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May 5 2009   2:47PM GMT

Which is correct – traveler or traveller?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
Location-based services can help ___________ access information about local businesses and services.
a. travelers
b. travellers

Answer: Either a or b, depending on where you are in the world.

Explanation: US style is a single l on travel when a suffix is added. UK style is to double the l.

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  • Terencefreedman
    Maybe so, thanks to Mr Webster. But here in the UK 'b' is the answer.
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  • Jaeo
    Yes, here in Canada too, following UK style. We almost always double the letter "l" before “ed” or “ing.” US style seems to be inconsistent — doubled in some cases and not in others. I think I’ll edit that entry… Thanks for stopping by!
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  • Jaeo
    Then again, if there are two vowels in front of the "L" -- as in "healing" -- nobody doubles it.
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