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Hello everyone, I am from America and applying to Universities in the UK. My question is: Should I use British Spelling and Grammar in my personal statement? Or am I allowed to use American Spelling and Grammar?
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Good question.

I'd stick with using American-English because you could make mistakes in your personal statement which you may not notice.

Just my opinion.
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Hello everyone, I am from America and applying to Universities in the UK. My question is: Should I use British Spelling and Grammar in my personal statement? Or am I allowed to use American Spelling and Grammar?
The most important thing is that you stay consistent. So it's probably best that you use American grammar - it will be more natural for you, so you won't accidentally miss any changes.
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The most important thing is that you stay consistent. So it's probably best that you use American grammar - it will be more natural for you, so you won't accidentally miss any changes.
Awesome! Thank you. I have a grammar check system that I use for school and it has a British setting but I wasn't sure if I was allowed to use American grammar and if it would hurt me in any way.
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Awesome! Thank you. I have a grammar check system that I use for school and it has a British setting but I wasn't sure if I was allowed to use American grammar and if it would hurt me in any way.
I disagree with the other posters, I think you should use British spelling, punctuation and grammar. You're applying to British institiutions, the essays you write on the course will be subject to the spelling, punctuation and grammar rules used in Britain, as that's how the assessment objectives and mark schemes will be written.

Examiners don't know your name or your background when they mark your papers (they're all marked annonymously), so to continue using American conventions when on the course will lose you marks as these things will be objectively wrong to the examiners. Your personal statement should reflect that you're aware you're applying for a British course and you know what will be expected of you throughout the degree.
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I wrote mine with American spelling. I might not realize I'm misspelling some words if I try to do British and it's obvious from my employment and pending qualifications I'm in US. If you stay consistent with American spelling, they'll notice it so it won't look like typos. Additionally, my computer's locale is set to American so that's what I get spellcheck for. You might also not realize your style is off.

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I disagree with the other posters, I think you should use British spelling, punctuation and grammar. You're applying to British institiutions, the essays you write on the course will be subject to the spelling, punctuation and grammar rules used in Britain, as that's how the assessment objectives and mark schemes will be written.

Examiners don't know your name or your background when they mark your papers (they're all marked annonymously), so to continue using American conventions when on the course will lose you marks as these things will be objectively wrong to the examiners. Your personal statement should reflect that you're aware you're applying for a British course and you know what will be expected of you throughout the degree.
Well, I planned on using British Grammar and Spelling once in University (assuming I get in) but for the personal statement, I wasn't sure if it would hurt me if I wrote with American spelling and grammar.
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I wasn't sure if it would hurt me if I wrote with American spelling and grammar.
It is unlikely to. Just be aware that pants, rubbers, braces, suspenders, trolleys, chips, biscuits, checks, and purses are not what you may think they are.
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Hello everyone, I am from America and applying to Universities in the UK. My question is: Should I use British Spelling and Grammar in my personal statement? Or am I allowed to use American Spelling and Grammar?
If you use American spellings and grammar correctly then this will be entirely congruent with your application as an International Student (American) - I see no problem with that.
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It is unlikely to. Just be aware that pants, rubbers, braces, suspenders, trolleys, chips, biscuits, checks, and purses are not what you may think they are.
100 Internet points to whoever manages to put all those words in their personal statement. 10 000 Internet points if they get offers.
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100 Internet points to whoever manages to put all those words in their personal statement. 10 000 Internet points if they get offers.
Materials science.

I was working in biscuitware when I realised that I wanted to study the effect that various rubbers can have on the effectiveness of braces and suspenders, and whether such items should be worn over or under pants. I also considered that designs in checks might be used to line purses. Another keen interest of mine is the study of trolley steering and how chips of rubber might allow greater control on wear in the steering mechanism.
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Materials science.

I was working in biscuitware when I realised that I wanted to study the effect that various rubbers can have on the effectiveness of braces and suspenders, and whether such items should be worn over or under pants. I also considered that designs in checks might be used to line purses. Another keen interest of mine is the study of trolley steering and how chips of rubber might allow greater control on wear in the steering mechanism.
PRSOM :rofl:

PS - have you had a go at the Today programme's puzzle. My response to it: :headfire:
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PRSOM :rofl:

PS - have you had a go at the Today programme's puzzle. My response to it: :headfire:
Where away?
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Where away?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti...zzle-for-today
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Materials science.

I was working in biscuitware when I realised that I wanted to study the effect that various rubbers can have on the effectiveness of braces and suspenders, and whether such items should be worn over or under pants. I also considered that designs in checks might be used to line purses. Another keen interest of mine is the study of trolley steering and how chips of rubber might allow greater control on wear in the steering mechanism.
Cheap shot with the biscuitware, but Internet says it's a real thing, so you win.
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I was nowhere near the same wavelength of that puzzle.
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I'd recommend using British spelling and grammar and words. At University, you will actively lose marks for using non-British English, and British English on a personal statement just looks slicker.
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