-ABLE VS. -IBLE – PART 4

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Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! Well! We've reached the end! Almost. So far, we've explored three aspects of the -able/-ible spelling conundrum. We've learned that -able is, by far, the more common of the two suffixes - and therefore, a better choice if you're guessing a spelling. We've learned that if you can think of a similar suffix to add to the end of a word, the first letter of that similar suffix should point the way to the correct choice of -able…

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-ABLE VS. -IBLE – PART 3

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! Whew! This is a long-winded answer to such a fundamental spelling question, right? Well, we have revealed some good insights on how to tackle this most troublesome of suffixes. Let's attack the words that end in -able. We'll finish the -ible words in our next and final post. Words that end in -able: the most basic rule Usually, if you have a word in English, you can just add the suffix -able, and you'll be in good shape.…

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SPELLING COMPOUND WORDS

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! The English language - and by this, I mean pure English, not touched by Latin or French or any other language - loves its compound words. (For that matter, so do other Germanic languages, like Dutch and German.) These are words created simply by putting two words together. Sometimes, one of these original words may not be very common, but the compound word that contains it is common. Most of the time, the spelling of each of the…

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