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Pter:Is it correct to use resent when you mean re-sent?
I can't find the word resend in Oxford Advanced Learner, Cambridge Advanced Learner, Collins Cobuild, Longman and Macmillan, though I can find it in Merriam-Webster and OED.
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PterIs it correct to use resent when you mean re-sent?Not in my opinion. I once actually got an e-mail from a co-worker that began, "I resent your message", and let me tell you, my blood started to boil before I realized (after reading further) what he had meant.
Anonymous:Could try other ones such as resubmitted (Adj) / revised (Adj) paper, or resubmit (V) / revise (V) instead?
Anonymous:It was one of the issues I encountered when I was just beginning to learn English. It is, actually, my fifth language, and yet, it is my favorite, I like it even more than my native language. It is simultaneously beautiful and simple. By calling it simple, I mean that it only takes some very basic knowledge and small vocabulary to be able to communicate on a conversational level. Its complexity reveals itself in situations, like the one you have described (and this is one of the least complex issues). I was writing an email to my fiancee, who is now my wife of 15 years; and one of my sentences involved the word "resend/re-send" in the past tense.
There is no consensus on the proper spelling of the word "resend/re-send" among the linguists even now, when the word is becoming more and more common in text messages, emails, Tweeter, and other forms of written communication. However, back in those days electronic mail was new to many people; and my pedantic personality demanded double-checking of every single sentence. This is when "resent" caught my attention. It didn't even occur to me at that time to simply hyphenate it, and I, as an obsessive-compulsive type, had to reword an entire paragraph because of it.
It is issues like this one that make English so attractive to me, because they compel me to do research and learn, both of which I just love doing! I can spend hours studying various aspects of this wonderfully beautiful and unique language.
As to the correct spelling of the word "re-sent", the consensus does exist. It must be spelled just like that – hyphenated... Unless you are trying to convey RESENTMENT...
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