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The usage of comma in a sentence [closed]

Some online spell checkers are adding a comma after the word datasets. Is this correct or optional? Since some datasets, we are dealing with are not binary, we transform some of them into two-...
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“taxwise,” “tax wise,” or “tax-wise”

What should be the correct spelling for "-wise" combinations in adverbial coinages like "sportswise," "weatherwise," "businesswise, "saleswise," "taxwise," etc.? Should it be "NOUN wise," "NOUN-wise,"...
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Holiday card help

Say my last name is soloniewicz. Is it: Happy holidays from the Soloniewicz's Happy holidays from the Soloniewiczs Happy holidays from the Soloniewiczes I'm leaning towards the number three, but ...
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“Janus face” or “Janus faces”?

Which one is the correct spelling? In both cases, a google search seems to gives titles of journal articles. It is very strange for some journals to publish titles with wrong spelling. Yet, I cannot ...
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About how many words of four letters are there in English?

I was trying to determine about how many words there are in English, with four letters. (Ideally, excluding "s" plural, so cats and dogs would not be included.) Does anyone have any concrete ...
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What is the plural of Interleaving? [closed]

My computer shows a spelling mistake when I use the word Interleavings instead of Interleaving. But I see my lab mates use this word quite often in their papers. Can anyone help me understand what ...
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Week-long and Hard-working? [duplicate]

Do the words hard-working and week-long have hyphens?
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How are computers affecting spelling and usage? [closed]

Has spell check changed usage? I type the word "theatre" often; even here while I am typing it is underlined in red, yet Americans who direct, produce, or act in theatre prefer the older spelling. It'...
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Is how've a word?

Every spell check / auto fill I come across does not recognize this word. However, in speech I find it used quite often as in How've you been? (How have you been?) So is this an accepted ...
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Whereafter or where after, one or two words?

If I Google the word whereafter, multiple online dictionaries claim it is one word. However, if I type it in Microsoft Outlook, then spellcheck insists that it is two words. Grammarly seems to accept ...
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Sides of a town [duplicate]

With regards to the four quadrants of a town or city...which is correct: The north side of town, or The North side of town? He lives in the west side of town, or He lives in the West side of town? ...
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Scalable or Scaleable [duplicate]

I have seen a word 'Scalable' used in many websites. But its shown as wrongly spelled word on some application like Microsoft word. What is the right word scalable or scaleable?
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Is “preference” a recently verbed noun?

Apple TextEdit is giving a red line underneath "preferenced", as if it's not a valid word. Wiktionary describes "preference" as being a verb as well as a noun. Is it a recently verbed noun that's ...
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Reflexive pronoun (myself) grammar issue

I was writing in MS Word 2003, and it put a green underline under the word "myself", as used below. Don’t trust people, even myself, trust the code. I ran the spell and grammar check, but it ...
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Checkup vs Check-up [closed]

Quite a few people turned up for a 'checkup'. Is the use of the word checkup correct here? Microsoft Word and Firefox's autocorrect are both convinced that I should instead be using check-up, ...
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Condescension or condescenscion? [closed]

Merriam-Webster dictionary (official android app) only recognizes condescension, however, in page 341 of Verbal Advantage, it reads condescenscion. Which spelling is correct?
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Why do some words get a red wavy underline? [closed]

I have often experienced the red underline while typing indicating there's an error there may be grammatical or the word doesn't exist in the dictionary. When I type the name of popular universities ...
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What does 'Roodow (wrongly spelled, only the sound)' mean?

In Australia, I have met a lot of people saying a word (sound like) 'roudow' to respond (mostly to end, like 'alright' equivalent) a conversation. I have been searching around but haven't got any clue ...
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Sherlock Uncovered: Steven Moffat Describes Andrew Scott's Portrayal of Moriarty as 'Coruscatingly Brilliant' [closed]

This is a word I never heard before. Steven Moffat, co-writer of the Sherlock Series describes Andrew Scott’s performance as Moriarty as giving “a coruscatingly brilliant performance”. It seemed right ...
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Is “anecdotally” a proper adverb?

And if yes, is it common or rather odd? Example sentence: Anecdotally, we do see instances of customers buying both our products at the same store. The Chrome spellchecker doesn't seem to ...
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Verb question and use of am versus is

Is it correct to say: . . . and she like I am happy that. . . . or would you say: . . . and she like I, is happy that. . . . Microsoft Word spellchecker lets either of these be used.
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Why does my grammar check want to correct “versus” to “or”?

I typed the following sentence into Google Docs: The calculation becomes more involved, since there are several different ways to use the silicon wafers (polycrystalline versus monocrystalline). ...
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Are “should've”, “could've”, etc. valid short forms of “should have”, “could have”?

