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Thread: Center?

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    #1

    Center?

    I am Italian and therefore I think the it. word "centro" in English should be written this way: "centre" (UK)
    as from etymology (centrum), rater than "center" (US). So, I wonder why do not Americans write, in the same way, "centeral" to mean "central"?

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    #2

    Re: Center?

    We put the e before the r to match our pronunciation of the word. There's no vowel sound between the t and the r in "central", so we don't add one.
    I am not a teacher.

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