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Is “et al.” one or two words?

I use et al. to refer to a paper with more than two authors. However, the word et got separated by a line (due to line end) and the word al. cam in the beginning of a new line. ... Authorname [end ...
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Is 'families' the correct spelling?

We will find something to suit your families needs today! I do not know whether it should be "families", "families'" or "family's"
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correct spelling of “carruffel” (fuzz, hustle, all that jazz)

I faintly remember learning a word that means an arbitrary hubbub of things, all the to do, a minor inconvenience, etc., I'm not really sure. I thought it was ca. "carruffel", but that does not exist....
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Why is the letter “e” removed when changing some word's verb form to its noun form?

I came across a word which was encumber. Like this verb there are many words whose noun forms don't include e in that place (before r in that word). Is there any reason behind it or is it just an ...
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Gray or grey? I'm really not sure [closed]

Pretty self-explanatory (I know this is a common question). I'm not sure. Can someone help me out?
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Which is the correct version “who's side” or “whose's side”?

Which one is correct in this case? I need to hear both sides of the story to know who's side I'm on. I need to hear both sides of the story to know whose side I'm on. I have seen both ...
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What are some spelling rules for deciding if a verb is regular?

Definition of regular conjugateable verb is that it is not an irregular verb but is there some spelling rules to decide that verb is regular for students until they memorise all the irregular verbs?...
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The state of being read-only: readonlyness / readonliness

This word, spelled readonlyness, is used in the code of a project I'm working on. Readonliness seems to be a more logical spelling, as in ready - readily, beauty - beautiful, lonely - loneliness, etc. ...
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What's the correct spelling of 'shmare'?

I've heard this expression several times in TV shows, but I couldn't find it anywhere. Is it like a small "piece" of some spread? Can I say for example: "Shmare me some Nutella"? Or Can I have ...
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Low-down vs lowdown as noun vs adjective

In an online CPE mock test I was given this question: The princess's nanny's autobiography really gives the ____ on the life among the royals. The correct answer was "low-down" which I did choose. ...
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What is the past tense of learn? [duplicate]

What is the past tense of learn? Is it learned or learnt? I've seen people use "learnt" in articles I've read on the internet and I didn't or haven't seen crazy words like this when I was in jr high ...
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debitum - dette - debt

I would like to know if there is an explanation for presence of "b" in the word "debt" in the contemporary English. Google says that in Middle English this word was written as "dette". Why then "b" ...
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rule of adding suffix -ing

Today I went through a link in Oxford stating https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/spelling/verb-tenses-adding-ed-and-ing If the verb has only one syllable and ends with a single vowel plus a ...
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Spelling/pronunciation of “gross” different from “moss”,“floss”, “loss”, “toss” etc

I am puzzled by the spelling of "gross". I always heard it pronounced as a diphthong, and my dictionaries confirm this. Now my English teachers always taught me that while a repeated consonant in ...
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“Swim lane” or “swimlane”?

Most books use the term "swim lane", but some articles use the term "swimlane" (for example, https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-swimlanes-to-a-flowchart-D794B112-8AA3-4360-8F12-E38BC62AD558)....
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The spelling rule of -ment

It seems to add -ment suffix does not generally change the spelling of the base word: "mange" -> "management". However, I've just noticed that this is not the case for "argue"->"argument". I wonder ...
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Submission of an article from the XXX Medical 'Center' to a journal that requires British spelling

I am editing a scientific paper that specifies British spelling. But the name of the author's research institute is The XXX Center for Medical Research. Should I change this to Centre?
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The placement of an intensifier put between the syllables of a three- or more syllable word for emphasis

Playing an online lexicogrammar game, I met the word "unbelievable" written with a swear word "f_cking" inserted between the first and second syllables: "un-f_cking-believable". I understand that ...
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Since English is not spelled as pronounced, who decides on how to write it when a new word has been created?

I have been thinking about it for some time and really wonder. It is the spelling in the English language. Since English is not spelled as pronounced or vice versa(not pronounced as spelled), I ...
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Why “annoying” uses double N but “anointed” uses single N?

I kept mixing and confusing these two usage of N. Sometimes I spell "anoying", sometimes I spell "annointed". This is probably a silly question, and the answer is probably as simple as "that's the way ...
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How to better translate “et voilá” from french?

In English, there is an expression that sound's like Ta-Da or Ta-Taan or Ta-Daaan It's is the same meaning as the French expression as et-voilá? If yes how do you correctly spell it? If not what ...
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Do call agent often ask you to spell your home address or name [closed]

I want to work on a call center but often when a person says their last name or address Im not able to spell it correctly So do they often ask you to spell it out?
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Should names of types of wood species be capitalized?

Should the names of species of wood be capitalized when used within a sentence? Examples: Bocote Cocobolo Which is correct: The pool cue's forearm was made from Cocobolo wood. ...or, The ...
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Verb to Adjective “inviteable” or “invitable”?

