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    Void

    Void is the word but is there any word like "Voidation" or "Voided"?.

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    Re: Void

    "Voided" exists, at least in retail. "To void a sale" means that you cancel a previously-done sale on a till so we can say "I voided that sale because the lady decided she didn't want the bar of chocolate". It's the past simple.

    "Voidation" doesn't work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Void

    If you need a noun, you can use 'voiding'. "After the voiding of the sale, I put the chocolate bar back on the shelf."

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    Re: Void

    ... though I'd prefer "After the voiding of the sale" {so long as I was the one doing the voiding}.

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    Re: Void

    But that's not a noun, is it? What's the point of saying that 'voiding' (instead of 'voidation') can be used as the noun form of void, and then giving an example that uses 'voiding' as something else?

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    Re: Void

    Do lighten up. By adding information I'm not trying to usurp your position (whatever that is]. Sometimes, when a student asks a question, a decent teacher doesn't feel hidebound by the precise terms of the question.

    To answer your question.... The point is this: I'm suggesting that it's a good idea, if you want to write clearly, to avoid creating abstract nouns when you don't need to. (I can look up the research if you really want, but it's a commonplace of technical writing that people take longer to process - and are more likely to misinterpret - sentences containing unnecessary abstract nouns. I had the research at my fingertips in the mid '80s, but for the last thirty-odd years I've just known it and acted accordingly).

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