Should you take ‘offence’ or ‘offense’ to something someone said? What’s the difference between these two words? We’ll cover that in this article, plus teach you how to use the correct one in a sentence.
In short, ‘offense’ is the way you spell the word in American English. In other English-speaking countries, ‘offence’ is the more common spelling of the word.
As you just learned, the difference between these two words is that ‘offence’ is the way you spell the word outside of the U.S. in other English-speaking countries. However, in the U.S., the word is spelled with an ‘s’ instead of a ‘c.’
You know the difference between the two words, but why are they spelled differently? You might be wondering.
Some words in the English language have alternative spellings. Oftentimes, there’s a UK or British English spelling of a word and an American English version.
There are slight variations between some of our words, including words like artefact and artifact.
They’re subtle differences most of the time, but they exist, so you should at least be aware of them and know you’re spelling the correct version of the word for your audience.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of these words is the act of displeasing or upsetting.
When you take offense, it means you get upset over something someone said to you or about you.
When you offend someone, it means you’re the one who said something that someone else didn’t like.
It could also refer to the opposite team or the team that will play offensively rather than defensively in a sports game like football.
Other definitions of the word include assault, scoring ability, sin, and a stumbling block.
Unsure of how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
Now that we know what the words mean and how to pronounce them let’s look at a few examples of how to use them in a sentence.
To recap, you learned that ‘offence’ and ‘offense’ mean the same thing. The former is the UK spelling of the word, and the latter is the U.S. English spelling of the word.
If you ever forget or get stuck, you can always come back for more help. We’ve also got an entire library of content on confusing words and phrases you might come across while learning the language. Go check it out anytime.
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