When double “l” is considered American English?

I’m struggling with “enroll” and “enrollment”. Both answers (this one and this one), given to this question, as well as Wikipedia seems to be suggesting, that double “l” is more common in British English, while single “l” in American English. However, on contrary to above, when browsing grammarist.com or Longman I can clearly see, that … Read more

“Godness” vs. “goddess”

I’ve noticed people use (in speech) the word godness for “feminine god”, e.g.: Oh my godness! However, in classic texts it is goddess, e.g. Shakespeare’s “King Lear”: Hear, nature, hear; dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend To make this creature fruitful! Into her womb convey sterility! It is my understanding that … Read more

Is it spelled “propeling” or “propelling” in American English?

Since travel becomes traveler and traveling in AmE (no double l), I thought that the same rule applied to propel. However, reading and writing propeling feels awkward. (And propeler feels even more awkward…) What is the correct spelling in American English? (Google seems to definitely favors propelling, but I thought it best to ask the … Read more

For the verb ‘focus’ why is the gerund form ‘focusing’ with a single S, instead of ‘focussing’ with a double S? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 8 years ago. Possible Duplicate: “Focussed” or “focused”? The double consonant The rule that I learned was that when you have a short vowel in the last syllable, you double the last consonant before adding the ending. Thus “cut” becomes “cutting”, or “beget” becomes “begetting”. According to this … Read more

Why is shippable spelled with 2 p’s [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 10 years ago. Possible Duplicate: What is the correct spelling: wrapable, or wrappable? My mother “corrected” me and said “shouldn’t shippable be spelled as shipable”? My gut feeling said two p’s, but I couldn’t think of a reason why. So I googled it and it is spelled with … Read more

Can a plosive consonant in a word be pronounced as an unreleased consonant?

ESL teachers always tell people to suppress the normal release of the consonant “p b k g t d” if it’s at the end of a word and the next word also begins with a consonant. But what about words with a doubled consonant in them? Like accent, technology, do you produce the /k/ sound? … Read more

Australian English: developed or developped?

According to https://proofreadmydocument.com.au/writing-tips/spelling-tips-the-doubling-up-rule/ and https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/resources/view/resource/20/, we should spell the past participle of “develop” as “developed”, and the present particple as “developing” (mult-syllable, unstressed final syllable of the stem). Goolge prefers it, too. Still, it provides us with over 23800 references for site:.au “developped” Are they all wrong? As for Bing, site:.au “developed” and site:.au “developped” … Read more