María Alejandra
what is correct in gerund: practising or practicing ? Please help me with my dude. Thanks!
May 12, 2018 12:36 AM
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The first one is UK spelling, the second one is US spelling. They are pronounced the same and have exactly the same meaning.

Your “dude” would (probably) mean your boyfriend (in American slang). I believe you meant “doubt” (duda), but we don’t say that in English. We would actually say “question.”
May 12, 2018
As Phil says, it's an AmE v BrE difference, and this doesn't just apply to gerunds.  In British English, we always use 'ce' for the noun and 'se' for verb. So we say:

I need more practice.

Tennis practice is at 10 am

but:

I practised every day.

Do you want to practise English with me?*

American English doesn't have this distinction. In AmE, both the verb and the noun are written as practice.

* This follows the same pattern as advice (noun) and advise (verb).  However, while advice and advise are pronounced differently - with an /s/ and a /z/ sound respectively - practice and practise are both pronounced with an /s/ sound.  And while AmE doesn't use the verb spelling practise, it does use the verb spelling advise.


May 12, 2018
You can use either practising or practicing... it really just depends on the country that you are in. Practising is British and Practicing is American, but both are accepted
May 12, 2018
Lol. At first, I thought you were studying American English, and you had a British boyfriend who was criticizing your spelling….
May 12, 2018
Oh! Thanks! Yes, I was referring to my "question"  It would be more useful for me. 
May 12, 2018