Adding a suffix to words ending in silent e

    In Suffix 1 we said that a key thing to notice about a suffix is whether it starts with a consonant or a vowel.
    Look at the following silent e words and see what happens when you add a suffix:
     Base Word  + consonant suffix  Base Word  + vowel suffix
     hope  hopeless  note  notable
     state  statement  calculate  calculation
     spite  spiteful  reserve  reservation
     late  lately  late  latest
     extreme  extremely  expense  expensive

    Have you noticed the pattern?
    When you add a consonant suffix the base word doesn't change.
    When you add a vowel suffix , drop the silent e.

    Now add suffixes to the following to make new words. Remember to drop the e when adding a vowel suffix. (Note that y is regarded as a vowel so laze + y = lazy)

     Base word + suffix  New word  Base word + suffix  New word
     excite+ing    arrive+al  
     blame+less    spice+y  
     waste+ful    care+ing  
     place+ed    place+ment  
     Swede+ish    create+ion  

    Click here for the answers. Click here for the the next suffix lesson

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