From Chapter 2, 'Spelling and Usage'

2.1   Preferred Spellings

In the case of verbs ending in -ize or -ise and their derivatives, one or other set of forms may be used throughout MHRA books. In the case of collections of essays, the editor(s) will advise which forms are to be used. The forms in -ize, -ization, etc. (e.g. civilize, civilization) are used in MHRA journals. This is also the preferred spelling of many other academic publishers.

Some words must have the -ise spelling, e.g.:

advertise

comprise

devise

franchise

supervise

advise

compromise

enterprise

improvise

surmise

apprise

demise

excise

incise

surprise

chastise

despise

exercise

revise

televise

The British spelling of analyse and its derivatives has s and not z.

The forms disk, program are used even in British spelling in computing contexts; otherwise, use disc, programme.

In case of doubt, the form given in the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors should in most cases be used (but for diacritics, see 2.2).


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