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 TIP #143   This tip was sent on the week: 16th - 22th Dec, 2007

Features That Set Our Dictionaries Apart

This Tip applies to the following products: Word Magic Dictionary & Tools

Are our dictionaries actually different?

Just one feature is enough to distinguish a product from other products. Nevertheless, our Word Magic Dictionary & Tools not only has one, but many of them.

Did you know, for example, that you can type conjugated words in the Entry Box, and the dictionary will recognize them and even indicate the type of conjugation they present? For example, you can look up “gatas” and the dictionary display will give you:

  1. Plural of “gata” (lifting jack, gata de alzar)
  2. Plural and femenine of “gato” (cat, felino )
  3. Plural and femenine of “gato” (servant, sirviente)

Try this out using other dictionaries, and you’ll see that the term “gatas” is found in none of them. For these dictionaries, “gato” exists, but not “gatas”.

Perhaps with such a simple word this valuable feature cannot be duly appreciated in its true dimension, but, what if you find a harder word such as “espitas”? If you look this word up in a “regular”dictionary, you will get: “Word not found”. What should you do?

You will have to “venture a guess” that “espitas” is, perhaps, a conjugated word, and then guess again that, maybe, the original word is “espito,” and that “espitas” is the plural femenine of “espito”…supposing, moreover, that it is a noun, something you don’t really know for sure at this point.

Then, you look up “espito” in your dictionary, and…the message “Word not found” turns up again!

But if you have our Word Magic Dictionary & Tools, you can type in “espitas” as is, and you will get the following display:

Plural of espita “spigot (grifo o llave)”

Present indicative, 2nd person singular, of the transitive verb “espitar” (put a spigot on)

In other words, it turned out that “espitas” was not only a femenine noun, but also a verb conjugated in the present indicative, 2nd person singular.

Word Magic Dictionary & Tools not only de-conjugates nouns and adjectives to their true root, but also verbs, which makes it an invaluable and peerless tool in the world of software.

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