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British punctuation and spelling

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Topic: British punctuation and spelling
Posted By: Talya B
Subject: British punctuation and spelling
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2020 at 2:18pm
I'm in Great Britain and would generally use British punctuation and spelling (e.g. single quotes, and quotes inside end punctuation where the quoted material isn't a whole sentence). Will I be marked down? If so, I'll change it. 

Posted By: NYC Midnight
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2020 at 2:40pm
This would be fine, as we usually advise judges not to criticize any non-standard spelling or punctuation. But we do ask that the assigned word be included exactly as it is spelled. Please let us know if you have any other questions or need anything else. Good luck!

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Posted By: kristina_f
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2020 at 2:41pm
There is an F.A.Q. at the top of this forum section which states:

Quote I’m not from the United States.  Will I be penalized for using non-standard US terms or spellings?

No, but occasionally a writer may get feedback from a judge that offers “constructive” feedback on their spelling or terminology.  We realize this can be frustrating to a non-US participant who is using common spelling or terms from their home country and we do our best to make all judges aware of this issue.  We always instruct judges before each round of this issue by using the sentence below:

Please also remember that this is an international competition, so do not criticize or take points off for any non-standard US terms, spellings, or idiomatic expressions." rel="nofollow -

I use Canadian spelling (much closer to British than American), and I've not had a judge comment on it so far. I would hope all judges are familiar with at least the most common differences.

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