Questions tagged [spelling]

This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer concerning the written representation of the English language, especially spelling and word breaks (including hyphenation).

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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. Is 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?
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Why 'receive' and 'relieve' have different spellings?

Why they have different spellings although they have same pronunciation?(Iam referring to the 'ei' and 'ie' part of that words respectively) I always get confused between them during exams.Can ...
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"Optimiser" vs "optimizer"?

I have seen words which are spelled either with a "z" or with a "s" like "optimizer" and " optimiser". I thought that the ones with "z" are wrong but on searching the web I found that both are ...
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travel: travelling / feel: feeling [duplicate]

If the verb ends with a vowel plus -l (as in travel or equal), then you need to double the l before adding -ed and -ing in British English. Oxford Dictionaries Is it a general rule in British English?...
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Learning correct pronunciation

How do you know how to pronounce words just by looking? For example I read books Could be either having read books in the past, or you are in the process of reading books at the moment. How do ...
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Why is the correct spelling "eating" and not "eatting"?

I am learning -ing spell rules from Woodward English. Can't figure out why is it correct to say 'eating'. Is the second rule not applicable here ? 2). If the verb ends in a consonant + vowel + ...
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What is the spelling of `~`?

I searched ~ spelling and ~ symbol spelling on Google but found nothing. My dictionary doesn't contain ~ either. P.S.: is there any online dictionary that can translate symbols? I find I know almost ...
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Fruit vs. Build vs. Ruin vs. Guide - Difference in pronunciation

The words "fruit", "build", "guide", and "ruin" sound very differently. In most cases the phonogram "ui" is a long [oo], but not in the words "build", "guide", and "ruin". Why?
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Pronouncing double "o" in Foot vs. Cooperation

Why are the two words "foot" and "cooperation" so different in pronunciation?
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Idiosyncracy or Idiosyncrasy?

Idiosyncracy is the way I've always spelt this, but 'idiosyncrasy' appears to be all but ubiquitous. Is this a UK-USA difference, or is the -cracy ending really incorrect?
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"Give" [ɡɪv] instead of [gʌɪv]

A very strange question is why do we pronounce give as [ɡɪv] instead of [gʌɪv] like in hive, dive, wife, life, knife? Or should it actually be [jʌɪv] by the grammar standards?
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Remember the title "KKnD"?

I want to ask why in the title "KKnD" it's: Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy instead of Crush, Kill 'n' Destroy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KKnD_series I couldn't find this word in the dictionary and ...
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Why is innovation spelt with 2 n's while renovation is spelt with 1?

Is there a consistent rule when you double the n's ?
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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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Are there any circumstances when the article 'a' is used before the word 'answer'?

Generally, we use the article "an" before the word "answer", because it starts with the sound of a vowel. But "a" is also used before this word: Above all things never show an inmate fear or ...
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Can I use "friend" instead of "befriend"? [closed]

Is it ok to say I want to friend you. instead of I want to befriend you. ?
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n page document or n pages document

When describing a report, should I write: this 175 page document contains information about... or this 175 pages document contains information about... Or possibly with a dash? (175-page ...
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Subquestion or sub-question? (British English)

I'm a non native English speaker writing a dissertation in British English. I'm trying to understand whether I should write the word "subquestion" with or without hyphen. This English stackexchange ...
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Beautiful vs Beautifull

I am always confused between beautiful (ends with single L) and beautifull (ends with double L). I noticed that in the dictionaries it's written with one L but maybe also the second form is correct ...
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The sound effects could of been better [closed]

"The sound effects could of been better." I found the above comment on YouTube. The correct sentence is of course: "The sound effects could have been better" or "The sound effects could've been ...
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Is bimonthly or bi-monthly correct spelling

Is bimonthly or bi-monthly correct? In http://www.dictionary.com/browse/bi-monthly?s=t I can find both in the examples.
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Immaterial vs nonmaterial which one to use?

Is there a difference in using immaterial vs nonmaterial? Do both of them have the same meaning ? Besides, is it: non material nonmaterial or non-material? I have found nonmaterial in the ...
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Where can “porosimetry” be hyphenated?

