Re: Electric vs. electrical

Subject: Re: Electric vs. electrical
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:03:43 -0500

On Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:57:36 -0500, Dave C <davec2468 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

A friend and I are having a polite disagreement about these 2 terms.

The phrase I've written is "electric and electronic repair". He says that it should be "electrical and electronic repair".

I say that the "ic" ending of the terms makes them parallel whereas the "al" on one destroys this parallelism.

I'm not sure I understand why, but in this instance I feel that electrical is correct. Perhaps this example will help: The term "electrical engineering" is correct whereas "electric engineering" is not.

English is twisty and irregular; you cannot expect parallelism everywhere, and there is no word electronical, thank goodness.

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