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6.11: Soft < c > and Deleting Silent Final < e >

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Soft <c> and Deleting Silent Final <e>

1. When the letter <c> has an ______, ______, or ______ right after it, it spells the sound ______ and is called ______.

2. Rule for Deleting Silent Final <e>. If a word ends with a silent ______ that shows that the vowel sound in the word is ______, you ______ the silent final <e> when you add a ______ that starts with a ______.

3. We must revise our final <e> deletion rule a little, because the final <e> that marks a soft <c> doesn’t behave quite like the final <e> that just marks a long vowel. Here are some words analyzed for you. Show any final <e> deletions as we have done with announcer. Write “Yes” or “No” in the right hand column to show whether a final <e> was deleted when the suffix was added to the free stem:

Free Stem + Suffix = Word Was a final <e> deleted?
announc\begin{align*}\cancel{e}\end{align*} + er = announcer Yes
choice + est = choicest
juice + y = juicy
embrace + able = embraceable
surface + s = surfaces
notice + able = noticeable
introduce + ing = introducing
scarce + ly = scarcely
service + able = serviceable
price + ed = priced

5. Combine each stem word and suffix to make a word. Mark any final <e>’s that are deleted:

Stem Word + Suffix = word
lac\begin{align*}\cancel{e}\end{align*} + y = lacy
practice + ed =
service + s =
announce + ment =
juice + y =
fierce + est =
embrace + able =
office + er =
sentence + ed =
rejoice + ing =

7. Look at the cases where the final <e> was deleted. You should have found that in each case the suffix started with one of three letters: ______, ______, or ______. Which three letters must follow a soft <c>? _____, _____, or _____.

8. Be ready to talk about this question: Why do we delete the final <e> that marks a soft <c> only if the suffix starts with <e>, \begin{align*}<\text{i}>\end{align*}, or <y>?

9. New Final <e> Deletion Rule. You delete the final <e> that marks a soft <c> only when you add a suffix that starts with ______, ______, or ______; you delete a final <e> that is only marking a long vowel whenever you add a suffix that starts with any ______

Word Changles. Follow the directions carefully. Write the words you make in the column on the right. The shaded boxes will contain free stems that you worked with in this lesson:

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