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I’m currently writing the report of a study which looked at commercial soil inoculants (Rhizobium sp.). However, I’m confused about the differences between the words inoculum and inoculant and when to use which.

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    $\begingroup$ ask on english.stackexchange.com please $\endgroup$ – user48953094 Apr 17 at 23:58
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    $\begingroup$ If the dictionary definitions do not tell you which one to use, I doubt anyone at english.se would know either. $\endgroup$ – Gerald Edgar Apr 18 at 0:13
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    $\begingroup$ In my opinion, dictionary definitions are not helpful in this case as it is an idiomatic problem. Therefore I was hoping to get some information from people who are also using these words in academia. Inoculants are used in a variety of research fields, hence it is likely that I would find help here. $\endgroup$ – Ttam Apr 18 at 0:40
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a question about the english language. $\endgroup$ – De Novo Apr 18 at 7:51
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    $\begingroup$ @GeraldEdgar I disagree. There are a number of people over at english.se who write some excellent answers about usage, suffixes, and the like. I expect that's the best SE site for this question about when to use the direct latin ending inoculum, vs. the suffix -ant $\endgroup$ – De Novo Apr 18 at 7:56

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