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e-commerce vs ecommerce [closed]

When using words like: ecommerce, ebanking, etc. What is the right way to write them? With dash like: e-commerce, e-banking? or as a one word: ecommerce, ebanking, etc.? I do not want to use the long ...
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How is the rule of thumb to know whether to use "-or-" or "-our-"?

For years I kept struggling with differentiating between whether a particular word is using -or- or -our-. These are some examples of words that I'm often having problems with: Behaviour vs behavior ...
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Vowels followed by consonant and mute "e"

When I was learning English, a long time ago, I was taught that a vowel was long only if followed by a single consonant and a mute "e", as in mete and fate. However, I find enough exceptions to this ...
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Is there a difference between "artist" and "artiste"?

While we commonly use the word "artist" (for a person who knows any art), a lot of literary publications and even some news organisations spell the word as "artiste" - with an &...
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There are many exceptions for the mnemonic rule of thumb "i before e except after c" but have any new attempts arrived at any new rule?

Per title, there are many exceptions for the mnemonic rule of thumb "i before e except after c". Have any new attempts arrived at any new rule? For example, compile all the cases of a ...
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"Crysis" vs. "Crisis" [closed]

I remember "Crysis" was a common word in textbooks when I was in school, but "Crysis" has made way for "Crisis" in lots of articles I have read recently. Has "Crisis" really gained popularity? Any ...
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Old English versus Middle English [closed]

I am not English native and I just realized that some words are acceptable in different spellings. For example the word "amongst" often written as "among" or the word "towards&...
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Why is there a 'p' in "assumption" but not in "assume"?

I know a little bit about the suffix -tion. It is usually added to verbs. Examples: -domination (from dominate), -admiration (admire), -deviation (deviate), -ejection (eject). "Exemption (...
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The Ö letter in "Coördinator"

I was watching some Pink Panther episodes on YouTube, and I noticed something weird. The word COORDINATOR is written COÖRDINATOR with an Ö. I searched for it in dictionaries and etymology references ...
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When to pronounce ‹s› as /z/ in the middle of words?

When do you pronounce ‹s› as /z/ in the middle of words? Is there any rule? I also saw there are some differences in articulating medial s between American and British accents. I already know the rule ...
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Dangerously closely antonyms

We have a tag "pseudo-antonym" here ("flammable" vs. "inflammable", "get up" vs. "get down"), but I ask for the exact opposite. A classic is "He ...
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Why does "wind" have two different pronunciations?

The word "wind" seems to be problematic (with almost all other English words that behave strangely). When it is used as a noun to mean the movement of air, it is pronounced to rhyme with &...
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Is it correct to write "ebook"? [duplicate]

E-book (in full electronic book) traditionally has been written with a hyphen between 'e' and 'book' as far as I know. But nowadays, I have been noticing, it is written in many sites as 'ebook' ...
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"Pure" VS "Purer" VS "More pure" [closed]

Q.1) What's the difference between pure, purer, and more pure, and what's the correct situation to use each one? Q.2) What should I write (pure, purer, or more pure) in the following blank? Juice ...
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Is it breastfeeding, breast-feeding or even breast feeding?

I’ve now seen three spellings for the same term: The Wikipedia article is called Breastfeeding. The Unicode standard calls the 🤱 emoji breast-feeding. Google adds “Did you mean: breastfeeding?” to ...
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Cancel(l)ed vs cancellation

cancel, vb., makes canceled and canceling in AmE. Yet, in cancellation the -l- is doubled (-ll-) because the accent falls on the third syllable. It's etymology is Can·ce(l)·la·tion Mid-16th c. Latin ...
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final letter "y", following a vowel, yet representing another syllable

Is there a word in English, in which the final letter "y", while following a vowel, would represent another syllable? For example, in the words "worry", "story", "...
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How do I avoid misspelling "receive" as "recieve"?

As a non-native speaker and before the advent of the panaceas called spell-checkers and auto-correct, I used to often misspell words like receive ( as "recieve") and achieve (as "acheive"). I still ...
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Why is the W silent in "sword" but not in "swore"?

The word "sword" is pronounced /sɔːd/ (AmE: /sɔrd/) while "swore" is pronounced /swɔː/ (AmE: /swɔr/). The W in "sword" is silent because of the following round vowel; the ...
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Pre-school or preschool?

When I check my various dictionaries (Longman; Cambridge; Merriam-Webster and a bilingual dictionary), preschool is spelt without a hyphen. Still, when I google it, I get a fair number of hits for ...
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Cannonical or canonical? [closed]

I found spelling "cannonical" in this answer: https://dba.stackexchange.com/a/133641 My text editor marks it with red line as word error. Please tell me which form is correct, I have doubts.
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Why do we have pronunciation for the word “liquorice” as ‘liquorish’?

Is there any difference in pronunciation between the American and British speakers?
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Is there any English spelling reform schemes that employs diacritics to represent more accurate pronunciations?

I've seen the list of English spelling reform from Wikipedia. However all the reforms listed there are inclined to reestablish the whole orthography and sever the relationship to the current ...
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How do I decide if an "i" is pronounced long or short?

