertation. It is used in both American English and British English, with slightly different spellings. “Acknowledgement / acknowledgment” refers to the act of recognizing or admitting the existence, truth, or validity of something. It can also refer to a written or spoken statement that expresses gratitude or appreciation for something received or done.

British English

acknowledgement

American English

acknowledgment

There is no significant difference in meaning between “acknowledgment” and “acknowledgement,” and the choice of spelling generally depends on whether you are writing in American English or British English. Both spellings are correct in their respective regions.

Note: When you’re unsure which spelling is attributed to which English variant, remember that British spellings usually include extra letters.

Examples of using “acknowledgement” and “acknowledgment” as a noun

The following examples will illustrate the difference in the spelling of the noun “acknowledgement / acknowledgment” in British and American English.

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  • His hard work earned him acknowledgement from the company.
  • Receiving the acknowledgement filled her with a sense of pride.
  • The acknowledgement of their contributions was meaningful.
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  • His hard work earned him acknowledgment from the company.
  • Receiving the acknowledgment filled her with a sense of pride.
  • The acknowledgment of their contributions was meaningful.

“Acknowledgement/acknowledgment” in its infinitive form

As a verb, “to acknowledge” is used to indicate the action of recognizing, admitting, or showing appreciation. The infinitive form is “acknowledge.” There is no difference in this regard.

  • British English: “Acknowledge”
  • American English: “Acknowledge”
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  • I acknowledge your efforts with the project.
  • They acknowledge the applause.
  • We acknowledge the customer’s complaint.
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“Acknowledgement/acknowledgment” in the “-ing” form

The “-ing” form of the verb form of the noun “acknowledgement” or “acknowledgment” is “acknowledging.” There is no difference in this regard.

  • British English: “Acknowledging”
  • American English: “Acknowledging”
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  • He is acknowledging the support.
  • She is acknowledging her mistake.
  • They are acknowledging the teamwork.
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“Acknowledgement/acknowledgment” in the “-ed” form

The “-ed” form of “acknowledgement/acknowledgment” is “acknowledged.” There is no difference in spelling between American English and British English.

  • British English: “Acknowledged”
  • American English: “Acknowledged”
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  • He acknowledged his mistake.
  • They acknowledged the value of teamwork.
  • She acknowledged their hard work.
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FAQs

In the United Kingdom, the preferred spelling is “acknowledgement”.

“Acknowledgement/acknowledgment” is a noun that refers to the act of recognizing or admitting the existence, truth, or validity of something. It can also mean an expression of gratitude or appreciation for something received or done.

No, you cannot. “Acknowledgment” or “acknowledgement” is typically considered an uncountable noun. It refers to a collective act of recognizing, admitting, or expressing gratitude, so there is no need to pluralize it. However, the acknowledgements section of a thesis is the only exception.

The only difference between “acknowledgement” and “acknowledgment” is the preferred spelling in different English variants.

  • “Acknowledgment” is the preferred spelling in American English
  • “Acknowledgement” is the preferred spelling in British English

These regional spelling differences are common in English, and they have developed over time as the language has evolved. Both spellings are considered correct in their respective regions, and the choice of which to use depends on the variety of English you are writing in.

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