Re: proper terms/usage

Subject: Re: proper terms/usage
From: Milan Davidovic <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TechWhirl List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 16:22:04 -0400

On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM, Spectrum Writing<SpectrumWriting -at- q -dot- com> wrote:
> I am playing Switzerland in this one between two SMEs - SME #1 provides me
> all edits with the phrase "electric current" and SME #2 provides me edits
> with the phrase "electrical current"

If they are interchangeable, then perhaps you could choose based on
frequency. Online corpora would be helpful for determining that. I
consulted three that were in easy reach (offered only as an example,
not necessarily as the ones you’d want to use):

Corpus of Contemporary American English (
electric current: 237
electrical current: 140

British National Corpus (
electric current: 68
electrical current: 23

Time Magazine corpus (
electric current: 202
electrical current: 40

Hope that helps...

Milan Davidovic

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