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6.8: Deleting Silent Final < e >

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

2. Combine the free stems and suffixes below. Show any cases of twinning or silent final <e> deletion:

Free Stem + Suffix = Word
quot\cancel{e} + ed = quoted
cag\cancel{e} + ed = caged
up + p + er = upper
interest + ing = interesting
exercis\cancel{e} + ed = exercised
obey + ed = obeyed
decide + s = decides
in + n + ing = inning
fill + ing = filling
disgrac\cancel{e} + ed = disgraced
murmur + ed = murmured
order + ing = ordering
lad\cancel{y}+ i + es = ladies
mist + y = misty
price + s = prices
refus\cancel{e} + ed = refused
mission + s = missions

3. Now try some the other way around. Analyze each word into its free stem and suffix. Show any cases of silent final <e> deletion or twinning:

Word = Free Stem + Suffix
refusing = refus\cancel{e} + ing
disgracing = disgrac\cancel{e} + ing
decided = decid\cancel{e} + ed
watches = watch + es
misspending = misspend + ing
twiggy = twig + g + y
rising = ris\cancel{e} + ing
banded = band + ed
senses = sens\cancel{e} + es
quoting = quot\cancel{e} + ing
issuing = issu\cancel{e} + ing
quizzes = quiz + z + es
interested = interest + ed
units = unit + s
iffy = if + f + y
methods = method + s
upper = up + p + er
obeyed = obey + ed
hundreds = hundred + s
shoes = shoe + s
fifties = fift\cancel{y} + i + es

Teaching Notes. Points to emphasize: There is twinning in inning, twiggy, iffy, and upper because we assume that words with only one vowel sound like in, twig, if, and up have strong stress. There is no twinning in murmured and ordering because the second vowel in murmur and order have weak stress. The lack of stress in murmur may be specially tricky for students to hear: The identical spelling of the two syllables can be misleading.

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