It is quite common that people get confused about “Input” and “Imput”. They seem too similar, and if you aren’t familiar with the correct word, making a mistake here wouldn’t be surprising.
Which one is correct, “Input” or “Imput”? And how can you remember, to never make a mistake again?
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“Input” is the only correct form for this word. There’s really no way around it: “Imput” is a misspell, which is incorrect and should be avoided. There’s some confusion here, because in the English language, before a -p you usually have an -m, but “Input” is an exception to this.
Take a look at the examples:
- She input her birthday into the form.
- She imput her birthday into the form (incorrect)
- Dan gave his input on the subject and his suggestion was actually quite good
- Dan gave his imput on the subject and his suggestion was actually quite good.
It’s plain and simple: “Input” is correct, and “Imput” isn’t. When you know what the correct form is, you should always go for that one, and there are no excuses.
“Input” can mean two things. First, it’s related to the idea of entering information on an electronic device or form (like a computer or tablet). Second, it can indicate sharing your opinion or a piece of information with others, from a personal perspective. You give your “Input” to the conversation.
The Cambridge Dictionary adds a third meaning to “Input”, saying it could also be something put into a system, in order to make a machine work. In every instance, the spelling of “Input” is the same and never changes. “Input” is the only correct one.
Let’s see some examples of the word “Input” in use:
- Make sure not to skip any input fields when filling the form out.
- The computer was waiting for the input of the data.
- Her input into the project was vital.
- Don’t forget to double check your inputs before running the program.
- She took a whole day to input the data into the computer.
“Imput” is a common misspelled form of “Input”. It’s not a word and it doesn’t exist in the dictionary. As any incorrect form, no one should ever use it.
Let’s see some (incorrect ) examples of “Imput” followed by the corrected sentence, with the correct word “Input”:
- The imput she received on the painting was very helpful. (incorrect)
- The input she received on the painting was very helpful.
- She wished Mark could’ve given more imput in the project. (incorrect)
- She wished Mark could’ve given more input in the project.
- Starting the business will require significant imput of effort and money. (incorrect)
- Starting the business will require significant input of effort and money.
There’s an easy way to make sure you never make the mistake of using “Imput” instead of “Input” again.
Next time you’re in doubt, try this: break the word “Input” in two, as “In” and “Put”. Then, change the order of the words in your sentence, to test it for correctness. Here’s an example:
- Anna input a lot of information to the system.
- Anna put in a lot of information to the system.
As you can see, changing “Input” for “put in” still works in the sentence. “Put in” makes some sense and confirms you’re on the right track.
It shows you’re correct to use “Input” and you can move on knowing for sure that you’ve got this. If you did the same with “Imput” it wouldn’t work. Take a look:
- Anna imput a lot of information to the system.
- Anna put im a lot of information to the system.
Either way, with “Imput” or “put im”, the sentence doesn’t work. That’s because it’s incorrect, and the correct word should be “Input”. And by seeing it, you can leave that option out of the table.
Sometimes, when little things can cause a big confusion, we need to pay extra attention, to make sure we don’t make a mistake. Simply put, the correct word here is “Input”. Use it as needed. “Imput” is incorrect and should be avoided.
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