Ton or tonne?

I get this quite a lot in manuscripts. Should it be ton or tonne? There are two types of tons, that is, the USA ton, which is 2000 pounds, and the non-USA ton, which is 2,240 pounds. Then there is the tonne, also known as the metric ton, which is 1000 kilograms. So it really depends on where you are and where the manuscript is likely to appear, and also what type of function the word has. If you’re writing in a scientific or very literal sense and are referring to the actual metric weight of something, then tonne is probably best. If you’re writing in a much looser sense, that is, in a more creative and not so factual sense, then ton might be best. As in, ‘There were tons of people waiting outside the venue.’

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