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For some reason it is written and writing. It's confusing to me.

How can I remember to write them differently?

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This is a nonsense question. Voting to close. –  Noldorin Jan 16 '11 at 22:10
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Or else, downvoting. –  F'x Jan 16 '11 at 22:46
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Differently from what? There's one T in write, and there's one T in writing. Easy as pie. (Now, I do have a rough idea of what you might be aiming at, but as long as you don't actually specify it, the question is quite nonsensical indeed, and the answer to it is just "I don't know where you even got the idea that it should be writting, that's totally wrong, just stop doing it".) –  RegDwigнt Jan 16 '11 at 22:58
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@RegDwight: There's one T in "put", and there's one T in "putting". Oops. ;-) –  Jürgen A. Erhard Jan 17 '11 at 0:12
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This question looks almost like a Swiftian nost-thumb at those of us who sometimes city Google as a source of usage data :-) There are also some real gems among the results for writting, eg an advertisement at Essays R Easy offering help (at $9.50/page) with your ‘thesis writting’. Although admittedly this seems to be not an accident but a deliberate mis-spelling, casting their net wide to pick up on all the mis-speled searches they can… –  PLL Jan 17 '11 at 5:12
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Writing is the right word; writting is the misspelling of writing.

Look at the pattern:

  • Write – pronounced rIt (i is long) – single t.
  • Writer – pronounced rIt-u(r) (i is long) – single t.
  • Writing – pronounced rIt-ing (i is long) – single t.
  • Written – pronounced ri-t(u)n (i is short) – double t.
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so its only, because of pronunciation? the "written" makes it really confusing and hard to remember. –  IAdapter Jan 17 '11 at 6:32
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@010, I'm not sure why you'd say only because of pronunciation. English spelling is often taken to task for being idiosyncratic, and you're complaining because it's coherent, for once? :) –  Benjol Jan 17 '11 at 8:35
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Google is not "unsure" about it; read the results of both:

http://www.google.com/search?q=writting returns 7 million results, with the top results including "Writting is a shockingly common misspelling of 'writing'", "English teachers dread to see ...". Most other results are amateur poetry or spam sites. Google also asks "Did you mean: 'writing'?"

http://www.google.com/search?q=writing returns over 30 times as many results, with top hits references to authors and publications.

When Google (or any web search) turns up results, you have to actually read them to see if it's what you want. Spelling is no different.

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+1. Google makes it harder and harder to search for a specific spelling of a word, and thus becomes less and less useful for corpus research (if it ever was) and checking grammar and spelling. It helps if you search for this: [+writing -writting] and compare its results with [-writing +writting]. –  Cerberus Jan 16 '11 at 22:49
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If you follow the Common Errors in English Usage, it is "writing":

One of the comments English teachers dread to see on their evaluations is “The professor really helped me improve my writting.”

When “-ing” is added to a word which ends in a short vowel followed only by a single consonant, that consonant is normally doubled, but “write” has a silent E on the end to ensure the long I sound in the word. Doubling the T in this case would make the word rhyme with “flitting.”

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The present participle of the verb to write is writing (pronounced |ˈrīti ng | in American English), while the past participle is written (pronounced |ˈritn| in American English). Examples:

  • I am writing an essay.
  • I have written the essay.
  • I have finished writing it.
  • It is written...
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