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Does anyone know if Canadian spellings of words in the essay writing section would be viewed as errors by the GMAT graders?

For example, "favour", "colour", "neighbourhood", "organise", etcetera?

Should I make an effort to catch them as they occur and change them to "American English"?

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New post 20 Sep 2005, 09:55
Good question.

As an Englishman, I have similar issues.

I 'sold out' and wrote American English in the GMAT essays, just to be on the safe side !

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New post 20 Sep 2005, 10:36
"Sold out" - lol.

Someone ought to tell Bill Gates that, despite what it says in Microsoft Word, there's no such language as American English.

It just seems wrong... after all, yours is the correct version to begin with.

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I don't mind 'color' too much. 'Colour' looks a bit French, and normally the English dislike the French even more than Americans.

There is even some evidence that the sound of American English is closer in some respects to 17th century English than modern British English as there have been fewer changes in language in the USA since the Pilgrim Fathers arrived.

'Et cetera' is Latin, as in Rome, not as in central America.

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New post 21 Sep 2005, 04:59
richardj wrote:
'Et cetera' is Latin, as in Rome, not as in central America.


Har dee har har.

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