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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 do you drop the letter e ?

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Rule breakers break the spelling rule

Yes, it’s that time again!

There are some words that just have to break the rules.

Not all words that end in e have a first long vowel sound. You may remember that very few English words end in v. Instead we use:

have give live love active

When you add a vowel suffix, you do not need to double the v (very few words have a double v because it looks too much like w). However, drop the e as normal:

having giving living lover activity

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