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In this sentence..

"Items can be moved at ease making redecoration simple."

..my ever helpful computer says redecoration is misspelled. Redecoration is in my English-Spanish dictionary and Webster's progeny seem to like the word just fine so I believe either Chrome or Apple have made a mistake in calling it out.

While it technically fits to replace it with redecorating, I don't like the feel of that sentence as much. I'd rather be speaking about the concept of redecorating rather than the action.

Is redecoration wrong or less correct?

(I suppose I'm open to total rewording as well because simple at the end of that sentence just sounds awkward.)

edit: Since someone pointed out the 're' is unnecessary on 'decoration,' I'll say I'm open to either spelling but issue of 're' is not integral to my question. My real question is on contrasting usage of the gerund vs a noun - '(re)decoration' vs '(re)decorating'

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  • It was just suggested by a non-native English speaker (Japanese) friend that 'decorating' may be better because it's more specific to the action whereas 'decoration' can have the meaning of either the action or the noun. I tend to agee
    – Still.Tony
    Nov 12, 2015 at 16:59
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    Does this answer your question? Using Nouns or Gerunds Apr 5, 2021 at 13:46

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According to Dictionary.com

decoration [dek-uh-rey-shuh n]

noun

  1. something used for decorating; adornment; embellishment:

The gymnasium was adorned with posters and crepe-paper decorations for the dance.

  1. the act of decorating.

  2. interior decoration.

  3. a badge, medal, etc., conferred and worn as a mark of honor: a decoration for bravery.

Re-decoration isn't recommended or preferred because it's a noun referring to the secondary definition as shown above.

decorate [dek-uh-reyt]

verb (used with object), decorated, decorating

  1. to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming; embellish:

    to decorate walls with murals.

  2. to plan and execute the design, furnishings, and ornamentation of the interior of (a house, office, apartment, etc.), especially by selecting colors, fabrics, and style of furniture, by making minor structural changes, etc.:

    Their house is decorated in French Provincial style.

  3. to confer distinction upon by a badge, a medal of honor, etc.: to decorate a soldier for valor.

Re-decorate is definitely more preferred and grammatically correct sounding. I do not believe one is more grammatically correct than the other, but Re-decorating is more preferred.

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  • While redecoration vs decoration is helpful to know, it doesn't actually help with the decision. It sounds like you might be hinting at a preference of decorating over decoration but since you didn't actually say decorating is preferred or give any references to that, I can't tell. I did upvote because the unnecessary 're' tip is helpful.
    – Still.Tony
    Nov 12, 2015 at 16:46
  • @Tokunashi I'm not sure if you just missed it or something, but below the definition of decorate in my answer, I did put that decorating is more preferred.
    – anonymous
    Nov 12, 2015 at 17:13
  • Now that you've edited it to say that, yes, it does. (See your edit history from 47 seconds ago)
    – Still.Tony
    Nov 12, 2015 at 17:14
  • The only thing I edited was switching the word re-decorate to re-decorating hoping to make it more clear
    – anonymous
    Nov 12, 2015 at 17:15
  • @Tokunashi docs.google.com/document/d/…
    – anonymous
    Nov 12, 2015 at 17:19

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