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Grammar, Punctuation, Word comparisons

Note 171 – Is the spelling focussed or focused?


Is it focussed or focused?  A work colleague asked me how to spell this word today and I had to look it up.  The Colllins English dictionary and Merriam Webster‘s website indicated that both spellings were correct.  I decided to Google it to find out which is preferred.

Future-perfect.co.uk says “This word [focussed or focused] can take either double or single s, with the single option being highly preferred”.  A senior member of the Word Reference Forum wrote that they prefer to use focused because it follows the ‘stress-based rule’.  The future-perfect site also mention this rule and suggest that if the stress is not on the preceeding vowel (as in focused) then there is no doubling i.e. it has a single s. The same applies to the words focussing and focusing.

Here are some examples of other words:

  • Entered has no stress on the preceeding e, therefore entered has only one r.
  • The vowel u is stressed in occurred and therefore it has a double r.

Why no try this rule on a few other words and drop me a comment.

My thoughts:  Although either can be used, I think I’m going to use focused from now on.

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Until tomorrow…

Sandra
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Reference list:

Merriam Webster Dictionary – http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/focussing

Future perfect website – http://www.future-perfect.co.uk/grammartips/grammar-tip-focussed-focused.asp

Word Reference – http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=3458

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