Where can I hyphenate (split at the end of the line; British English) the word porosimetry? Merriam-Webster and dictionary.com do not know the word at all and ushuaia hyphenates only at one position: ...
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Do English speakers accept the word "ostarthritis"? [closed]

I find the word ostarthritis here, but when I check the word on www.dictionary.com and some other online dictionary, it seems that this word is not correct and can not be found? Do you guys know this ...
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Is there a difference between the words "concious" and "conscious" (and is the former even a word)?

My auto-spelling software seems to accept concious as a word. Is it correct to do so (for historic or whatever reasons), and is there in any case a difference between concious and conscious?
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Is it a or an "identity verification concept"? [duplicate]

In this suggested edit on https://security.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/80054 Security SE is a identity verification concept that claims [...] to is an identity verification ...
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Why some characters are replaced by apostrophe by native English writers?

I see words like stayin' , livin' , 'eck , 'our. The first word I saw in the song, Staying alive.
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What does web-mistress imply as a job title

I love that none needs my permission to take my code and do something cool with it, and someone else can do the same with that code. I love that an "end user" is usually only a few hours work away ...
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But may be you might of heard tell 'bout the price on her head

Well, she ain't no John Wilkes Booth. But may be you might of heard tell 'bout the price on her head. This is a quote from QT's movie the Hateful Eight. I am aware that this is not supposed to be a ...
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Spelling a word with two U's in a row out loud

I would like to know how to spell a word with two consecutive U's out loud—like "vacuum". Do we say vee, ay, see, double U or just U, U, em? I'm wondering because if we say "double U" it might be ...
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How to write a plural form of 'ex' (ex girlfriend..etc)

She's my ex But then, In my photo album, you see many exes/exs/ex's of mine?
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Cadaster or cadastre in an American journal?

I am going to submit an article in an American journal. I use the spelling "cadaster", following the examples like meter, register etc. However, I can find very little examples of using this spelling ...
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How to adjectivize "commence"?

I was uncertain if the adjective of commence was commenceable or commencable (meaning being able or allowed to begin or being eligible to start). According to my googlificational skills, neither is. ...
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"grey" vs "gray" are both common equally in use?

Yesterday I wrote "gray" in the meaning of the color, but my friend corrected me and told me to write "grey". Today I checked in the dictionary and I found that they are both correct for the same ...
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Words to Disambiguate Alphabet Letters from Others

Dictating e-mail/website addresses each one letter by one on a phone call is always challenging for me. I found that listeners often misspell certain letters like B/D/V because the pronunciation is ...
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Which one is correct? "cancelled" or "canceled"

I am confused about the spelling of the past tense of the verb "cancel". I googled a bit but everyone has a different opinion apparently. I need to know the correct standard spelling.
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Does the notion of check word exist in English?

It is interesting if in English there is the notion of the check word? In Russian if we don't know how to spell a certain unstressed vowel in some cases we can find the check word ( проверочное слово )...
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Spelling of first-year/first-year’s

In a sentence like: I teach programming to first-years. What’s the correct spelling for the last plural? first-years, first-year’s, ...? I don’t know how to pluralize, hyphenate, and/or ...
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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 'workaround' written as one word?

A colleague was making a presentation, and the spell check indicated that workaround is written as one word. I don't understand why, as I understood that English does not merge words like Dutch (my ...
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Is there a difference between "revoke" and "revocate"?

I'm trying to find a verb that would correspond to noun "revocation", and it seems logical to me that I should use "revocate". However, in many editors this word is highlighted by the spell checker, ...
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How to choose the spelling of a foreign name

Are there any rules for spelling names in English that come from other languages? My name is Maysam, and I spell it like that. But some people say it is Maeisam and such as that... Is there a ...
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“Sinbad” vs. “Sindbad”?

In Arabic, I see it written and pronounced as "Sindbad", but "Sinbad" seems to be the original one. How should we write/pronounce it, "Sinbad" OR "Sindbad"?
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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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How do I pluralize a proper noun that is also an English word?

There is a card in Magic: the Gathering called Rally the Ancestors. My friends and I refer to the card by its shortened name, "Rally". The plural form of rally when used as a regular word is rallies. ...