Favorite vs Favourite

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What’s the difference between them?



A favorite is something or someone that is especially liked, enjoyed, or preferred.


1.My favorite color is blue.

2.Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite treat.

3.John is my favorite member of the family.



Meaning is the same, but such spelling is mostly used in British English.


1. My favourite food is pizza.

2. She has a favourite teddy bear that she carries everywhere.

3. That's my favourite song, I love it so much!

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1. Beloved

2. Cherished

3. Precious

4. Adored

5. Dear

1. Least desirable

2. Disliked

3. Undesirable

4. Unfavorable

5. Not preferred


1. Beloved

2. Cherished

3. Precious

4. Adored

5. Dear

1. Detested

2. Unliked

3. Unpopular

4. Disapproved of

5. Not favored

Tricks for mastery

Useful tips to understand the difference between confusing words "Favorite", "Favourite".

1. Favorite is used in American English.

2. 'Favourite' is used in British English.

3. A mnemonic phrase to help remember this distinction is: 'If it's American, it doesn't have 'u''.

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Frequently asked questions

In what situations should the word 'Favorite' be used?

Favorite is primarily used in American English, and can be used in situations when speaking about a person’s preferred choice or option. It can also be used to refer to someone’s beloved item or person. For example, 'My favorite color is blue.'

When is the appropriate context for using the word 'Favourite'?

Favourite is primarily used in British English and can be used in the same contexts as favorite. However, it has an extra connotation of affection, so it can be used in more emotional contexts. For example, 'My favourite pet is my cat.'

Do the two words share the same pronunciation?

Yes, the two words are pronounced exactly the same way.

What are some common mistakes people make when using these words?

One of the most common mistakes is using one over the other because of their regional differences. People should make sure to use the appropriate word depending on the context and region they are in. Another common mistake is misplacing the accent on favorite, which has two: favorite (American English) and favourite (British English).

Fill in the gaps to check yourself

1. My ________ dessert is chocolate cake, hands down.

2. While watching British television shows, Ive noticed they spell ________ differently.

3. The New York Yankees are my dads ________ baseball team.

4. In England, tea is a ________ drink, especially in the afternoon.

5. Which is your ________ color: blue or green?

6. When I was studying abroad in London, fish and chips quickly became my ________ meal.

1. Favorite/Favourite

Explanation: Theres no specific reference to British or American context, so both favorite and favourite are acceptable.

2. Favourite

Explanation: The context mentions British television shows, indicating that the British spelling favourite is the appropriate choice.

3. Favorite

Explanation: The clue is New York Yankees, a baseball team from the US, suggesting that the American spelling favorite should be used.

4. Favourite

Explanation: The reference to England is the clue that the British spelling favourite is appropriate.

5. Favorite/Favourite

Explanation: No specific context is provided regarding British or American English, making both spellings correct.

6. Favourite

Explanation: The phrase studying abroad in London points toward British context, so favourite is the fitting choice.

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