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    Problems with typo when words are changing

    Hi,

    I'm not that sure how to approach that issue:
    Some words which are changing do often have typos when I write them.
    Like:
    argue => arguing
    travel => travelling
    change => changing

    Are there rules for it?
    I guess it would help if I know them .. how do you call this? What do I have to search for?

    Thank you in advance
    Bye, Chris

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    Re: Problems with typo when words are changing

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris8080 View Post
    Hi,

    I'm not that sure how to approach that issue:
    Some words which are changing do often have typos when I write them.
    Like:
    argue => arguing
    travel => travelling
    change => changing

    Are there rules for it?
    I guess it would help if I know them .. how do you call this? What do I have to search for?

    Thank you in advance
    Bye, Chris
    With things like this, all you can really do is learn the rules. For example (as you have shown), learn that when you turn a verb that ends in an "e" into a gerund, then you remove the "e".

    You have to be careful with words like "travelling". You have spelt it correctly in BrE, but in AmE, it's "traveling".

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    Re: Problems with typo when words are changing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ..turn a verb that ends in an "e" into a gerund, then you remove the "e"...
    That's good .. can I really generalize it here?
    We have many exceptions in German .. so I'm sometimes unsure whether I may gerneralize or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You have to be careful with words like "travelling". You have spelt it correctly in BrE, but in AmE, it's "traveling".
    Oh .. that's just fine :)
    We only learned the BrE typo in school (colour, ...)

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    Re: Problems with typo when words are changing

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris8080 View Post
    That's good .. can I really generalize it here?
    We have many exceptions in German .. so I'm sometimes unsure whether I may gerneralize or not.


    Oh .. that's just fine :)
    We only learned the BrE typo in school (colour, ...)
    Well, almost all rules have exceptions, but it's easiest to learn the rule and then try to memorise the exceptions!

    When you say "typo", what do you mean? In BrE at least, it's a contraction of "typographical error", meaning that something is spelt wrongly when typed. Did you mean "We only learned the BrE spelling"?

    Although you've used "colour" and "travelling" (both BrE), you have used "generalize" which is AmE! In BrE, it's "generalise".

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    Re: Problems with typo when words are changing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    When you say "typo", what do you mean? In BrE at least, it's a contraction of "typographical error", meaning that something is spelt wrongly when typed. Did you mean "We only learned the BrE spelling"?
    I meant the misspelling of a word.
    Yes, I guess we only learned the BrE spelling in school.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Although you've used "colour" and "travelling" (both BrE), you have used "generalize" which is AmE! In BrE, it's "generalise".
    And here you see what happens to the school education if you mix it up with the real world ;)
    I didn't even notice, but now that you wrote it .. I guess I was used to generalise more than 10 years ago :-S

    Too bad. But hopefully just a bad style and still everybody can understand me.

    Do you have a resource with a list of the most often applied rules?
    (Don't need to learn 837 rules for not using 80% of them ;) )

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