Correct spelling, explanation: this noun, preparation, is made from the verb to prepare by adding suffix -ion which is a noun suffix. The origin word is Latin – verb parare (to set in order) with a prefix prae- (pre-, before). Knowing this we can understand the English spelling preparation – with a and not e.
Preperation is a misspelling here.
Definition of preparation:
noun, an action of making something or someone ready for particular thing or event
I don’t like throwing parties because preparation is time-consuming and cleaning up afterwards is so tiring!
Preparation time of this cake is approx 90 minutes.
Incorrect spelling, explanation:
preperation is a wrong form as the base verb form is to prepare spelled with a (not ). We can understand it better by looking at Lating origin: prae- (pre-) and parare (to set in order). Although pronunciation may suggest spelling this word with e, the correct form is preparation.
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