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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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