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Good news! We have updated our writing tools. Writing Tips and The Canadian Style have been combined to create a new tool called Writing Tips Plus.

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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

licence, license

In Canadian usage, the noun ends in –ce: licence.

  • Jenny got her driver’s licence yesterday!

And the verb ends in –se: license.

  • Is your establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to the public?

However, Americans prefer the spelling license in both cases.