Spelling - Eliminating 'e': Activity 1

Sort the examples into two groups

DROP 'E'
KEEP 'E'
hope + -ing → hoping
arrive + -al → arrival
hope + -ful → hopeful
care + -ing → caring
care + -ful → careful
care + -less → careless
rude + -ness → rudeness
rude + -ly → rudely
captive + -ity → captivity
achieve + -able → achievable

Answers

  • DROP 'E' GROUP: arrive + -al → arrival, achieve + -able → achievable, care + -ing → caring, hope + -ing → hoping, captive + -ity → captivity
  • KEEP 'E' GROUP: hope + -ful → hopeful, care + -ful → careful, care + -less → careless, rude + -ly → rudely, rude + -ness → rudeness

When do we drop the e and when do we keep it?

  • When the ending (suffix) starts with a vowel, we drop the e.
  • When the ending (suffix) starts with a consonant, we keep the e.

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