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Analyze vs. Analyse

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The disparity of standardization between American and British English has left many common words with multiple accepted spellings. In most cases, one form is standard in American English but unacceptable in British English, while the other is standard in British English, but considered an error in American English. It can be difficult for beginning writers and language learners to remember which spelling is appropriate for which audience, which leads to easily avoidable mistakes, and confused readers.

Analyse and analyze are two variants of the same verb. One is standard in American English, while users of British English prefer the other. Continue reading to find out which is which, as well as to learn whether you should use analyse or analyze, depending on your expected audience.

Origin:

The word analyse originated in late 16th century: influenced by French analyser, from Medieval Latin analysis from ana- ‘up’ + luein ‘loosen’.

Analyze as noun:

Analyze is used as a noun in English language where it means detailed examination of the elements or structure of something.

The statistical analysis of the report gave positive results.

The process of separating something into its constituent elements is also called analysis.

The procedure is often more accurately described as one of synthesis rather than analysis.

The identification and measurement of the chemical constituents of a substance or specimen is sometimes also called analyze.

Samples are sent to the laboratory for analysis.

In mathematics, analyze is the part of mathematics concerned with the theory of functions and the use of limits, continuity, and the operations of calculus.

Analyze is also sometimes used for short of psychoanalysis.

 

Other schools of analysis have evolved out of the original disciplines established by Freud.

 

Analyse or analyze:

 

Analyze is preferred in American and Canadian English. Analyse is the preferred spelling outside North America. There are no other differences between analyze and analyse. The s/z distinction extends to the participles, analyse/analyze and analysing/analyzing, as well as to other derivatives such as analyser/analyzer and analysable/analyzable, but analysis is the corresponding noun in all varieties of English.

 

Examples:

She then started to analyse the link between the wearing of sunglasses and the broader phenomenon of “what it is to be cool”.  [Guardian]

Training during the day limited work possibilities but it did allow time to prepare, analyse and train more. [Sydney Morning Herald]

There is a problem when data are gathered, trends analysed and reports produced, but business leaders are still unwilling to change course. [Financial Times]

One way of knowing how your favourite politician is viewed by the public is through opinion polls, but another way is by analysing their faces. [The Age]

Here I will present an unusual metric that will help you analyze that risk. [Forbes]

For its study, the center analyzed spending and achievement data from the 2007-08 school year for about 9,000 school systems. [Washington Post]

By analyzing data on a player’s in-game behavior, the goal of the position will be to make gaming an increasingly interactive experience. [Financial Post]

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