Adding a suffix to words ending -ce and -geIn the previous worksheet we learned the following pattern for silent e words:
When adding a consonant suffix: keep the silent e
When adding a vowel suffix drop the silent e
So: blame+less becomes blameless but blame+ing becomes blaming
This pattern works most of the time.
That's why I prefer to call it a pattern rather than a rule.
But there are a few exceptions. Here's the main one:
Where the base word ends in -ce or -ge, then
you keep the silent e before -able and -ous. So:
enforce + able = enforceable
notice + able = noticeable
service + able = serviceable
courage + ous = courageous
outrage + ous = outrageous
Now memorize the focus words and test yourself on them
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