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Rule "Oxford spelling of 'gram' (not 'gramme')"

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Description: Oxford spelling of 'gram' (not 'gramme')
Message: Oxford Manual of Style, 2002, gives 'gram' as the preferred spelling of these: gram, kilogram, and other units of measurement. Also, UK Weights and Measures Act 1985, section 92 shows that both 'gram' and 'gramme' are permitted in British English, and this spelling is applicable to other units that are compounds of 'gram'. Use \1.
Category: British English, Oxford spelling (~iz~ not ~is~) (ID: BRE_STYLE_OXFORD_SPELLING)
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • Use 3 milligrammes of surfactant.
    Correction suggestion: milligrams
  • The weight must be less than 1 gramme.
    Correction suggestion: gram
  • The weight must be more than 20 kilogrammes.
    Correction suggestion: kilograms
  • One yottagramme is a lotta grams!
    Correction suggestion: yottagram
  • 'Centigrammes' is an alternative spelling of 'centigrams'.
    Correction suggestion: Centigrams
  • Add 2 KILOgrammes of the powder.
    Correction suggestion: KILOgrams
Correct sentences
for comparison:
  • Use 3 milligrams of surfactant.
  • The television programme is scheduled for 17:00.
  • If the distance is less than 2 millimeters, ...
  • A 6-gramme force is sufficient.
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