Adding a suffix to words ending -ce and -ge

    In 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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Focus Words

enforceable

noticeable

serviceable

courageous

outrageous

manageable

changeable

advantageous

replaceable