Adding a suffix to words ending in -y

    With these words you need to notice whether there is a vowel or a consonant immediately before the y.
    For example:
    Words ending vowel + y Words ending consonant + y
    delay reply
    convey busy
    destroy pity

    There are two important patterns to learn:
    *If the word ends in a vowel + y the base word doesn't change:
       delay + ed = delayed
       employ + ment = employment
    *If the word ends in a consonant + y ,
    when you add any suffix except -ing,
    then change the y to i:

       reply + ed = replied
       busy + ness = business
       pity + ful = pitiful
       but reply + ing = replying

    1. Copy the new word into the third column of this table:

    Base word + suffix New word Copy new word here
    busy + ly busily  
    pity + ful pitiful  
    carry +ed carried  
    carry + ing carrying  
    bury + al burial  
    supply + er supplier  
    happy + ness happiness  
    empty + ing emptying  
    empty + ed emptied  

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Focus Words

delayed

employing

replied

replying

business

pitiful

supplier

happiness

emptied

carried

replying