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Favor vs. Favour

In this article you will learn the differences between Favor and Favour.

  Angbeen Chaudhary  —  Grammar Tips
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Can you do me a favor and bring the grocery bags inside.

Favor is awidely used word which can be spelled with or without the u. If you areconfused about when to use which favor and what is the difference in themeanings of these both words, then you are not to be blamed. First of all youneed to keep it in your mind that whichever favor you use, it is not wrong. Differentspellings of favors are used in different areas but the meaning of favor issame all over the world.

Favor as Noun:

When someoneapproves, supports or like something or someone, they favor it. Most ofthe employers favor training. When someone over generously prefers something,they are favoring it. The boss shows favor to the pretty blondsecretary. An act of kindness beyond what is due or usual is also called favor.I’m here to ask you a favor. Favor is also an inexpensive giftgiven to guests at a party.

The children received favors at Sara’s birthday bash.

Favor as Verb:

To showpreference or approval of one thing (or person) over another. His dad favorshis sister over him. To work to the advantage of something means favoringit. Natural selection has favored bats. Giving someone something thatthey desire is also known as a favor. The students favored the teacherwith their views. She favored her grandmother with a smile. Favoris often used to describe one’s resembling features to a parent or closerelative. Your daughter is so pretty, she favors you. Another meaning offavor as a verb is to treat a broken limb or bone with kindness and notput a lot of pressure on it.

She favors her sore leg by using crutches.

You see thatfavor not only means what we think it means and have many differentmeanings that we are sure you did not know of before. The two alternatespellings of the word exist due to the boundaries present on our planet. Thereare some words whose spellings differ in American and British English and youmust use the spellings according to your location. This distinction in thespellings were first noticed in Noah Webster’s dictionary for America in whichhe tried to get rid of the unnecessary letters from the words and keep thespellings according to the pronunciation. The British English and the Englishspoken and written in rest of the world has the original spellings of the wordsas they were derived from the root word, regardless of the pronunciation.


Favor vs. Favour

If you livein United States of America, then you should use the shorter spellings of favori.e. without the u. These spellings were suggested by Noah Webster, afamous lexicographer is relation to the demarcation of America from British.

By Attacking the Press, Donald Trump May Be Doing It a Favor. (The New York Times)


The Britishare known to be original English speakers and they use the spellings that wereoriginally derived from the Latin or Old English. Favour is written witha u after the o, thus making it the longer spellings and a littledifferent than how it is pronounced. So if you are an English person, youshould use the longer spellings of the word in your writing.

And that means Ferguson will urge Birmingham City to do him a favour against Arsenal. (Guradian, United Kingdom)

All thederivatives of favor can be written with both of these alternatespellings like favorite/favourite, favoring/favouring, favored/favoured andfavorable/favourable. So while choosing the spellings of favor foryour piece you must consider your location as well as the location of youraudiences who will be reading it and when you choose one spellings make sureyou use the same ones in all the piece.

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