I am an English teacher who has never really learned the complex rules of teaching pronunciation. Many learners here in Spain have difficulties deciding whether an "i" in a word is long or ...
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Why is "iron" pronounced "EYE-URN" but not "EYE-RUN"?

I just noticed that the word iron is pronounced EYE-URN in standard Englishes instead of what the spelling suggests. I have always been pronouncing it "EYE-RUN" but I just checked its ...
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Irreproducible, unreproducible, non-reproducible or not reproducible, which one to use?

I was going to add a tag for issues of my GitHub repository, to describe an issue that would not be able to be reproduced. Here are the four versions of this word I can think of: Irreproducible ...
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When do we double the consonant before '-ing' affix?

My son is learning how to spell. He is doing a good job listening to sounds and working out spelling that way (which doesn't work for many words, but at least a lot of common ones), but although he's ...
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Which is (most) correct: "permille" or "per mille"?

The spelling "percent" (one word) is generally accepted, I think. Thus I presumed that "permille" (one word) would be correct, but the Cambridge Dictionary only mentions "per ...
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"Its" and "it's" - how to remember?

What is a good mnemonic rule that an English learner can use to remember the difference between its (possessive adjective: a team has started its lunch) and it's (verb: it's raining)?
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Does web-related English (or "Web English") constitute a dialect of English? Should I write technical documentation using Web English?

As we know, English exists in many dialects. In another life, over 20 years ago, I spent a year and a half in Japan, teaching English. I was under no obligation to teach standard American English but ...
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How many vowels in each syllable?

I'm trying to improve my spelling, and I came across this article, which states that "Every syllable has one vowel'. How can this be true while words like room, pain, eat, grow, etc. Have one ...
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Demonopolise or de monopolise?

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 ...
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Why is a 'ph' or 'gh' used instead of an 'f' in commonly used English words like Elephant and Enough?

It's pretty silly. But then, this question has been left unanswered since preschool. English clearly defines an alphabet 'F'. So why is a 'Ph' used ? or a 'Gh' in words like 'Enough' or 'Tough' ? It ...
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Is ”Physical”'s IPA spelling not unique?

Could you come up with an explanation why the same adjective "physical" has two IPA renderings of the same pronunciation? Oxford Learners Dictionary: /ˈfɪzɪkl/ (that is the /ə/ is missed 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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You can't spell 'Slaughter' without 'Laughter'

...and yet they are pronounced very differently. /ˈslɔtər/ vs /ˈlɑːftə(r)/ For those who don't read 'pronunciation': Slaw-ter vs Laff-ter Similarly: Homographs (words spelled identically but ...
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"I can't login" or "I can't log in"?

Which is correct: I can't login? I can't log in? I'm confused if that's with a space or no space?
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Pronunciation of adjectives ending with "-ate" [closed]

Legitimate How should I pronounce it? It's confusing me. There are so many vocabularies of adjectives ending with "ate" as in meet or as in "it" : like "tim -it" as in ...
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Pronunciation of "chase"

I've always pronounced “chase” with a z sound instead of s. This will go with the rule that s is pronounced z if it is between 2 vowels. I see anyway that the correct pronunciation is with s. Chase - ...
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Why are "LOse" and "LOOse" pronounced differently?

I know that both the words are pronounced and used differently. I also found another question on this site: "Use of loose and lose [closed]", but that is about the usage of the word. My ...
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How can I choose between "-se" and "-ce" for the spelling of the word ending pronounced /s/

How can I choose between "-se" and "-ce" for the spelling of the word ending pronounced /s/. For example, both "sense" and "science" have the ending pronounced /s/.
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Reason or rule for pronunciations [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and I am learning English. Sometimes I will get baffled by the pronunciations used in English. It is very difficult to pronounce something just by looking at it. ...
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Why is the <th> in "posthumous" pronounced as <ch> (/tʃ/)?

I have always pronounced the th in "posthumous" as if it was the "th" in think (/θ/), but when I searched itd it was actually the ch /tʃ/: UK: /ˈpɒs.tʃə.məs/ US: /ˈpɑːs.tʃə.məs/ ...
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Phonograms and Spelling (Optical, Optimal, etc.)

I am reading a book which contains phonogram rules for English spelling. For the multiple letter phonogram sound of -ti, it says -tall /sh/ used only at the beginning of any syllable after 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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Why "truly" instead of "truely"?

Is there any reason, historical or grammatical etc? Why isn't this tolerated like "judgement" or "blueish"? I couldn't find related posts around here or EL&U forum as far as I searched. I'd ...
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Gray or grey? I'm really not sure [duplicate]

Pretty self-explanatory (I know this is a common question). I'm not sure. Can someone help me out?
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British English: Practice vs practise

I am having trouble working out whether the following two uses of practice should be the verb (-ise) or the noun (-ice). Can anybody please help clarify? Every single member of our staff practices/...
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Visualize and Visualise national recognition? [duplicate]

Which spelling is recognized more as the proper spelling globally?
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Was "twelve" pronounced as "TPELF"?

I came across this piece of text and I for the life of me can't understand why "twelve" is written tpelf. I have encircled other numbers that are strange. My friend who lives in New York ...

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