Words ending -able and -ible
Two common endings are -able and -ible. But how can you tell
which one to use?
The difficulty is that we pronounce the leading
vowels very similarly: we make a sort of -ugh- sound and you can't
hear whether it is -a- or-i- .There are no simple rules to
But here are three tips that you may find useful:
Here are the most common
- If the base word is not altered in any way then add -able.
works most of the time:
predict becomes predictable,
comfort becomes comfortable,
..... and so
- There are many more words ending -able than -ible.
900 -able words and 200 -ible words.
So, if you make a guess and
you're probably right 4 out of 5 times!
- The best advice I can give you is to learn the most common
words and use -able for the rest.
Very many of the -ible
words are so rare that you'll never use them.
ever written fungible for instance?
||fit for eating|
||can be believed|
||can be heard|
||easy to read|
||of no importance|
||can be done|
||can be seen|
||liable to happen|
||can be digested|
|Many of them have negative forms by adding in-, il-, ir-,
or im- . For example:|
inedible, illegible, irresponsible,
Now try a relevant wordsearch and a hangman game or a
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