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 UWA week 20 (1st semester, week 11) ↓
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6:51pm Sat 21st May, ANONYMOUS

Hi Michael, Given that 'Roo is counted as a word even though it does not satisfy the definition of a simple word (sequence of one or more alphabetic characters), and pain'-killin is counted as a word, contraction and compound word even though it satisfies none of the three definitions, could I kindly request that you update the project brief to include all accepted exceptions to the word definitions? That way, we can safely assume that whatever is written on the project brief is correct and complete. As an aside, if 'Roo is counted as a word, does <word>- or -<word> count as words as well? Thank you


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8:57am Mon 23rd May, Michael W.

Hi, Similarly to contractions (possessives), a compound word must have hyphen between two simple words. (Remember, simple word can have only one letter.) As for having it in the spec, I think (hope) you'll find that they are already in the definitions in the. The only extension of the spec is the situation of '- as in pickin'-up, which is both a contraction and and a compound word. Bottom line, if it's not in the spec, it's not to be counted. Cheers MichaelW

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