Questions tagged [diacritical-marks]

Diacritical marks are glyphs added to a letter, present in many languages, that have different uses.

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Does “accents” include also the breve and caron?

The NOAD uses accent also for the circumflex accent, but in the description for breve it doesn't say accent. Does accents include also the breve and the caron, or does it strictly apply to acute, ...
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Using “naïve approach” in thesis

I'm writing a thesis in a technical field. One of my tasks was to implement some algorithms. I started with some simple ones, just for testing purposes, but as they were too simple and didn't work as ...
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How to translate proper name that contain one diacritical mark?

I'm currently writing an English report, and I have to include a street name in it. Unfortunately, this name includes a character that is not present in the English alphabet: an è. Every other letter ...
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Usage of apostrophe within the words to distinguish substantives from verbs

Consider the following statements: There has been a 10% decrease in the value. The value may decrease 10% next month. In the first sentence, decrease is a substantive while it's a verb in the second ...
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Why does the i in naïve have two dots?

I have observed that the word naïve is written with two dots on the i. Why is this? Is it correct to write the word with a single dot, as in naive? Are there any other English words with such two ...