Google search problems - spelling gets changed
Thread poster: Lori Cirefice

Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 08:29
French to English
Nov 9, 2009

Try searching this string on google, and tell me if the same thing happens to you:

"détails de principe"principle

I often do this kind of search with both source/target words in hopes of finding bilingual docs that contain the expression I'm looking for.

Lately, I have noticed that google tries to "correct" my spelling. The above search string somehow gets changed to:

"détails de principe"principal (correct French spelling but not what I wanted)

I tried retyping the string exactly the way I wanted it in the advanced search box, but STILL, google only gives me results with "principal". This is not the same as the "did you meant to search for XXX" feature, here I have no choice and can't get it to search for what I want.

Is there some setting I should be aware of to avoid this helpful feature? Has anyone else noticed it recently?


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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 09:29
Member (2005)
English to Russian
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Use the plus operator Nov 9, 2009

Use a plus (+) before principle.

Example
http://tinyurl.com/ylzx534
The search string looks like this:
"détails de principe" +principle

[Edited at 2009-11-09 20:54 GMT]


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Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 08:29
French to English
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thanks Nov 9, 2009

maybe ... there just weren't any hits for what I was searching for

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James McVay  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:29
Russian to English
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Or use quotation marks . . . Nov 9, 2009

Mikhail Kropotov wrote:

Use a plus (+) before principle.



. . . when you want the search to be limited to a specific spelling. I put quotation marks around "principle" and only your forum posting was found.


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Anna Haxen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 08:29
Member (2005)
English to Danish
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Use - (minus) Nov 9, 2009

I frequently have the same problem. If you write -principal (as well as the term you want to search for), all pages with the word principal are left out.

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 09:29
Turkish to English
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Agree Nov 10, 2009

James McVay wrote:

Mikhail Kropotov wrote:

Use a plus (+) before principle.



. . . when you want the search to be limited to a specific spelling. I put quotation marks around "principle" and only your forum posting was found.


I have found that this works.


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