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Compound Confusables: One Word or Two?

By April 25, 2011

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Today we'll look at ten examples of compound confusables: words that mean one thing when written as a single word and something a bit different when written as two words.

For additional examples and practice exercises, follow the links to our Glossary of Usage: Index of Commonly Confused Words.

For the complete article, go to Commonly Confused Words: Compound Confusables.


May 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm
(1) Art says:

I believe there are many words that should change their part of speech depending on whether they are one word or two. For example, login can be an adjective when spelled as one word or a verb when spelled as two: go to the login page if you want to log in. Setup is similar in that it can be a noun when spelled as one word or a verb when spelled as two: the buffet table has a nice setup. It must have taken some effort to set up.

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