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The difference between “program” and “program”

The difference between“Program“y“Program“

“Program“y“program“they are easy to confuse if you follow UK writing conventions. (“Program“not used in the US).

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For American English:

  • Use“program“for everything.

For British English:

  • Use“program“for anything to do with computers.
    • It is a useful program to delete old files. ✔️
    • I taught myself to program in JavaScript. ✔️
  • Use“program“when you need a verb.
    • I will program you in for 1 o’clock. ✔️
  • Use“programme“for an itinerary, TV show, radio show, or a collection of work projects.
    • There is a funny news programme on the radio later. ✔️
    • The government programme to remove the waste has three separate projects. ✔️

Americans, Just Use“Program“

Americans don’t need to worry about the word“program“. Just use“program“. The noun“program“comes from French, and only those who follow UK writing conventions should make a distinction between“program“y“program“.

More about“Program“and“Programme“

Use“Program“for Computers

For anything to do with a computer, use“program“. For example:

  • Do you know how to program the computer?
    (Here,“program“is a verb.)
  • A sheet of paper and a box of crayons provide a more expressive medium for kids than a computerized paint program. (Astronomer Clifford Stoll)
    (Here,“program“is a noun.)

Use“Program“for Verbs

“Program“can be a verb.“Program“is never a verb. For example:

  • Do you know how to program the alarm?
    (Usually, this will have something to do with computers.)
  • Please program the team-building exercises before the lunch.
    (It’s not always about computers though.)

Brits, Use“Programme“for Itinerary, Show, or Collection of Projects

In the UK,“program“used for an itinerary, a program (usually TV or radio), or a collection of work projects. For example:

  • It looks like an entertaining programme tonight.
  • Family Guy is one of my favourite programmes.
    (Family Guy is one of my favorite programs.
  • The person who leaked the secret programme is in hiding.
    (Here,“programme“means a collection of work projects.)
  • I’m glad the President finally found an economic development program. I’m just sad that it’s only in Baghdad. (Politician John Kerry)


In the US and UK, use“programmed“y“programming“.

Programmed. Use“programmed“for the past tense and the past participle of“program“. For example:

  • He programmed the system you had programmed.
    (The first“programmed“is the simple past tense. The second is a past participle.)

Programming. Usa“programming“for the present participle and gerund of“program“. For example:

  • Programming the computer, he said that he enjoyed programming. 
    (The first“programming“is a present participle. The second is a gerund.)

NB: in the US. UU.,“programmed“y“programming“acceptable alternatives are considered. These spellings were particularly popular in the 1950s and early 1960s. However, from the mid-1960s,“programmed“y“programming“have been the dominant spellings. [evidence]

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