Sharable vs. shareable

  • Outside North America, the adjective meaning able to be shared is spelled shareable, with the silent e. In the U.S. and Canada, both shareable and sharable are common. The latter used to be more common in the U.S. than it is now, but the longstanding American preference for dropping the silent e from -able words has eroded in recent decades, and today shareable prevails by a 2:1 margin in American texts.


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