1. Final <e> Deletion Rule. You delete a final <e> that marks a soft <c> or soft <g> only when you add a suffix that begins with the letters __________, __________, or ___________; you delete all other silent final <e>'s whenever you add a suffix that starts with any __________.
2. Here are some free stems and suffixes for you to add together to practice final <e> deletion:
3. So far you've worked with final <e> deletion only with words that have a consonant right in front of the final <e> — like the <c> in pronounce or the <m> in rhyme. But words that end with the pattern Ve#, like true and dye, have a vowel right in front of the final <e>. When we add a suffix that starts with a vowel to words with the Ve# pattern, different things can happen.
For instance, below are some words whose stems end in the Ve# pattern <oe>#. We have analyzed them into their stems and suffixes. Mark any final <e> deletion that took place and then write either “Yes” or “No” in the right hand column as we have done with the first one:
= Stem + Suffix
Did final <e> deletion occur?
= toe + ed
= hoe + ing
= hoe + er
= canoe + ing
= canoe + ed
= canoe + ist
= horseshoe + er
= horseshoe + ing
4. When you add a suffix that starts with a vowel to a stem that ends <oe>, you do NOT delete the final <e> if the suffix starts with the letter. Otherwise, you do delete the final <e>, just as the Final <e> Deletion Rule says.