Yes, yes, I know it’s not a ‘real’ word 🙂

Anniversary writers: would you join the b or not? I know that it’s joined to brief forms when the join is straightforward (considerable: c-s-b), but the f-b of n-f-b could be confused for something else.
Is there a rule for awkward joins after brief forms? Do they default to disjoined?

(by kevinwal for everyone)

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  1. Personally, I would join them. I don't think that the Gregg system considers this to be an awkward join. The word "everybody" is written [e-v-b-o], where the v and the b are joined. You also have all those "have been" phrases where the v and the b are joined. Besides, you need [n-f b] for influencibility (also not a word).

  2. Hi tayiyi,   Thanks for your replies.   I was probably thinking that n-f-b could be mistaken for n-v-b. You're right – it's not a difficult join .    But my real question was about brief-form derivatives, I suppose. And now that I've fished out my Anniversary manual, I see there's a section (para 186) on it. Time to revise…   BTW, I've just discovered (to my surprise) that 'influenceable' is a word! It's right there in my Oxford English Dictionary.  No 'influenceability' though, so I don't think I'll ever need n-f-disjoined b…   🙂

  3. Both "influenceable" and "influenceability" are words.   With respect to n-f-b vs n-v-b, the difference is in length.  n-f-b ends on the middle of the space, while n-v-b ends two lines below.   The -ble is disjoined if the brief form ends in a vowel: credible, callable, likeable, mailable, movable (paragraph 127).

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