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Unit 9: Adding suffixes: the spelling rules

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Unit 9: Suffixes: why we need to double letters, change them or drop 'e'

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The Spelling Rules for Adding Suffixes:

When to double a letter - and when not to double

Teaching point - learning to spell

If you are adding a vowel suffix to a short vowel word that ends with a vowel followed by two consonants (VCC), you do not need to double the last consonant.

Remember that -y is considered a vowel suffix.

For example:

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jump + ing = jumping wind + y = windy
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Learn the Words:
Study this word list 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check' spelling exercise English spelling games spelling test

Now try these. Be careful! Sometimes you will need to double the consonant and sometimes you won’t.

Add the suffix to the root word.

Type the whole word:

camp + er
bad + ly
sad + ness
flat + est
hid + en
hat + less
fog + y
mug + ful
crack + ed
bump + y
snob + ish
wet + er

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