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    Can anyone, please, set my mind at rest on this:

    I did manage to find and only in the Macmillan dictionary:"patronise" as British spelling for "patronize", However, I haven't been able to find "patronising" entered in any the BE dictionaries I've consulted, while, in common, they all have the entry "patronizing".

    Is "patronising", then, badly spelt?

    Thanks for an answer,

    M.

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    It was in the first of my dictionaries that I picked up, the ALD, as an alternative spelling (especially in BrE), for the version with z.

    I imagine that most other compilers felt that if they had mentioned the s possibility with the verb, it would be clear that that was possible in all words formed from the verb.

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    Thank you very much Fivejedjon. A fault with the BrE online dictionaries after all, since they automatically say: "no search result for patronising". Most also show the same results for "patronise" and none reffers to the the BrE optional spelling if you search for the verb "patronize". This is quite inneficient and should be pointed out so as to be put in order. Only thanks to the forum can such issues be discussed and properly evaluated. That's why I've joined the site.

    Regards,

    M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    A fault with the BrE online dictionaries after all, since they automatically say: "no search result for patronising". Most also show the same results for "patronise" and none reffers to the the BrE optional spelling if you search for the verb "patronize". This is quite inneficient and should be pointed out so as to be put in order..
    Be like me. I have those heavy things made of paper and ink. They rarely let me down.

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    #5

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    Right you are! But if you move around a lot as I do, it is a hard task! Thanks for the corrections by the way.

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    #6

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    As a general rule, if a verb ends "-ize", then it is very likely to be the AmE version, and the BrE version will end "-ise". The same difference will follow for the -ing form of the same word.

    patronise/patronising
    harmonise/harmonising
    euthanise/euthanising
    terrorise/terrorising

    I'm glad we've finally got to the bottom of this. As far as the dictionary question goes, I recall having the same frustration when learning Spanish when I would regularly look up a word which turned out to be the gerund of a verb. I rarely found it, but would always finally find the infinitive and sometimes the first/third person singular.

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    Do believe that I didn't find the issue frustrating. Why? This is a forum and as such should remain impersonal. I just like to promote debate, so I found it stimulating.

    I know what you mean when learning Spanish having English as a mother tongue. I witness the same problems affecting friends of mine.

    Regards,

    M.

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