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dependant vs. dependent

Cheeks

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dependant vs. dependent
« on: August 06, 2004, 07:14:13 AM »
english majors???? help...

if i am reliant upon someone, which one am I?  I was dependant? or dependent? 

Thanks for any help

jgruber

Re: dependant vs. dependent
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2004, 07:17:46 AM »

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Re: dependant vs. dependent
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2004, 07:19:31 AM »
haha ... thanks jeff (but I already checked that)

it only says dependant is a variant of dependent, which isn't terribly helpful. hmmm

Re: dependant vs. dependent
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2004, 07:22:35 AM »
i think its dependant, if you are a dependant of your parents.  and dependent if you depend on your girlfriend, or whatever.  but i could be wrong.

buster

Re: dependant vs. dependent
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2004, 07:23:40 AM »
That suggests to me that they're interchangeable.

haha ... thanks jeff (but I ready check that)

it only says dependant is a variant of dependent, which isn't terribly helpful. hmmm

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Re: dependant vs. dependent
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2004, 07:25:56 AM »
thank you   ;D

jgruber

Re: dependant vs. dependent
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2004, 07:31:31 AM »
The standard spelling I learned was dependent

I never knew that dependant was acceptable.  I guess I should pay more attention to the dictionary.

buster

Re: dependant vs. dependent
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2004, 07:32:21 AM »
I'm with you on that.

The standard spelling I learned was dependent

I never knew that dependant was acceptable.  I guess I should pay more attention to the dictionary.

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Re: dependant vs. dependent
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2004, 07:33:11 AM »
i think its dependant, if you are a dependant of your parents.  and dependent if you depend on your girlfriend, or whatever.  but i could be wrong.

Actually, this is what I initially thought.  agrr

jgruber

Re: dependant vs. dependent
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2004, 07:34:51 AM »
I wonder how many words got alternative spellings because too many people misspelled it.