This is interesting - if I write "should've" (for "should have"), my spell checker underlines the word. Same happens if I do "could've" (for "could have"). I use these forms but I'm starting to ...
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Work around an issue or workaround an issue? [duplicate]

I'm writing an essay for college admissions, and this snipped is highlighted by my auto-correct as incorrect: There are many obstacles I face while working on a project, most of which take a lot ...
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Is “Customizable” a valid English word? [closed]

Is the word "Customizable" a valid English word? Every time i write that word, the spell checker underlines it, and it suggests using "Customization" or "Customize", I'm not a native English speaker. ...
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Existence of “multi” in US English

I have kept the "Check Grammar" option in my browser On, so whenever I write anything wrong as per US English it gets underlined. This is also the case with "multi". When I use this word in ...
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Utilise or Utilize

I am writing in UK English and would like to confirm that we use utilise instead of utilize. I cannot seem to find a answer for this online.
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“Functionalities;” According to Firefox, this word doesn't exist [closed]

I was composing an email and needed the plural form of the word "functionality." To my surprise I saw the dreaded red underline indicating a spelling mistake. It made me wonder whether this was a ...
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The years had or has laid [closed]

I can't figure out which of the two words are correct... The years had laid the foundation of my achieved knowledge. The years has laid the foundation of my achieved knowledge. With the correct ...
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Education or training

Is the word "education" or "training" correct? For example: I attended the HTL, where I got a 4-year education in "Electronic, Technical Informatics". I attended the HTL, where I got a 4-year ...
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“Among themselves” or “among them”?

Which sentence is correct? ...where successful people are giving lectures and people could exchange knowledge among themselves. ...where successful people are giving lectures and people ...
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Must OK only be written in capital letters? [duplicate]

Whenever I write ok the spell checkers underline it with a red line and suggest that I should OK. Not even Ok works. Why is this so?
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i want the solution of spelling problem [closed]

i want to make a thesis research on the topic of "spelling problems of the students" .Many students have confusion like letter \ leter ,,,,, spealing \ spelling ,,,,, little \ littel,,,,,,* slotuion \...
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“Smooths” versus “Smoothes”

I am interested in the rapid rise (since about 1993) in frequency of the spelling smoothes as against smooths. An Ngram Viewer graph tracking the frequency of usage of the two words from 1800 to ...
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How to correct a sentence that Word thinks is a fragment I need to revise?

I will be specific. I am trying to frame a sentence to include in a blog post. Instinctively it feels lame and wrong. Word keeps asking me to consider revising the fragment. As I am not a native ...
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What is the word for something that has not yet been configured?

I am writing a user-interface for a program that configures some things. Let’s call them entries. To help the user keep track of what is left of configuration, a section such as the following is ...
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Adverb of “gullible” [closed]

What is the adverb form of gullible? I tried using gullibly but it apparently isn't a word. Is it one of those adjectives that simply don't have an adequate adverb?
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“becomes who I am” or “become who I am”?

I've been experiencing this for a long time now. In Microsoft Word 2007, whenever I type the sentence, "Thank you for helping me become who I am now," it always tells me that my use of "become" ...
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What will be the possessive form of the word “Tipsy” used as a noun? [closed]

The Microsoft Word grammar check shows "Tipsy's" to be wrongly formed. I thought "Tipsy'" would do the job and it was shown as correct. However, it occurred to me that Tipsy does not end in a 'z' or '...
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Word suggests “advice” in place of “advise” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Advise” vs “advice” What is wrong with the statement "Please advise on this..."? Word suggests to change it to "Please advice on this...".
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What's wrong with this sentence? [closed]

I've noticed a few times recently that a generic, but well known text editor seems to be flagging up stuff that I'm sure is correct. For example, in the following sentence, the generic, but well ...
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Why is the word “movie” shown in spell check? [closed]

The spell check in Chrome or text-editors show the word "movie" as a spelling mistake, why?
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What is the correct spelling: “double-wide” or “double wide” or “doublewide” trailer? [closed]

I am referring to the style of home created when two single trailers are bolted together and lived in as a single unit.
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Difference between “pajama”, “pyjama” and “paijama”

Which is the correct word: pajama, pyjama or paijama? Is there a difference between these three?
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What is wrong with “Where should this car be parked?”?

Why does Microsoft Word 2010 show an error for the following sentence? 1. Where should this car be parked? Word 2010 also suggests changing the sentence to 2. Where this car should ...
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How to spell “woah” [closed]

How do I spell the word woah as used in surprise or excitement? Is it similar to wow but for the last w?
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Is there a verb “refactor” meaning “doing refactoring” in English?

Code refactoring consists of changing the structure of the code without changing its functionality. The term refactoring is currently used by software development industry to refer to this process. ...
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Why can’t one be “trepid”?

Why can someone be intrepid but not trepid ? The Free Dictionary and Merriam-Webster both consider trepid to be a real word, but my computer’s little spell-checker program does not recognize it as ...
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Which is correct: “expose” or “exposé”?

What is the preferred way to write words such as exposé in English? My Firefox spellchecker even tells me that exposé is incorrect and suggests expose. If exposé is correct, then how does this sit ...
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“Reseller” or “re-seller”?

Which spelling is correct — reseller or re-seller? I was writing a question on another Stack Exchange site, and I wrote reseller, but the editor underlined that as an incorrect spelling. Microsoft ...