Cancelling or Canceling

Canceling or Cancelling – Which is the correct spelling?

Canceling and Cancelling are both correct. Canceling is American English and Cancelling is British English.

There are many spelling differences between North American English and British English. 

American English does not use the double L.

American Spelling British Spelling

Canceling

Cancelling

Traveling

Travelling

Modeling 

Modelling

When to use double L in  British English

Vowel L Vowel = Double L

Canc

e

ll

e                               ing

You need to use a double l in British English when the word has a vowel, then an l, and then another vowel. 

Other English speaking countries 

Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand all follow British spelling rules although this is changing as American English dominates the world. 

Spelling of Cancellation

Cancellation is always spelled with double L

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