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This tag is for questions concerning the written representation of the English language, especially spelling and word breaks (including hyphenation).

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Are you able to interpret the word '' in '' at this paragraph?

Paragraph : They found that people were more honest when they were watched by eyes than when there were pictures of flowers. They put times as much money in.
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Spelling of temperature and preparation

Today, I have come up with the two confusingly-spelled words: temperature and preparation. The 'para' in preparation, and the 'pera' in temperation, look quite similar in pronunciation when we read ...
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Spelling problems [closed]

I hope you can help me with this frustrating issue. English is my second language and I feel comfortable both speaking and writing it. However, there is a major issue that affects my every day life ...
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Use of “the Earth” or Earth? [duplicate]

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about my grammar when discussing planets: "Branch Technology is revolutionizing the use of 3-D printing to create architectural elements and structures that will ...
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Why doesn't English spelling vary with region that much?

Even though English spelling is so irregular, native speakers still share a common writing system with little regional difference. When you refer to the moving organ in your mouth, you may pronounce ...
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Difference between “under”, “underneath”, “below” and “beneath”

It leads me to the confusion, when it comes to contradicting between some prepositions. Today, I want to know the distinction between the two similar senses of these prepositions: under, underneath, ...
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Is a parenthesis in the middle of a word understandable? E.g. human(oid)s

One can use a parenthesis to mean that at least one of the words, chosen according to context, fits in the sentence in question e.g. student(s) meaning both singular and plural or one of them. ...
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Is it necessary to use “will” twice on the text below

Thanks for your feedback. We will make the changes and be ready for tomorrow’s call
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Is it me or does Grammarly have it wrong: “Your” vs “You're” [closed]

My friend and I are having a debate whether the following is wrong your saying Grammarly is wrong and your smarter. since it's the wrong your. But Grammarly seems to not pick up on it, is it ...
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Is there any use for ¿ in English language?

I know that ¿ is used in Spanish language to make questions. But I never saw that in English language. Do we use "¿" for something in English language? I've found info about irony ponctuation but I ...
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Is “buffeted” the AmE version of the BrE word “buffetted”?

I am referring to the use of the verb "to buffet" meaning "(especially of wind or waves) strike repeatedly and violently; batter." The use of "buffeted" and "buffeting" is widespread. However use ...
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I know a word when I see it , but do not know how to spell it on my own [closed]

What is it called when you know a word when you see it. But can not spell it on your own
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“Shaw” → “Shavian” – why “v”?

The spelling for the adjective derived from the name Shaw is Shavian and not Shawian. Similarly you can find Arrow → Arrovian and Harrow → Harrovian. This strikes me as odd. First of all, I accept ...
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initialised or initialized which one is correct spelling? [duplicate]

I have often seen initialised in lots of text, but when I want to write it in Microsoft office word, it says it was misspelled and it should be initialized instead of initialised. so here is my ...
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“Sassanian” vs. “Sasanian”: Which one is more accurate? With one “s” or two?

Sassanian: Webster. Sasanian: Wikipedia. I am really confused which one is more accurate... Even the pronunciations are different.
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“Open source” or “open-source”? [duplicate]

Would you say both are correct? I have a doubt about "open-source", but I've seen it quite a lot. Thank you.
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When do I use æ?

I've always seen this letter but didn't start learning about it until 10 minutes ago. What I was wondering most was when to use it. I have found some conflicting sources about it so if anyone could ...
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Using a designer's name or brand name as a substitute for the product itself

Example: A character owns a pair of Sophia Loren sunglasses. Before going out for the afternoon, "She drew on her Sophia Loren’s, flipped her long mane back, and tossed him a cheeky grin." If I'm not ...
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non taxable vs non-taxable [duplicate]

Is the correct usage of the non-taxable or nontaxable? I'm not sure what the correct use is. I want to say that it is with the hyphen however it ha become a debate that this could be incorrect.
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How did words like align get a g?

One answer for Is there an etymological explanation for the silent ‘g’ in “paradigm”? mentions that words such as align, apophthegm, arraign, assign, benign, campaign, consign, deign, design, ...
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Is there an etymological explanation for the silent ‘g’ in “paradigm”?

Whenever I come across the word paradigm, I have to make a small conscious effort not to pronounce the letter ‘g’. In Italian, it is spelled paradigma and each letter is individually pronounced i.e. ...
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Consistency. If I write 'recognize' with a 'z' do I have to write 'characterize' with a 'z' too?

I'm translating a book and need to keep the English orthography consistent. I'm a native 'British English' speaker. I know in British English you can often use either 'ize' or 'ise' endings. My ...
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Is there a word that describes words that are/are not orthographically defective?

For example, in English words like "though" and "trough" are more orthographically defective (as one would not be able to discern pronunciation by spelling alone), while "sad" and "banana" are less ...
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Is “mediaeval” an outdated spelling of “medieval”?

I saw "mediaeval" on a Wikipedia page, and figuring it was a typo, edited it to "medieval", it was reverted as apparently mediaeval is the UK spelling. However, in all the dictionaries I've found from ...
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Examples and rules for one-letter change in spelling drastically changing pronunciation [closed]

I only have one example but it is striking for me as it showed how much I still do not know about spelling: breath /brɛθ/ vs. breathe /briːð/ Can you give more examples of this phenomenon? Are there ...
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If “cleanliness” is a word can I say something is “cleanly”?

