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Is there a way to do a wildcard search in Google for, say, learn* which would return: learn, learns, learning, learned, etc.
If not, what search engines offer this sort of flexibility in searching (Altavista)?
AltaVista lets you use * . See [searchengineshowdown.com...]
Northern Light automatically searches for both singular and plural if you enter a word in either singular or plural form.
Still, they're invaluable for us few percent who do know how to use them :)
To retrieve pages that include either word A or word B, use an uppercase OR between terms.
About this OR searching in Google, can someone clarify this?
search for "tumour" 229,000
search for "tumours" 162,000
search for "tumour OR tumours" 138,000
its probably a matter of semantics, but does "either" mean that a document containing both "tumour" and tumours" will not be listed? In that case using the "OR" will not yield the results prowsej wanted.
I would have thought the same as you, hence my confusion.
Google describes the OR function in the advanced search page as: "with at least one of the words". I think Google puts its own maths to that..
compare Alltheweb, it is even more strange:
and the advanced feature any of the words "tumour tumours" 2,323,145 !