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Electrical/electric [duplicate]

Which is correct: Electric power engineering student Electrical power engineering student
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Electric car or electrical car [duplicate]

I know the right answer is the former one thanks to Google, but is there a reason behind it other than idiomatic usage?
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How do we use the words 'electric' and 'electrical' correctly? [duplicate]

These two words are used differently as shown below: Electric engineering (incorrect✖) Electrical engineering (correct✓) Electrical lamp (incorrect✖) Electric lamp (correct✓) And sometimes, they're ...
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Why is it “geometric” but “theoretical”?

I just came across a course name: Geometric and Theoretical Optics. The mismatched endings bug me. Why do we have both -ical and -ic endings? Is there any difference in meaning between, say, ...
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“Electronic” vs. “electric”

Most people would refer to computers as being electronic, whereas a flashlight would be described as electric. I know the general difference (electronic devices use transistors?), but what is it ...
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Usage of “symmetrical” and “symmetric”

What is the appropriate usage of "symmetrical" and "symmetric" (using the geometrical adjectival definition of both terms)? Are they synonymous?
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'dynamical' vs. 'dynamic'

The adjective 'dynamical' is widely used in astronomy, perhaps science in general, but it seems like it has the exact same meaning and usage as 'dynamic', and further, seems to be the same part of ...
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“Geometric” or “Geometrical”?

I have read the excellent answers to Why is it "geometric" but "theoretical" - my question is specifically about usage. Is there a best practice for deciding between the variants geometric and ...
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Can I say, “Your example was quite graphical”?

Can I say, "Your example was quite graphical"? A person wrote an answer to me on StackOverflow and provided a very good example with pictures. Saying "your example was good" or "nice" or "clear" ...
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Is “analeptical” correct? Form of “analepses”

My teacher was editing my essay and change analepses (plural of analepsis) to analeptical. I'm trying to use the definition of a flashback. Here is the context: Original sentence: Analepses in ...
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What are the rules for the use of words that have a variant ending in -al? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it “geometric” but “theoretical”? “Electric” vs. “electrical” I think I'm clear on the difference between word pairs ...
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Are words like “heroical” and “empirical” morphologically redundant?

According to the big Oxford and the online dictionary, the following pairs are concurrent: heroic and heroical; empiric and empirical Aren't the second forms morphologically redundant? Heroic ...