As I was writing an answer in another SE language forum, I used "words in -act" for words ending in -act like impact or contact.

Words in -act are always pronounced /akt/

I said this both as a calque from French and as short for "ending in -act". Now I wonder, is this correct at all?

I know I can say "words ending in" or "words ending with" but it's a little heavy, is there a shorter way to say it?


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"in" can mean "characterized by" so it fits in your sentence. I haven't heard of any rule that prohibits the use of "in" in this sense.

Meanings of "in": https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/in (See point 1, subpoint 9)

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