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    exceptable and addable

    Hey, guys,

    I got a question about ''exceptable'' and ''addable'' if they are usable since they are not found in the dictionary.

    please. shed a light on the confusion holding me back from using them.

    Thank you.

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    Re: exceptable and addable

    If they are not in the dictionary they don't exist.

    Find alternatives.

    Rover

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    Re: exceptable and addable

    Are sure about the spelling: maybe you mean expectable.
    Addable is good.
    Use a better dictionary!

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    Re: exceptable and addable

    Quote Originally Posted by chester_100 View Post
    Addable is good.
    Use a better dictionary!
    How much better? I'm using The New Oxford English Dictionary and 'addable' is not in there. I know the word exists - well, actually, I'll confess and say I wasn't totally sure whether the word existed until I checked. Even so, can you give an example of its use? I only ever see 'can be added' (and then very rarely) in the financial statements I proofread.

    Oh, and another possibility for 'exceptable': 'acceptable'

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    Smile Re: exceptable and addable

    Quote Originally Posted by merry 07 View Post
    Hey, guys,

    I got a question about ''exceptable'' and ''addable'' if they are usable since they are not found in the dictionary.

    please. shed a light on the confusion holding me back from using them.

    Thank you.

    Dictionary.com | Find the Meanings and Definitions of Words at

    you can look them up here, I found them there. This dictionary, as many others, is fantastic because it gives you a lot of information.
    Last edited by elhithebest; 21-Jun-2010 at 02:02.

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    Re: exceptable and addable

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    How much better? I'm using The New Oxford English Dictionary and 'addable' is not in there. I know the word exists - well, actually, I'll confess and say I wasn't totally sure whether the word existed until I checked. Even so, can you give an example of its use? I only ever see 'can be added' (and then very rarely) in the financial statements I proofread.

    Oh, and another possibility for 'exceptable': 'acceptable'
    Why don't you try Merriam-Webster's dictionary or Encatra, the miracle.
    Where I work, Oxford is only recommended for ...
    Please Google it to find about 39,100 results.
    Bye,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    How much better? I'm using The New Oxford English Dictionary and 'addable' is not in there.
    With all due respect, just because a word cannot be found in a dictionary, does it necessarily mean it cannot exist? Unfortunately I am not a native English speaker , but "addable" seems absolutely plausible to me. I did a search, and my initial thought proved to be right:

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary : "addable "

    Addable is also mentioned in TheFreeDictionary

    I should stress that I'm not questioning your opinion. I only wanted to say that dictionaries are not the only sources; one can use his/her creativity.

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    Even so, can you give an example of its use?
    How about "addable value(s)"? Granted, it doesn't sound too natural even to me, but I think it's acceptable.

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    Re: exceptable and addable

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    How much better? I'm using The New Oxford English Dictionary and 'addable' is not in there. I know the word exists - well, actually, I'll confess and say I wasn't totally sure whether the word existed until I checked. Even so, can you give an example of its use? I only ever see 'can be added' (and then very rarely) in the financial statements I proofread.

    Oh, and another possibility for 'exceptable': 'acceptable'
    What about the 20 volume Oxford English Dictionary ?
    Or their online version ?
    (I didn't check, I don't have access to it, do you?)

    If addable is to mean "which can be added" it is very easy to find examples:
    1- "In order to be addable, two matrices must have the same number of columns and rows."
    2 - "Be careful when adding series of real numbers, namely, if they do not converge they are not addable."

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    Re: exceptable and addable

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    I know the word exists - well, actually, I'll confess and say I wasn't totally sure whether the word existed until I checked.
    That's me, folks! There's no need to tell me the word exists when I acknowledged that it does in my first post. Yes, I looked at more than one dictionary online and indeed it was there. The point I was making was, it is very rarely used and a meagre 39,100 hits on google illustrate this.

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    Re: exceptable and addable

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    If they are not in the dictionary they don't exist.
    That might be good advice for learners, and a good rule of thumb for all of us. But it's not actually true.

    Here's how dictionaries are made. Lexicographers go into the community and find out what words are being used. If the usage of a certain word passes their editorial criteria, it goes into the dictionary.
    So, words must exist before they appear in a dictionary.

    Also, the correct definition of "the dictionary" is problematic, as we've seen.

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