Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Possible Duplicate:
“Whereäs” as an alternative spelling of “whereas”

I've always wondered which is the correct spelling: "naïve" or "naive"? Are both correct, and it is just a whichever-you-feel-comfortable-with?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt, PLL, Kosmonaut Feb 15 '11 at 20:28

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

1  
Possible duplicate: the question of naïve is covered in the top answer. –  Kosmonaut Feb 15 '11 at 20:07
    
@Kosmonaut: yes, good catch. The question is different, but the answer covers this one very nicely; this’ll be a useful redirect to have to that one. –  PLL Feb 15 '11 at 20:29
add comment

1 Answer 1

Either way. The dieresis is optional. Mostly it gets left off because people find it difficult to add it.

Actually, spelling it "naïve" is seen less and less, at least in the U.S., and is probably moribund if not actually archaic at this point here.

share|improve this answer
1  
Presumably you mean the spelling with the diaeresis is moribund? In UK usage at least, the word per se seems common enough. –  Neil Coffey Feb 15 '11 at 20:25
    
@Neil Coffey: Yes, I thought it was clear from context. I'll make it explicit just in case. –  Robusto Feb 15 '11 at 20:26
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.