Why is eighteen spelled with one t?
Why is eighteen spelled with one t and not two? I was in my english class and we were given a quiz on how to spell words and this one was one of them. We were advised when two words (or parts of words) are joined to form a single word, and the first part ends with the same consonant that the second part begins with, keep both consonants.
- Must have been decided by an accountant who didn't want to waste letters ...00
- Probably an exception.00
- "Eighteen" is not a joining of two words. I suppose you might think it's a join of eight and teen, but it's not. The word teen is actually derived from the "teen" numbers. Basically, for the "teen" numbers, they're not trying to join teen and the number; they're simply trying to get the "teen" at the end of the number. Since "eight" already ends in a 't', it would be redundant to add another 't'. However, numbers like "six" don't end in a 't', so they need it added (sixTeen).10
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