Is it kidnapped or kidnaped?

Is it kidnapped or kidnaped? When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘worshipped/worshiped’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. This tip answers some of those queries. The official requirements are that we ‘double a single consonant letter at the end of any base where the preceding vowel… Read more »

Is it worshipped or worshiped?

Is it worshipped or worshiped? When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘worshipped/worshiped’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. This tip answers some of those queries. The official requirements are that we ‘double a single consonant letter at the end of any base where the preceding vowel… Read more »

Is it unparallelled or unparalleled?

Is it unparallelled or unparalleled? When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘unparallelled/unparalleled’, ‘benefitted/benefited’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. This tip answers some of those queries. The official requirements are that we ‘double a single consonant letter at the end of any base where the preceding… Read more »

Is it travelled or traveled?

Is it travelled or traveled? When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘travelled/traveled’, ‘benefitted/benefited’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. This tip answers some of those queries. The official requirements are that we ‘double a single consonant letter at the end of any base where the preceding… Read more »

Is it targetted or targeted?

Is it targetted or targeted? When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘targetted/targeted’, ‘benefitted/benefited’ and ‘focussed/focused’. This tip answers some of those queries. The official requirements are that we ‘double a single consonant letter at the end of any base where the preceding vowel… Read more »

Is it reiterate or iterate?

Is it reiterate or iterate? Many dictionaries are now listing both of these words. The form ‘reiterate’ is most commonly heard in everyday speech, but crept into the language through what’s known as hypercorrection: correcting something which is already right. ‘Iterate’, on its own, already means ‘to say or perform again/repeat something’. However, many people… Read more »

Is it post code or postcode?

Is it post code or postcode? Future Perfect liaises with Royal Mail and BT (as well as Ofcom and other such bodies) to ensure that its information is both accurate and regularly updated. The Royal Mail uses this as one word, although it is clearly derived from ‘a code which directs the post’. We should, therefore, write this as… Read more »

Is it on-going or ongoing?

Is it on-going or ongoing? The required spelling here is ‘ongoing’. It means ‘progressing’, ‘continuing’ or ‘evolving’. We often see phrases like these: This is an ongoing project. This is an ongoing problem. The ongoing issue cannot be resolved easily. More often, though, text is peppered with inconsistent use: ‘ongoing’ this and ‘on-going’ that. This… Read more »

Is it handicapped or handicaped?

Is it handicapped or handicaped? When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘handicapped/handicaped’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. This tip answers some of those queries. The official requirements are that we ‘double a single consonant letter at the end of any base where the preceding vowel… Read more »

Is it focussed or focused?

Is it focussed or focused? When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘focussed/focused’, ‘benefitted/benefited’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. This tip answers some of those queries. The official requirements are that we ‘double a single consonant letter at the end of any base where the preceding vowel… Read more »