I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app.

In the following sentence,

If governments will find ways to effectively minimise corruption and to demonopolise the market, ...

The app suggests using "de monopolise" instead of "demonopolise". Is it a critical mistake? Is there any difference in terms of meaning or tone?

  • 4
    "de monopolise" is certainly wrong. I'm not sure if it should be hyphenated or one word, but two words is definitely wrong.
    – Ryan M
    Mar 9 '21 at 4:30
  • 1
    Grammar correction apps are almost always terrible.
    – stangdon
    Mar 9 '21 at 11:56

"Demonopoloize" is the standard spelling. If you feel this is hard to read, because it seems to be "demon-opolize" you are free to use a hyphen to clarify the splitting: "de-monopolize".

If you use a style guide, you can check to see which form it prefers, otherwise use what you prefer and be consistent.

A similar example is "re-enter" or "reenter" both of which are used. You can pick the form that you prefer.

  • "Reënter" would also be considered valid according to some archaic guides. You virtually never see it today though. Mar 9 '21 at 8:59

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .