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When to drop the final e

Drop the e when adding a vowel suffix. Keep the e when adding a consonant suffix.

take
Do you know how long it will take us to get there?
taking
I enjoyed taking my dog for a walk.
hate
I hate this foul weather.
hateful
He gave me a hateful look.
brute
The bully of the class was a brute.
brutish
We disliked his brutish manner.
joke
The joke was funny.
joking
My uncle is always joking.
use
I'll use this glue to fix my model.
using
She was extra careful when using the knife.
useless
The umbrella was useless in the wind.
blame
The police officer tried to extricate himself from blame.
blameless
The police said the truck driver was blameless.
safe
My shed will be safe with this padlock on the door.
safely
Cross the road safely when the traffic stops.
Pole
In our group of friends, there is one Hungarian, one Pole, and one American.
Polish
Have you ever tried Polish food?

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Words with doubled letters
No need to double
Examples of suffixes
Change y to i
Words where y does not change
Change f to ve

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