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It is an English phonetic adaptation of Greek words: There are a number of Greek onset clusters imported into English: 'gn-' as in 'gnostic' 'pn-' as in 'pneumonia' 'pt-' as in 'pterodactyl' 'ps-' as in 'psychology' The 'g' and 'p' are not silent in Greek. But /gn/, /pn/, /pt/, /ps/ are not legal onsets in English phonology. English speakers ...


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Both are valid, but they have slightly different connotations. Help whenever possible is, literally, requesting assistance as often as possible. Help wherever possible is more equivalent to Help however possible, which isn't asking for a specific amount or frequency of timing on the help, merely asking for help in whatever capacity the recipient can. ...


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You would be using the word different as an adverb to modify the adjective colored. Thus, one from the States would say differently colored socks. It is consider sloppy to hyphenate adverbs as pointed out by @Drew.


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Ligatures and diaereses are not generally used in modern English text. However, whether or not they are "acceptable" depends on many factors. The easiest way to judge if something is acceptable is if you have an institutional style guide that you're supposed to follow. Any reasonably complete style guide should cover this topic. I believe the most common ...


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One of the advantages of using non-WYSIWYG typesetting software such as LaTeX is that it takes care of ligatures for you (and respects the style settings put in effect by the journal editor). See http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/ligatures This won't automatically produce any of the ligature examples in your question, probably because they ...


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It's no longer acceptable or helpful; wikipedia style guide association of art editors style guide It's so old-fashioned that it has become an affectation, and will result in your writing being judged poorly. It's acceptable if you're quoting a language that uses them (that is, if you'd also italicise the word to show it's a foreign word) but modern ...


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I would imagine that both are equally viable in that context and that it comes down to which you prefer using, either visually or in terms of what you believe to be correct. If you find different dictonary/definition websites with each using or referring to a different spelling, then that would suggest that you could use either. Hope this helps.


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Reorder. With re- words, you should use ‘re-’ (with a hyphen) if the next word begins with an ‘e’ or a ‘u’ (when not pronounced like ‘you’). Otherwise, don’t hyphenate. It’s therefore re-examine, re-urge, re-entry and re-elect, and reuse, reunion, reorder, reinforce and redevelop. Source: ...


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Some people (including me) have /ɛ/ in catch (this is listed as the second pronunciation by Merriam-Webster) although for me the vowel in this word is more variable than the one in many and any (I might say /kætʃ/, while I would never say /æni/). The past tense of eat, which is standardly spelled "ate," may be pronounced /ɛt/ (see this map from the ...


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If you are speaking of charts or graphs it is fairly common to see "all dollar values converted to xxxx dollars" or a single mention of the constant value in the accompanying text.


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There is no standardized way to indicate this in general There are concepts such as real value and time value etc but outside of a technical context they must be explicitly indicated


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As Prof. Yaffle mentions in the comments, if it were parallel to other forms, it would just be the letter l with an acute accent on top. I've never seen this form used for this purpose, but then again, l with an acute is not common, so it's possible that this form existed before Bullokar's book, and has only fallen out of use in modern times. L is the only ...


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it's a dark l note that the l in lab and the l in ball are distinct the second includes a raising of the base of the tongue the two sounds map to one phoneme in English, in many other languages they are separate sounds/letters/basic units there is to my knowledge no other separate term in English, and the term dark l refers to the sound not the glyph


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I agree with the lengthy reply provided by @dodgethesteamroller that ended with "Thus "in situ visualization" is unambiguous because "in situ" cannot be mistaken for two separate adjectives; there is no such thing as "situ visualization." It's fine to put the hyphen in, but it may be perceived as old-fashioned by some copyeditors." However, I would take it ...


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Siphon is the common and preferred form My very big dictionary (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition) contains no distinct entry for syphon. The entry for siphon reads as follows: si-phon also sy-phon n. 1. A pipe or tube fashioned or deployed in an inverted U shape and filled until atmospheric pressure is sufficent to ...


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I have been a newspaper editor for 47 years in Houston. Try thinking of it this way. "On-line" and "online" are just short for "on the line," the line being your connection to the World Wide Web. So we really have three choices. As we say in advertising, "Pick the one that's best for you." Now, after I initially posted this, I had this thought: Consider "on ...


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"Travelling" is not wrong and "Travelling" vs "Traveling" is a "British English" vs "American English" thing as well-explained in the linked Wikipedia article: The British English doubling is used for all inflections (-ed, -ing, -er, -est) and for the noun suffixes -er and -or. Therefore, British English usage is cancelled, counsellor, cruellest, ...


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When Do You Need a Hyphen with a Prefix? There is often confusion over whether a hyphen should be used with a prefix. In other words, should you write re-consider or reconsider, or anti-aircraft or antiaircraft? Unfortunately, there is no simple rule governing this, but there are some guidelines. Guiding Principles for Hyphens with Prefixes If it's ...


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There are several different approaches to expressing thoughts, and no authoritative answer - or, rather, several, conflicting, authoritative answers. Undecorated thoughts - no quotation marks, no tags, no italics; just a change in tense and/or person - are recommended by people who argue that the most important thing is to avoid breaking up the flow of the ...



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