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This is my revision to my earlier question, please proofread.

Often, the dictionaries are wrong about this, in fact by putting one word first; they are supporting a self fulfilling prophecy. Consider the entry, "ax or axe", which appears with the two words in that order, in five of my seven dictionaries. If we are all taught to be using the first spelling, and if all of them put the same spelling first; the the first spelling is bound to occur more often.

Thank you,
Robin

  • English-Ms Sue -

    Often, the dictionaries are wrong about this, in fact by putting one word first; they are supporting a self fulfilling prophecy.

    A period should follow "this." A comma should follow "first."

    Consider the entry, "ax or axe", which appears with the two words in that order, in five of my seven dictionaries.

    No comma after "order."

    If we are all taught to be using the first spelling, and if all of them put the same spelling first; the the first spelling is bound to occur more often.

    Unclear antecedent for "them." Comma after "first." Then the . . .

  • English-Ms Sue -

    Often, however, the dictionaries are wrong about this. In fact, by putting one word first; they are supporting a self fulfilling prophecy. Consider the entry, "ax or axe", which appears with the two words in that order, in five of my seven dictionaries. If we are all taught to be using the first spelling, and if all of them put the same spelling first, then the first, spelling is bound to occur more often.

    Does this look correct with what you suggested?

    Thank you,
    Robin

  • English-Ms Sue -

    Yes.

    However, since the antecedent of "them" is unclear, change "of them" to "dictionaries."

  • English-Ms Sue -

    Thank you

  • English-Ms Sue -

    You're welcome.

  • English-Ms Sue -

    Can you help me with this paragraph.

    Web searches can easily verify this. Try this, usa a database of news sources like Google News,in order to get a lower number of irrelevant results, like pages about the pianist, Emmanuel Ax, and the retailer A/X Armani Exchange, than using regular google. If you type each of the variants into the search window, you'll find that about three times more articles containing, "ax" that contain "axe".

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