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

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If you are adding the suffixes -ing or -ish to a word ending in y, you do not need to change the y to i. This is so there isn’t double i in the word.

For example:

If the suffix is ing or ish do not change the y to i – otherwise you end up with words with double i in them!

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If there is another vowel just before the y, you also do not need to change the y to i. This is so there aren’t too many vowels clumped together in the word.

For example:

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