As per the question, I might have spelt cleanly wrong...
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Reengineering or re-engineering?

I have seen both spellings of re-engineering used (with and without hyphen). Personally I prefer the hyphenated version as it aids with proper pronunciation of the word. Dictionary.com seems to ...
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If anonymous and anonymously are words, and so is onymous - why isn't onymously?

I need to write the following but apparently "onymously" isn't a word?... The user can post anonymously or onymously How can anonymously be ok to use - but not onymously? Can anyone suggest a ...
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What is the history of the spelling “imflammable” (with M instead of N)?

It's well known that some people find the presence of the in- prefix in inflammable to be confusing, and as a result, the form flammable has become more common over time. Although the spelling "...
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which one is correct and why “I will crack a joke or I will tell a joke” [duplicate]

This morning my bro told me “I will tell a joke” but my sister said “I will crack a joke.” I am confused. which one is right or why?
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Why is it necessary to continue to use the apostrophe in don't?

This is a case where afaik there is no existing word spelled "dont" which is confusing. Is there any evidence that this is becoming or will become acceptable spelling? More broadly, is texting and ...
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The term “ad hocness”

A strange compound of Latin and English. Reasonably common in epistemology and the philosophy of science. (Academic philosophers are not uneasy at creating new words when the need arises.) Questions: ...
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What is the proper usage of “high school” as an adjective?

I want to indicate that a friend's brother is in high school. For example, I was not close with my friend's high-school brother. Is this construction correct? Should it be high-schooler brother ...
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Uncataloged vs Uncatalogued?

I've googled around and is there a difference between these two spellings? Are both accepted. My initial instinct was that the first spelling is incorrect, but appears to have some usage.
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Could this use of “awhile” in a 1882 book be a mistake?

I found the following sentence in John Payne's translation of The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night: So, when awhile of the night was past, he entered [...] I think I understand the ...
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Which is correct: “eucharistic” or “Eucharistic”? Or is there no hard rule? [closed]

Recently I have been writing a question at https://christianity.stackexchange.com. I have noticed that browser underlines word "eucharistic". As I am neither English nor catholic, I do not know any ...
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The correct way to refer to a drop list on a computer window?

For example: Type in the description for the event (or use the droplist to choose one of the predefined choices). My spellchecker is offering: drop list drop-list Isn't droplist valid?
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Defense vs. Defence in Canadian English

I recently came across this spelling of "defense/ce" in a Canadian newspaper: Canada is a close U.S. military ally and the top U.S. export market, more than the U.K., Japan and Germany combined. It ...
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Is the internet still capitalised in 2018?

I have seen two questions about this asked in 2010 and 2011. 2010: Should the words "internet" and "web" be capitalized? 2011: Capitalization of "Internet" The answers ...
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Why is high spelled that way? [duplicate]

Why is "high" pronounced "hiy" but is not spelled as the latter, but the former? Wouldn't "high" be read as "heeg-h" or "haig-h"? The other possible duplicate's examples all have a "t" prefixing, ...
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I'm looking for the spelling of the word which is pronounced [cashay] [closed]

I'm looking for the spelling of the word which is pronounced [cashay] and means "a desired status". eg. "being knowledgeable in popular TV shows has a certain [cashay] among teenagers today."
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Fractions without slash on road signs

According to the UK Department for Transport Traffic Signs Manual, distances in fractions of miles are written without the dividing line or slash on traffic signs: What is the linguistic (i.e. ...
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curios vs curious

Is the spelling "curios" acceptable? Someone has given the title "The curios case of ..." for his talk (it does not follow by Benjamin Button!). At first, I thought that it is a misspell but after ...
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Alternate spelling of maximize & minimize [duplicate]

So I was writing a document for a piece of coursework and I started to struggle for the right words when I found this: You can spell 'maximise' as opposed to 'maximize'. The word 'maximalize' exists,...
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Must or should you use a hyphen in *Turing-complete* and *Turing-completeness?* [duplicate]

Here's quite a good general answer of when and how to hyphenate. This makes me believe, that Turing-complete is correct, even though most people are not writing it this way. However, Turing-...
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Why are there different vowels in the words “podiatry, podium” and “pedicure, pedestrian”?

There are some words like "podiatry, podium" and "pedicure, pedestrian" which are etymologically cognate and very close in their semantics. At least, the first morpheme in all of them is the same. Why,...
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Older English Term

My question is about a word I heard the other day in an audio book. Phonetically, it sounded like "SAW-sir-us" and had to do with a soft souind of the wind, or a soft wooshing sound. I believe it's ...
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Is “Pre-Raphaelite” capitalized? [closed]

Is the art term "Pre-Raphaelite" capitalized or is it spelled "pre-Raphaelite"? What is the general policy for the orthography of "pre-"? For example, The Pre‑Raphaelites emphasized attention to ...
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Alphabet letters

Why are the uppercase forms of approx 50% of alphabet letters so different from the equivalent lower case ? ie A and a, N and n, Q and q
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Non-existing or nonexisting [closed]

What is correct in English, non-existing or nonexisting? Searching sources on Google doesn't help much as both variants are widely present there. Onelook Dictionary Search doesn't show much about ...