[LMB] words again

Karen Hunt huntkc at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 20:27:04 BST 2012


On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM, BJ van Look <vanlook at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> So, is the wierdness of the Double L an peculiarity of the common language divide?
>

It is a known difference in the spelling rules for British English and
American English.  Roughly, in British English, you double final
single consonants when you add -ed and -ing and other such suffixes
pretty much all the time.  In American English, you only do so if the
final syllable was stressed.

A classic word for comparing is traveled (usian) versus travelled (brittian)

Karen Hunt


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