|Click here to hear the suffix -able or -ible.|
| The suffixes -able and -ible often mean
'can be '.
inflatable - can be inflated
flexible - can be bent or flexed
Both these suffixes sound the same. The vowel sound in both is another example of the weak 'schwa' sound, so it does not help you decide between -able and -ible.
There is no simple rule to tell whether the ending should be spelled -able
The most common ending is -able so a sensible strategy would be:
1) Learn the -ible words you are most likely to need.
2) Use -able for all the other words.
First we'll look at -able, as it's the most common ending.
Read the clues, find the syllables to spell the words:
this exercise and go to the next part of this unit:
A look at some -ible words.