I really wonder what's the right way to make a verb to adjective? "inviteable" or "invitable"? "closeable" or "closable"? Are there rules about these or it's just my decision which one to use?
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How to cure bad spelling? [closed]

A friend who is a lawyer and reads a lot spells badly and it's affecting her practice. Spellcheckers are ok but they don't work in all cases, for instance when there are two words that sound the same ...
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What is the difference between grey and gray? [duplicate]

What is the difference between grey and gray? I've seen both used and I'm wondering which I should use when talking about the color. Why are there two spelling's for the same word and is there a ...
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In US English, which is the appropriate spelling: leveled a look or levelled a look?

Could you please tell me which spelling conforms to US English? Jane levelled/leveled a look at her mom, making it clear she wasn't in a mood to listen. The Dictionary lists both as acceptable, so ...
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When does the letter “e” get to have a long sound before a consonant?

When does the letter 'e' have a long sound before a consonant? For example: senior venal menial -melia penal Venus Pelias And in the case of Pelias, why can 'e' have both a short sound and a long ...
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Contramot or contramote

There is a term in Russian (the noun контрамот) made up of Latin соntra (against) and motio (motion). Means something like "moving in the opposite direction". How would it be spelled in English - ...
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Why it's surveys not surveies?

Sometimes I need to change y to ies but for survey, it's not. So far as I know there are some other cases too. Is there any "formula" I can follow for the plural form of words with -y?
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person's name vs persons' name [closed]

which one is correct, when talking about names of a group of person : ....persons' name ....person's name I guess that the first one is correct, because, persons is plural and also I guess ...
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March's or Marches

I was reading the following passage on englishworksheetsland.com when the phrase a few March's ago attracted my attention. As far as I know, the plural of March is Marches, but I can't understand ...
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“Conveince”: A word commonly used in Pakistan having to do with transportation but no English person knows about it

In Pakistan, when we don't have any transportation then we say "I don't have any conveince". This spelling is wrong but I never used in written English so I don't know. None of my English fellows in ...
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Dividing words into syllables between vowels

Are there some guiding principles on how to divide words into syllables (for spelling/pronunciation) especially in relation to when the division occurs between two vowels? For example why does 'brief'...
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Which spelling is correct? Theatre or Theater?

Theatre or theater - which word is correct for using in GB and US? I faced with both and also heard the opinion that "theatre" is not used in US, although it's definitely not true.
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Usage the particle “of” before past participle form of a verb

What are the grammatical and semantic roles plays the particle "of" in the next sentence? You had to of seen it before Source: Conversation with an Aussie
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Was “something” written “some thing” around 1900 in United States?

I want to know whether words like: "something", "anything", "somewhat", etc., were written: "some thing", "any thing", "some what", around 1900 in United States. I read a few letters of some ...
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Optimalization or optimization?

I am a little confused when I should be using Optimalization or optimization. Some dictionaries say Optimization is a noun of Optimalization, but I have no idea what they mean by that. Some of the ...
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What's the meaning of “that's you done” and what does “'s” stand for?

What does 's stand for in the bold sentence, and what's the meaning of "that's you done"? Could you also provide me with a reference? Harry entered Madam Malkin's shop alone, feeling nervous. Madam ...
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To distinguish between American and British spelling [closed]

Words are :- theater, behavior , litre, dialogue , tire, program, omelette, cheque, pajamas, realize .
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How to avoid the spelling mistake of Android vs Andorid?

Most of the time when I'm trying to write the word Android, I get the confusion about it's spelling, like will it be Andorid or Android. So most of the time I was written wrong spelling. To overcome ...
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Tree names omitting “tree”

In most cases I see authors write: oak tree, pine tree, palm tree, and etc. But can we just call them an oak, a pine, a palm? The house was standing next to an oak (instead of an oak tree). I was ...
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The word “Wednesday”

Why does the word Wednesday read as Wenzday? Where do its roots grow? All the other days of the week read as they are written but not Wednesday. Why hasn't the spelling changed over the years?
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Hyphenating a Hyphenated word: tree-trunk-like legs

He seemed to have tree-trunk-like legs. How do you hyphenate a hyphenated word, properly, and grammatically?
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How to spell correctly, “hand-written” or “handwritten”? [closed]

In the online dictionary, such as reverso, there are two ways to write this word. From what I understand, "hand-written" is a noun and "handwritten" is a participle. How to spell correctly, hand-...
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How should the names of Hindu deities be spelled?

For instance, shouldn't Lord Rama actually be spelled as Lord Ram, because that's how we pronounce it? Why then do I frequently find an extra 'a' at the end in texts?
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Screenshoting Or Screenshotting?

Which one is correct? Screenshot is probably a noun. I screenshotting grammatically correct? or it's just screenshoting?
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British English influenced by American English [closed]

I guess Br.E. is being influenced by Am.E. very much. That probably changes British words and spelling? People who study English in schools in Britain and America, should they strictly use British ...
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Is “anyways” a correct word in English? [duplicate]

I have seen many people use "anyways" in chat and comments on SE. But I think I have read in many books as "anyway". Which is the correct word? This suggests that "anyways" is an informal language. ...
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Troposkein or troposkien? [closed]

I found two different spellings (troposkein and troposkien) in different resources, which one should I use in the context of VAWT (of Darrieus type), and what is the difference?