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“Favor” or “Favour”


Favor and favour are both English terms.


Favor is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while favour is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
favor 98 37 30 95 67 43 69 38 38 66 68 64
favour 2 63 70 5 33 57 31 62 62 34 32 36

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "favor" over "favour" (98 to 2).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 63 to 37 preference for "favour" over "favor".
  • In India, there is a 70 to 30 preference for "favour" over "favor".
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "favor" over "favour" (95 to 5).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "favor" over "favour" (67 to 33).
  • In Australia, there is a 57 to 43 preference for "favour" over "favor".
  • In Liberia, there is a preference for "favor" over "favour" (69 to 31).
  • In Ireland, there is a 62 to 38 preference for "favour" over "favor".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 62 to 38 preference for "favour" over "favor".
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "favor" over "favour" (66 to 34).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a preference for "favor" over "favour" (68 to 32).
  • In Guyana, there is a preference for "favor" over "favour" (64 to 36).

Below, we provide some examples of when to use favor or favour with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “favor”

  • Based on the king's favor, her brother-in-law Kim Hyo-Son (husband
  • This litigation was decided in favor of Boeing on May 12,
  • the elliptical boat basin in favor of a fountain.
  • of the appellate court in favor of Marina Stengart, there was
  • was at 106-99 in Hotdogs' favor, Elmer Cabahug nailed a three-pointer
  • refuse from the prize in favor of Shota Khadzhishvilli who built
  • state court, which ruled in favor of Marquette.
  • she turned it down in favor of ER.
  • Period" at an end in favor of the coalition-building of the
  • extensions from an empty center favor a non-mitosis.

Examples of “favour”

  • This point would score in favour of emetine in places where
  • the court ruled in Tsai's favour that Wang Zheng was responsible
  • this, believing that it would favour urban voters who were mostly
  • representation) — 5:2 judgment in favour of Ždanoka (2004), 13:4 Grand
  • put forward his views in favour of judicial corporal punishment.
  • shunted out in 2014 in favour of Andrews and Sylvestre.
  • as scrapping tuition fees in favour of a graduate tax and
  • a 2/3 Council vote in favour.
  • seasons before falling out of favour with manager Bob McGrory in
  • Quixote had been growing in favour, and its author's name was

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