19 Answered Questions for the topic orthography


Why/When need some kind of short spelling or pronunciation?

In regular usage, nowadays we use short spellings of words in speaking or writing. For example: - They are in the cinema. => They're in the cinema. - We have been waiting for me. => We've... more


What is the best way to explain how to choose between "its" and "it's"?

Probably one of the most frequent grammar mistakes in the English language is: > The dog sat on it's mat. Since spelling checkers don't catch it, and it is even logical, since you would... more


What is the best way to explain how to choose between "its" and "it's"?

Probably one of the most frequent grammar mistakes in the English language is:> The dog sat on it's mat.Since spelling checkers don't catch it, and it is even logical, since you would correctly... more


Is there an apostrophe in a master's degree?

The question asks it all really. When referring to a master's degree, do you use an apostrophe or not? That is, is it "a master's" or "a masters"?
Orthography Grammar Japanese


Why are equal signs used to substitute an English hyphen?

I was reading an article about Idlib and the groups that were there on Wikipedia, and hovered to the language setting to gloss at the title translations. For Japanese, I saw something unusual in... more


My Swift and my Armour' from Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"?

> 'If you have to go away,' she said, 'is it absolutely necessary to kill off everything you leave behind? I mean do you have to take away everything? Do you have to kill your horse, and your... more
Orthography Vocabulary Korean


-럽다 vs -롭다 Suffix Spelling?

Many adjectives end in -럽다 and -롭다, but is there any rhyme or reason when which spelling is used? Is there a difference in meaning or some phonetic pattern? I always seem to spell these wrong, so... more


How to spot English loanwords and Hanja words in a text?

While studying Japanese, it's very helpful that nearly all words of foreign origin are marked by using katakana (a syllabary separate from the usual mix of hiragana and Chinese characters) and... more


Chronology of orthography before and after the separation of North and South Korea?

In another question somme difference in orthography between North and South Korea was treated. But more precisely which are the chronology of orthography in Korean before the separation in the... more
Orthography Arabic Written Language


Mostly Arabic text with some English?

I was asked to help proofread an Arabic language (right-to-left) flyer with some English (left-to-right) text:Right now it reads:**بطاقة المساعدة الغذائية مقبولة من Local Farm Market** اسواق... more
Orthography Arabic Etymology Hebrew


Is there any etymological motivation for “I-slam”, “I-srael”, “Mu-slim” and “I-smael”?

**Background**Looking at old German orthographies, the long-s (ſ) spelling of the following five words (and I have not found any others so far) contradicts the spelling systematics of all other... more
Orthography Reading Spelling Phonology


How is popular/useful Onset Rime word splitting during initial Phonological Awareness training?

We know that English doesn't have regular orthography and all spelling reforms was failed.I am surprised by learning methodology on reading/spelling with using onset / rime word splitting.From... more


Is this letter ق pronounced almost same in Arabic and Persian?

In Persian langauge there are two letters which have same pronounciation when spelled with vowels, they are غ andق, in Arabic there is aslo a 'ق', i want to know do the two 'ق' have the same or... more


How to write out dates correctly?

I have a document dated 05/05/2012. What should I say? > * Based on the document from 05 May. * Based on the document from 5th May. * Based on the document from 05 of May.

Parenthetical pluralization of words ending in '-y'?

Sentences constructed with a word written in the singular and parenthetically in the plural are straightforward when that word does not end in *-y*, e.g.:> List all applicable... more


When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen?

I generally know how to use a hyphen, but when should I use an en-dash instead of an em-dash, or when should I use a hyphen instead of an em-dash?


Where to insert comma(s)?

Compare these: > 1. She tried, and, as expected, failed. 2. She tried, and as expected, failed. 3. She tried and, as expected, failed. 4. She tried and as expected, failed. 5. She tried and (as... more


What's the negation of "I used to be"? Surely not "I didn't used to be"?

What is the negative form of *"I used to be"*? I often hear *"I didn't used to be"* but that sounds awfully wrong in my ears.
Orthography English Writing Period


Does the abbreviation for Saint in a church name require a period?

In referring to a local church, does the name "St Giles" require a period after the "St"? I was told that to add a period confuses it with the abbreviation for street.

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