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    Cool How do you know if it ends in ible or able?

    How do you know if a word would end in ible or able? Is there any secerets or
    tricks?
    sincerily,
    kewlkid

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    Re: How do you know if it ends in ible or able?

    A good rule of thumb is that if the root word is a complete word, you add -able
    e.g. accept - acceptable; laugh - laughable; suit - suitable and so on.

    If the word ends in y, change it to i e.g. justify - justifiable, and if it ends in e, you usually (but not always) drop the e.
    e.g. believe - believable.

    But ... if the consonant preceding that vowel is a g or a c, you keep the e. If you don't, the consonant would become hard, and the word would sound odd.
    e.g. notice - noticeable; knowledge - knowledgeable.

    And, if removing the e would change the pronunciation of the preceding vowel then you leave the e.
    e.g. like (long i) - likeable; sale (long a) - saleable.

    If the root is an incomplete word, you add -ible
    e.g. vis- visible; tang- tangible; cred - credible.

    Remember this by the two i's: Incomplete -ible.



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    Re: How do you know if it ends in ible or able?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dandelion

    Remember this by the two i's: Incomplete -ible.


    That's a good one- thanks.

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