Lose that E (sometimes)

Adding suffixes to words creates spelling problems for some of us. Here is a spelling rule to remember:

Words that end in a silent e usually drop the e before a suffix beginning with a vowel.

Here are examples:

size – sizable

sense – sensible

blue – bluish

true – truism

sincere – sincerity

use – usage

But, of course, there are exceptions: agreeing, acreage, lineage, canoeing (among others).

Another rule:

Words ending in silent e usually retain the e before a suffix beginning with a consonant.

Here are examples:

care – careless

manage – management

trouble – troublesome

Some exceptions: judgment, wisdom, truly, subtly, argument.

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