Basic Guidelines For English Spellings

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Year(s)

*‘orbital period (Pluto): 248.5y’*

### nounYs, Y's

1The twenty-fifth letter of the alphabet.

*‘Created by two of todays wittiest, most imaginative minds, The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! is a sheer delight from A to Z.’**‘Find fun games, crafts, stories, and other educational activities all related to the letter Y.’*- 1.1Denoting the next after X in a set of items, categories, etc.
*‘What Comes Next After Generation X? ... I would say, generation Y.’**‘After Boomers and X's, Here Come the Y's.’* - 1.2Denoting a second unknown or unspecified person or thing.
*‘the claim that chemical X causes birth defect Y’**‘Y denotes a second unknown or unspecified person or thing: the claim that chemical X causes birth defect Y.’**‘In mathematics, Y is the second in a set of two or three unknowns comprising x, y, and z.’*

- 1.3usually "y"The second unknown quantity in an algebraic expression, usually the dependent variable.
*‘By convention, we call the dependent variable y.’**‘In algebra, a variable is a symbol used to represent any number. For example, in this equation:. 2(x+y) = 2x + 2y. x and y are variables.’* - 1.4usually "y"Denoting the secondary or vertical axis in a system of coordinates.in combination
*‘the y -axis’**‘Cartesian coordinate system with the circle of radius 2 centered at the origin marked in red. The equation of the circle is x2 + y2 = 4..’**‘The horizontal axis is normally labeled x, and the vertical axis is normally labeled y.’*

- 1.1Denoting the next after X in a set of items, categories, etc.
2"Y"A shape like that of a capital Y.

in combination*‘rows of tiny Y-shaped motifs’*

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1Yen.

*‘Y140’*2North American informal A YMCA or YWCA hostel.

*‘Scott was living at the Y’**‘With the intensity of the heat and the humidity becoming all a little too much, I came back to the Y, for a swim and for a sleep.’**‘Its Fun To Stay At The Y in HK.’*

The chemical element yttrium.

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