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What is the correct term "back-end", "back end" or "backend"?

I don't think you're going to be corrected or admonished for using any of these three. Google understands you perfectly no matter how you type it. Wikipedia features all three as well. Personally, I'...
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What is the correct term "back-end", "back end" or "backend"?

You can Spell it as back end when used as a noun, as for example "I am working on the back end of a project", and Spell it as back-end when used as an adjective, as for example "The back-end ...
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"Rollbacked" or "rolled back" the edit? And what about "double-click"?

In your examples rollback is a compound word consisting of the verb to roll and the preposition back. It is similar to turnoff which is composed of to turn and off. The past tenses are ...
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"Rollbacked" or "rolled back" the edit? And what about "double-click"?

Tenses always apply to verbs, so to see where to apply it, you need to figure out which part of the compound (or hyphenated) word is the verb. "Rollback" is a compound word, consisting of the verb "...
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why "American-born", not "America-born"?

There are 2 ways to express the country of birth. born as a(n) [American, Canadian...] rewritten as: [American, Canadian...]-born born in [America, Canada...] It is similar with the pattern:...
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Two Grammatical questions over sentences extracted from The Economist

Your interpretation is correct. "It" refers to the capture of the drone under the described conditions. I had completely missed the extra "a" hiding in plain sight. Yeah, that's a typo. It should ...
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Why it is called "homesick" instead of "parents sick"?

We don't use "homesick" for a child crying on the first day of school. When people are homesick, it actually is from missing their home. Usually the familiarity of it, the ability to be oneself there, ...
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"Backyard" vs "Front yard" - same but different

Collins considers "back yard" as two words permissible in British English. Of course, in British English the standard term is usually "back garden" (always two words), but "...
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What are the differences between the nouns, "shoot" and "shot"?

shoot & shot are film/movie & professional photographic terms. shoot describes the 'event' at which film stock is used to make the movie/photographs. The shoot is a general term for the ...
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Two word compounds ( type file or file type )

the rule for word order in this case is {type}{thing} so, to take your examples in order: phone number the thing that you have (say 01234 567890) is a number. What type of number is it? it's a ...
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Why do we say "a one-legged man", with a final -ed, but also say "a one-person job" without?

The past participle formed from a part of the body(eye, arm, leg, foot, etc) means "having said body part", as you say; a number in front indicates how many there are: a three-legged stool a ...
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On the expression "sun-down"

I think this is no different in English than in your own native language. You can make up almost anything you like, but you have to consider the following: Has it been used before, and if so, does ...
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Should I use "in between" or "inbetween" in the following sentence?

In between (2 words) is the correct punctuation for an adverbial phrase, which is how the phrase functions in your sentence. It's also the correct punctuation for a prepositional phrase (e.g., "I live ...
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How can I correctly form collocations such as 'cough trouble'?

The phrase you're looking for is noun adjunct or adjectival noun. In English, we can use a noun like an adjective to modify another noun. The second noun is the thing itself - in this case, trouble. ...
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What is the correct term "back-end", "back end" or "backend"?

From the Microsoft Style Guide: back end, back-end Don't use if you can substitute a more specific term, such as server, operating system, database, or network. Two words as a noun. ...
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Which two clauses should be compounded in this sentence?

Both interpretations of the sentence are correct, but convey subtly different meanings. The meaning could have been clarified if they had added commas and chosen "which" or "that" appropriately. The ...
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What does "red-rope" mean?

It is common at publicity events such as film premiers for the stars to walk along a red carpet to the event's entrance. Lesser mortals, both press and public, are kept behind a barrier and off the ...
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why "American-born", not "America-born"?

"American-born" means that someone was an American citizen from birth. It doesn't necessarily mean they were physically "Born in the USA." "America-born" does mean they were physically born in the ...
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On the expression "sun-down"

Meriam-Webster gives actual definitions for both of those words. Sundown: : SUNSET sense 2 Sunup: : SUNRISE In short, both of these are fine: She took a factory job working from sundown ...
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Ligatures in 'shelfful'

Shelfful is different from scaffold because it is a compound word (shelf + full), so the two f's are truly separate. Removing the ligature between the f's re-emphasizes this construction. ...
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What are constructions like "the getting-to-know-you stuff" called?

In the "getting-to-know-you stuff", the hyphenated part is a 'modifying phrase'. It basically fulfills the role of an adjective. Outwardly it reminds a 'compound adjective', but does not have the ...
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Which two clauses should be compounded in this sentence?

Both alternants are plausible, though it’s not about 'compounding' two clauses, but about a coordination of two verb phrases. [1] He asked a lot of questions which [were none of his business] and ...
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Left handside, left hand side, left hand-side?

It's "left-hand side", the side nearest the left hand. "Left hand" forms a compound adjective and so should be hyphenated.
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On the expression "sun-down"

First, the sentence is an idiomatic way to say that she was working a long night shift. Her work hours weren't really tied to the sun's rising and setting. Depending on a city's latitude, the ...
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A sentence may contain two nouns back-to-back. How are these nouns written?

The general rule for noun phrases like this is to separate them by spaces. However, many* specific pairs of words have exceptions and are either written hyphenated, or are even merged into a new word ...
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Should I use "in between" or "inbetween" in the following sentence?

Between on its own is a preposition while in-between functions more like an adverb. We usually use between before the object it refers to: Between life and death is a long, hard life. In-between ...
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Reordering complex sentences

It is hard that I can't see you [2] This matter that I can't see you is hard for me [4] that I can't see you is hard [3] that I can't see you is hard for me [1] I've ranked according ...
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correct use of hyphens to connect two words

Two words are joined by a hyphen when the collocation occurs in a non-standard context. For instance, we speak of the front end (space, no hyphen) of a car when this acts a noun phrase: The front ...
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Why it is called "homesick" instead of "parents sick"?

The historical reason is given here: homesickness (n.) 1756, translating German Heimweh, from Heim "home" (see home (n.)) + Weh "woe, pain;" the compound is from Swiss dialect, expressing a ...
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