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You may have noticed that "programmed" and "programming" stand as an exception to the usual tendency for final consonant doubling to occur in two-syllable words when the second syllable is stressed (for example, we double the final r in occurring but not in harboring). I use "tendency" guardedly here: Various other exceptions to this tendency exist, and ...
This text has a very annoying way of talking down to children by using absurdly short sentences. It also has one blatant astronomical error ("The moon takes 28 days to go round the Earth."). But I do not think it contains any real grammatical errors, just infelicities.
Here are the main guidelines to choose the right suffix among -sion, -tion, and -cion. The first two are the more common while -cion is actually quite rare. (ODO) Words ending in -sion If the ending is pronounced as in confusion, then it should be spelled -sion. Here are some examples: collision; division; revision; persuasion; explosion; ...
They are different simply because the are derived from two different 'Old French' words: attacher (from Old French: attachier) detacher (earlier: destachier) source: Oxford (pp. 141, 649, since Middle English, from Old French estachier = fasten ) Note : The French words themselves are not derived from Latin but a from Proto-Germanic root, but this is ...
There's some triple compound words that are overlapping double compound words: backwoodsman - backwoods and woodsman crossbowman - crossbow and bowman overlordship - overlord and lordship but what about words like fate - fat and ate? Is this really an interesting problem, or one best suited for a computer search?
According to oxford, error isn't a verb. Err is, and here are its forms: Not to knock wiktionary, but I wouldn't consider errored a verb form. Note that the entry doesn't cite any examples for this sense. Its examples as an adjective seem passable, though, especially in a technical sense. The mean number of errored bits per errored symbol is ...
Once we know the correct spelling, we can look up facet in the dictionary: noun 1 One side of something many-sided, especially of a cut gem: a blue and green jewel that shines from a million facets 2 A particular aspect or feature of something: a philosophy that extends to all facets of the business 3 Zoology Any of the individual ...
British vs American spelling? It's not that simple. I'm British, despite the Polish surname (father was one of the Polish RAF pilots in WWII), and when I was at school in the 1950s and 60s it was "organization"; which is still the preferred spelling in the Oxford English Dictionary, - despite the Media spelling it with an 's' instead of a 'z'. What you ...
I don't know. Guarantee and guard are two words that seem to have a superfluous 'u', and in French they both omit the 'u' (garantie and garde). Normally the 'u' would be there to harden a 'g' before 'i' or 'e' in words of Latin origin, but it's useless here and therefore I can't think of an easy way of doing it!
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, criteria and criterions can both serve as plural to the singular criterion. Here's the link.. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criterions
Further Choster's reply, and somewhat counter to the other answers, in the United States it appears "foodservice" is an (if not the) accepted and expected industry term. In terms of writing correctly for this industry in the U.S., based on the number of industry groups and industry publications that use "foodservice" in their name, it would be incorrect to ...
It depends on where the stress is. If the stress is on the final syllable, the consonant will usually be doubled.
From Wikipedia: "A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning, and may differ in spelling. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of "rise"), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too."
There's not really a "rule", but most words with this rhyme are spelled with -itch and not -ich. See RhymeZone on "witch": the only common words it has spelled with "ich" are "which" and "rich" (for some reason it doesn't list "sandwich" or "ostrich", perhaps because these words are often pronounced to rhyme with "midge" instead). This pattern also applies ...
The state of the art The accepted answer is wrong because OP has been misled by incorrect comments: there is no prefix 'at-', and no derivation from Latin. The English verb 'attach' has 2 t's because it derives from the French 'attacher' (ancien français estachier = ficher, du francique *stakka = pieu) The root of both words is Proto-Germanic stakô ...
Because the stress is different. Emit is stressed on the second syllable, edit on the first.
Tenor. informaly interpreted as tone formerly the general meaning, sense, or content of something.
Given enough time, I believe it's likely that the English word "you" will increasingly be superseded by lowercase "u" for the simple fact that it sounds identical, it intuitively and immediately carries the identical meaning, and does the work with 2/3 fewer letters. Glance through the etymology of the word "I," which historically "cost" the scribe at least ...
There are actually companies whose business is the manufacturing of what I have always known as gauges and whose company name includes the word "Gage". What I have found is that there are some who believe gage is correct. I'm sticking with gauge. Gage is just wrong to me.
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