Spelling the word endings -able and -ible

Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules

Is it likable or likeable ?
lovable or loveable ?
movable or moveable ?

The answer is - please yourself - both are correct!
We usually do keep the e but some dictionaries will tell you that both versions are correct.

Summary

In this section you have learnt the most common -able and -ible words.
When you need to spell other -able and -ible words, remember:

No spelling rule to help spell English words able or ible The bad news is:
There is no reliable rule to help you decide whether it is -able or -ible. (But -able is the more common spelling.)

Learn to spell the start of the word The good news is:
Get the start of the word correct and then you can rely on dictionaries and spellcheckers to help in this case.

This completes the unit on -able / -ible

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Unit 27: Spelling the endings -able and -ible

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