When you join a company, are you part of an ‘organisation’ or an ‘organization’? Struggling with the correct spelling of the word? We’ll cover that below and discuss how to use the word correctly in a sentence.
The short answer is that both spellings of the word are technically correct.
However, the word ‘organisation’ is the British English spelling of the word.
The word ‘organization’ is the American English spelling of the word.
So, using them both correctly would depend on your audience and the context in which you’re using them.
You’ve just learned that both spellings of the word are technically correct. Although, if you’re writing for an American audience, you’re better off using ‘organization.’
In British English, a lot of the words we’d normally see spelled with a ‘z’ are spelled with an ‘s.’
Take a look at a few examples:
Now that we know that both spellings of the word are correct let’s define the words.
The Merriam-Webster definition of the word is: “the act or process of organizing or of being organized,” “the condition or manner of being organized,” “association, society,” “an administrative and functional structure (such as a business or a political party),” and “the personnel of such a structure.”
It can also be defined as: “characterized by complete conformity to the standards and requirements of an organization.”
Synonyms of the word include:
There are other words in the English language that have British spellings that are similar to ‘organization.’
The word is spelled ‘tires’ in English and ‘tyres’ in British English, but the words mean exactly the same thing, just like ‘organization’ and ‘organisation.’
In English, the word ‘nighttime’ is acceptable, but in British English, the word might be spelled with a hyphen (i.e., night-time).
The word ‘auntie’ is most common in American English, but in British English, it’s okay to spell it ‘aunty.’
The plural of the word ‘organization’ is ‘organizations.’ That’s because it follows the standard rule for pluralizing English words, which is to add an ‘s’ or ‘es’ to the end of the word.
Take a look at a few examples:
Now that you know the American and British English spellings of the word and how to pluralize it, let’s see some examples of how to use it in a sentence.
Take a look at a few examples of how to use it in singular form:
Now, let’s see some examples of how to use it in its plural form:
When a number is the first word in a sentence, you spell it out. It’s never okay to use a number to begin a sentence.
To recap, we’ve learned that both spellings of the word are correct. However, the former is the British English spelling of the word, and the latter is the American English spelling of the word.
If you ever forget, try to remember that our American English version always has a ‘z,’ much like the other words we talked about above.
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