Wondering which spelling of the word to use – ‘theatre’ or ‘theater’? And what is the difference between the two? We’ll cover that in this article, plus teach you how to use the correct spelling of the word in a sentence.
The quick answer is that ‘theatre’ is the British English spelling of the word, and ‘theater’ is the American English spelling of the word.
They both mean the same thing – a venue used to enjoy dramatic performances, plays, or films.
As we just revealed, the only difference between these two words is that ‘theatre’ is the UK spelling of the word and ‘theater’ is more common with American audiences.
They both mean the same thing.
Technically, both spellings of the word are correct. The more common spelling in America is ‘theater’, and the more common spelling in the UK is ‘theatre.’
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of these words is a building or area for showing motion pictures or dramatic performances.
It’s also used to refer to dramatic plays or drama itself.
You might also see it as part of the phrase ‘movie theater.’ A movie theater is a place you go to watch recently released movies. It’s also called a cinema.
Not quite sure how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
Now that you know what the words mean and how to pronounce them, let’s see some examples of how to use them in a sentence.
Remember, these words can be used interchangeably if your audience happens to change. The meaning will remain unchanged.
To recap, you learned that both words mean the same thing, but that ‘theatre’ is the preferred spelling in the UK, while ‘theater’ is the preferred spelling in the U.S. Therefore, they can be used interchangeably if your audience suddenly changes.
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