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    It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    en·code

    Meaning:
    + obj] 1 : to put (a message) into the form of a code so that it can kept secret

    Or can be kept?

    Can you please tell me whether the meaning of "en·code" above is correct or not, in terms of grammar.

    Thanks in advance.

    Please tell me if there are any errors in my post.

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    Re: It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    en·code

    Meaning:
    + obj] 1 : to put (a message) into the form of a code so that it can kept secret

    Or can be kept?

    Can you please tell me whether the meaning of "en·code" above is correct or not, in terms of grammar.

    Thanks in advance.

    Please tell me if there are any errors in my post.
    It's 'to encode', to put (a message) into the form of a code so that it can be kept secret

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    Re: It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    Hello Ferdie11

    1 : to put (a message) into the form of a code so that it can be kept secret.

    encode, in terms of language, see encode - Definition from the LINGUISTICS topic - SOCIETY, and page 147 here Routledge dictionary of language and ... - Google Books, 2 Linguistics

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    Re: It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    Hi bhaisahab,

    Please click here (meaning #1) to know its source.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    What can you say about this?

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    Re: It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi bhaisahab,

    Please click here (meaning #1) to know its source.

    Thanks a lot.
    Here it is:
    Meaning:

    [+ obj] 1 : to put (a message) into the form of a code so that it can kept secret : code ▪ an encoded message —compare decode

    The red portion is wrong (a typo probably). It should be can be kept secret. That is not necessarily the definition of encode in terms of language.

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    Re: It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    What can you say about this?
    What I can say is, it might be better if you used a dictionary other than Merriam-Webster. Try the Oxford or Cambridge learners dictionaries.

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    Re: It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What I can say is, it might be better if you used a dictionary other than Merriam-Webster. Try the Oxford or Cambridge learners dictionaries.
    encode - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

    I don't think it's necessarily Merriam-Webster that needs to be avoided. The above link to the non-learner's edition at least gives the index word at the top in its normal orthography. Also Merriam-Webster gives the pronunciation and a sound recording.
    Learners should know that Merriam-Webster is an American dictionary though. And I believe they should also form a habit of checking at least two dictionaries (not both American) if they are not sure about something.

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    Re: It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    How about Random House Webster's dictionary? What can you all say about it?

    Thanks.

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    Re: It can kept secret or it can be kept?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    How about Random House Webster's dictionary? What can you all say about it?

    Thanks.
    Do you mean an online one? (If so, what's the link).
    I'm not familiar with Random House's range, but as we've seen, the quality of one dictionary in a publisher's range does not necessarily reflect on the quality of another from the same publisher.

    If you are considering buying one, I agree with bhai. My choice of dictionaries is Oxford or Cambridge (for BrE), Mirriam-Webster (for AmE), and Macquarie for Australian - which I mostly use when I'm not online. Collins also makes a great range.

    Buying a dictionary is a personal decision and depends on factors such as your current language level, your target language variety (if you have one), how heavy it is, whether you like the type-setting ...

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