The substituent name for the \(RO-\) function is alkoxy, and it is correct to name \(R-O-R'\) compounds as alkoxy derivatives of hydrocarbons:
In the common nomenclature for ethers, each of the \(R\) groups in \(R-O-R'\) is named as a separate word, except when the groups are identical, in which case the prefix di or bis may be used (di is used for simple groups, bis for substituted groups):
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John D. Robert and Marjorie C. Caserio (1977) Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry, second edition. W. A. Benjamin, Inc. , Menlo Park, CA. ISBN 0-8053-8329-8. This content is copyrighted under the following conditions, "You are granted permission for individual, educational, research and non-commercial reproduction, distribution, display and performance of this work in any format."