Putting Pen To Paper (PPTP) – Tip 01: Oriented vs Orientated

People have been asking me when to use “oriented” and “orientated” so I did some research and this is what I found:

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that both words are adjectives (an adjective describes a noun, for example, a sad face where sad is the adjective). According to Simon Kewin of Daily Writing Tips, “In the UK, it is more common for people to say “orientate” whereas in the US, “orient” is more common.” (1)

Oriented and Orientated are both adjectives.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
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Having said that, I asked some of my friends which one of the following sentences sounded more acceptable:

(a) He is a family-oriented guy OR

(b) He is a family-orientated guy.

Most of those I asked said (a) was more acceptable and (b) sounded incorrect.

Which one would you use: (a) or (b)?

Would you like to read more PPTP tips as I’m thinking of making this a regular post if more people are interested. Please leave your comments below. Cheers.


[1] Do you “orient” yourself, or “orientate” yourself? by Simon Kewin for Daily Writing Tips (undated)

Published by Ana Yong

Freelance Writer, Blogger and Content Creator. I have written for Unsustainable Magazine, E: The Environmental Magazine and HubPages.

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