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Shutdown vs. shut down: Which is proper English?

The October 2013 U.S. federal government closure has writers and editors wondering about accurate wordings.

Is it shutdown or shut down?

Here’s the short version.

Use shutdown as a noun. Use shut down as a verb. It’s that simple. Take a look:

The U.S. federal government of 2013 shutdown essentially shut down plenty of properties, shutting out staffers and visitors. By shutting down federal government operations and departments deemed non-essential, the shutdown definitely idled many indefinitely.

Using shutdown and shut down interchangeably is not a federal offense. But it’s not correct.

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  1. On the other hand, shutting down the federal government SHOULD be a federal offense.

  2. Informative, Thanks


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