# 11.3: Summary of Final <e> Deletion in Ve # Stems

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## Summary of Final <e> Deletion in Ve # Stems

1. Below you are given stems ending in Ve # and suffixes to be added to them to make new words. Be sure your analysis shows any changes as we have done with the first one:

Stem + Suffix = Analysis = Word
lie + ing = l\begin{align*}\cancel{i}\cancel{e}\end{align*}+ y + ing = lying
agree + able = =
canoe + ist = =
die + ing = =
free + est = =
hoe + ing = =
die + ed = =
guarantee + ing = =
toe + ed = =
tie+ er = =
free + ed = =
canoe + ed = =

2. Add the following Ve# stems and suffixes to make words. In your analysis show any changes that take place:

Stem + Suffix = Analysis = Word
argue + ing = =
glue + s = =
vie + ed = =
rescue + er = =
sue + ed = =
free + ly = =
value + able = =
referee + ed = =
vie + ing = =
issue + ed = =
eye + ed = =
tiptoe + ed = =
blue + ing = =
tie + ing = =
see + ing = =
true + est = =

3. When you add a suffix that starts with a vowel to a stem that ends <ue>, do you delete the final <e> ? _________

4. Original 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 _____.

5. Most Ve# words follow the Final <e> Deletion Rule, but there are three special cases:

(a) <ie>. When you add a suffix that starts with \begin{align*}<\text{i}>\end{align*} to a stem that ends <ie>, you delete the final <e> and change the ________ to ________.

(b) <ee>. When you add a suffix that starts with the letters ________ or _______ to a stem that ends <ee>, you do not delete the final <e>.

(c) <oe>. When you add a suffix that starts with the vowel _______ to a stem that ends <oe>, you do not delete the final <e>.

6. There are only about twelve words that raise the three complications we've listed above. It isn't worth making our rule long and hard-to-remember just to account for a dozen or so words. But we can keep our revision of the rule fairly simple by revising it to something like this:

Final Final <e> Deletion Rule: You delete a final <e> that marks a soft __________ or soft _________ only when you add a suffix that begins with the letters _________, ________, or _________; and except for a few words with stems that end <ee>, <ie>, or <oe>, you delete all other silent final <e>'s whenever you add a suffix that starts with any ________.

That little bit of a change keeps our rule honest without making it so long and complicated that it is hard to remember. All you have to do is keep those few stems that end <ee>, <ie>, or <oe> in mind - and that isn't too hard since if you try deleting the final <e> in words like toeing and seeing and forseeable, you get such funny-looking spellings that you would probably notice them anyhow.

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