The Spelling Rules for Adding Suffixes:

When do you change the letter y ?
When does the y stay the same ?

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Rule breakers break the spelling rule
1)
ski+ing = skiing
(ski is not an English word, it is Norwegian, so it can have ii)

taxi += ing = taxiing or taxying
(taxi is short for taximeter cab, from the word tax)


2)
day + ly = daily gay + ly = gaily
pay + ed = paid say + ed = said lay + ed = laid

3)
die, tie, lie:
When the suffix is ing, change ie to y: dying, tying, lying

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Unit 9: Adding suffixes: the spelling rules

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