Language tip of the week: develop

Posted by on May 03, 2012

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English (e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc) which learners often find difficult. This week’s language tip is about how to spell the inflections of develop.

Don’t write the -ed and -ing forms of develop with a double ‘p’. The correct spellings are developed and developing:
We live in a world where everything is developping rapidly.
We live in a world where everything is developing rapidly.

Don’t spell develop with a final ‘e’ (or development with an ‘e’ in the middle):
As technology developes, we may find better solutions to diseases such as AIDS.
As technology develops, we may find better solutions to diseases such as AIDS.

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