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Re: Spelling changes

From: Giovanni Campagna <scampa.giovanni@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 17:20:48 +0200
Message-ID: <65307430906080820n400b0d87pff824efc1859bb89@mail.gmail.com>
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Cc: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>, www-archive@w3.org, fantasai@inkedblade.net
2009/6/8 L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>:
> On Monday 2009-06-08 16:37 +0200, Giovanni Campagna wrote:
>> 2009/6/8 L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>:
>> > On Monday 2009-06-08 16:28 +0200, Giovanni Campagna wrote:
>> >> That diff file includes changing "paddings" into "puddings" (the first
>> >> difference)
>> >
>> > Oops, thanks.  I meant to change both occurrences of "paddings" to
>> > "padding".  Here's a corrected diff.
>>
>> Actually, why do you want that?
>> It is not correct to say "padding are" (singular noun, plural verb),
>> so either "padding is" or "paddings are". Paddings are two, top and
>> bottom, so IMO "paddings" was correct.
>
> I think the correct plural of "padding" (at least in the normal
> English sense) is "padding" (since it's a mass noun, see
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_noun ), and that's what we use
> elsewhere in the spec.

This would mean that it's a singular noun, and thus you must say
"padding is" (like "milk is", not "milk are")

> Thus the following two are equivalent
>  "left padding and right padding are"
>  "left and right padding are"

I'm not sure, because you mean two different paddings (the left one
and the top one). Maybe "left and rigth padding is" is the correct
form (you have one subject, instead of two)

> -David
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Giovanni
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