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    Grammar question -l- and -ll-

    Hello
    I have noticed that in the verb "to travel " , we have the choice to either say ' travelled" (British) or Traveled (US) , but when it comes to the verb to control , we can only use , controlled or controlling , so wanted to know if there is a rule so we can distinguish the verbs that take two L , or we have the choice to either double the l or leave it solo

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    Re: Grammar question -l- and -ll-

    I imagine that American English follows the standard rule of normally doubling the final single consonant after a single vowel letter in a stressed syllable:

    counter - countered
    refer - referred
    travel - traveled
    control - controlled.

    We do this in British English with a few exceptions - one of which is that we always double final '-l' even if the syllable is not stressed.

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