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    Question question of -ible and -able

    Why permissable is not correct spelling?

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    It is possible that Permissible is spelt this way rather than any other because of the random nature of some English spellings. In the 1500s there was a push mainly by government-led scriveners to decide upon spelling. The decisions these men made were, in some cases, arbitrary. This may be one reason why sometimes the logic of English escapes us.

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    Re: question of -ible and -able

    Quote Originally Posted by cgsunny View Post
    Why permissable is not correct spelling?
    Welcome!
    Your sentence grammar is not correct. 'Why is permissable not correct spelling?' is correct.
    In an English question, generally all the question words have to come first in the question sentence.
    Is permissable not correct spelling?
    Why is permissable not correct spelling?

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    Re: question of -ible and -able

    Thanks to Mr. Micawber, I now know of this site: Spelling: Suffixes -ible and -able

    I find the article to be missing from either sentence, by the way.
    Why is this not THE correct spelling.

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    Re: question of -ible and -able

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Thanks to Mr. Micawber, I now know of this site: Spelling: Suffixes -ible and -able

    I find the article to be missing from either sentence, by the way.
    Why is this not THE correct spelling.
    You have changed the sentence from 'Why is permissable not correct spelling?'
    I think "the" is optional, at least in the "permissable" sentence.
    Last edited by 2006; 26-Feb-2008 at 23:46.

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    Re: question of -ible and -able

    Really? I think it requires the article. I read "spelling" as the noun. You must see it as an activity.

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    Re: question of -ible and -able

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Really? I think it requires the article. I read "spelling" as the noun. You must see it as an activity.
    No, I also consider "spelling" as a noun. Consider this conversation, in explanation of how I read the role of "the".

    Is permissable correct or not correct spelling?
    Not correct.
    (Why)(How) is permissible not correct spelling?

    I am interested to know other people's opinions.

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