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    Adjectives ending -ic & -ical

    Instructor,

    What are the rules to distinguish, when we need to use ic or ical.

    Please let me know

    Thanks


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    Re: Adjectives ending -ic & -ical

    well i dont know another one but you cannot add ic at the of a word on the other hand ical is to create an adjective for ex: technical error


    take care


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    Re: Adjectives ending -ic & -ical

    Quote Originally Posted by silgab View Post
    Instructor,

    What are the rules to distinguish, when we need to use ic or ical.

    Please let me know

    Thanks
    Welcome to the forums.

    “ic” (roughly) corresponds to “having the quality or essence of” while “ical” (again roughly) corresponds to “of or relating to”, like classic/classical or historic/historical.

    Here is an explanation: -ic, -ical. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993

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