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12:11 Jul 5, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: dialog or dialogue?
Can both spellings be used, or is one better than the other?

Thanks for your help!

Anne
anne_key
Local time: 00:50
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Summary of answers provided
nadialogueoudghiri
naSee belowDan McCrosky
naDepends on US or UK EnglishWilliam Scheckel
nadialogue - British, dialog - American EnglishTadej Gregorcic


  

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8 mins
dialogue - British, dialog - American English


Explanation:
I prefer dialogue, but if the target language is American English, dialog is better

Tadej Gregorcic
Native speaker of: Native in SlovenianSlovenian
PRO pts in pair: 12
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2 hrs
Depends on US or UK English


Explanation:
Dialog is American English. Dialogue is British (the Brits really like their U's!). One or the other is better depending on which variant of English the text is in. HTH, Will

William Scheckel
Local time: 01:50
PRO pts in pair: 139
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4 hrs
See below


Explanation:
NODE (1998) shows "dialog box" as preferred for both American and British English with "dialogue box" as second. -

They turn right around, show "dialogue" alone as preferred, and "dialog" as second and only for the US. - In this case, my Webster's New Encyclopedic (admittedly no longer "New" 1993) agrees. -

NODE also shows the same spelling for "catalogue" with "catalog" in second place and only for the US. - Webster's shows "catalog" first and "catalogue" second. -

For some strange reason "monologue" has only one spelling in NODE but Webster's shows both with "monologue" first.

It is no wonder people say basic English is easy but advanced English is impossible. - HTH - Dan


Dan McCrosky
Local time: 01:50
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1541
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3 days 7 hrs
dialogue


Explanation:
Dear Anne,

As an American, dialog looks odd to me!
We Americans can spell too!

Cindy

oudghiri
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