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Imbalance Unbalanced?

Imbalance Unbalanced?

Imbalance Unbalanced?

(OP)
I am never sure of the proper usage and choice between these words.

Bill
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"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

I thought it was an unbalanced imbalance... winky smile

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

(OP)
Thanks David. That sort of evens things up. grin

Bill
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"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

One's the noun; the other an adjective.

Unbalanced phases have got an imbalance.

A.

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

Unbalanced phrases that are unbalanced produce an imbalance... adjective, adverb, and noun..

Mike McCann, PE, SE (WA, HI)


RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

Mike, I'm not really getting much sense of an adverb there.

A.

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

"unbalanced" is modifying the verb "are", hence it is functioning as an adverb.

Mike McCann, PE, SE (WA, HI)


RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

Setting aside the adverb which confuses me 3eyes ....

...did we learn above to use imbalance if it's a noun and unbalanced if it's an adjective?
I dunno.

unbalance can be a noun. https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/unbalance
imbalanced can be an adjective https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imbalan...

So far it seems like a coin flip.flip

Standards like ISO 1940 for rotating machinery mechanical balancing to reduce vibration use the term unbalance as a noun.
I'm not sure about electrical standards like IEEE 100 that might refer to unbalance / imbalance of voltage, current, winding resistance etc. Until I hear otherwise I'll just stick with the coin toss for electrical unbalances/imbalances (someone would probably disagree no matter which one I choose).





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(2B)+(2B)' ?

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

Per Pete's signature, I suggest (balance)'.

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

In your sentence, both uses of "unbalanced" are adjectives modifying "phrases".

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

As far as "conventional" (i.e. proper!) English is concerned:

"imbalance" is a noun
"unbalance" is a verb
"unbalanced" is an adjective

Other word forms may be encountered in "jargon" (e.g. using "unbalance" as a noun) - but I would always prefer the "conventional" usage.

http://julianh72.blogspot.com

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

Are is a verb, and any verb can only be modified by another verb or an adverb.

Dictionary (Oxford)

are1

/är,ər/
verb
second person singular present and first, second, third person plural present of be.

are2

/er,är/
noun
historical
noun: are; plural noun: ares
a metric unit of measure, equal to 100 square meters (about 119.6 square yards).

Origin
late 18th century: from French, from Latin area (see area).

Mike McCann, PE, SE (WA, HI)


RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

I suggest testing the adverb theory using something that undeniably is an adverb in the same sort of way to see how it turns out.

Snails are slowly

In my head, when you say something is unbalanced, "unbalanced" is working as an adjective which qualifies the implied (but silent) Complement of the verb, rather than qualifying the verb. It tells you what the thing is being, not how it's doing it.

A

RE: Imbalance Unbalanced?

Or conversely, create the shortest grammatically-correct sentence containing the verb "are", as an aid to parsing the structure; e.g.

Snails are molluscs.

"Molluscs" is NOT an adverb - and neither is "unbalanced".

http://julianh72.blogspot.com

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