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Unit 34: Adding suffixes to longer words

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Unit 34: Adding suffixes to longer words – double or not?

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Adding Suffixes to Longer Words

Teaching point - learning to spell Two more things to think about:

1. Sometimes, adding a suffixes changes which syllable we stress. Take this example:

English spelling
 
prefer: I would prefer to stay in tonight.
preferred: She preferred the pink dress to the blue one.
preference: He has a preference for classical music.
 
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We still follow the rule. In preferred, the stress remains on the second syllable and we double the letter r.

In preference, the stress has shifted to the first syllable, so we do not double the letter r.


2. Long vowel sounds and those spelled with two letters do not need doubling.

English spelling
 
remain + ing = remaining avoid + ance = avoidance
 
English spelling
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Now try these:

Add the suffix to the root word

Type the whole word:

omit + ed
equip + ment
confer + ing
confer + ence
forbid + en
forget + ful
contain + er
benefit + ing
commit + ed
focus + ing
develop + ed
transmit + er


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