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    Default Spelling rule for canoe?

    Hi all,

    Can you please tell me why when the word canoe is changed to canoeing the usual rule in regard dropping the "e" doesn't apply?

    I guessed it's because of the ending double vowel but wasn't sure.

    Many thanks


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    Default Re: Spelling rule for canoe?

    Quote Originally Posted by makaveli View Post
    Hi all,

    Can you please tell me why when the word canoe is changed to canoeing the usual rule in regard dropping the "e" doesn't apply?

    I guessed it's because of the ending double vowel but wasn't sure.

    Many thanks


    M.
    I'm not a great one for rules, so I don't know which one you mean. If you mean the one that affects such pairs as time/timing, tame/taming, cite/citing then the answer is that the rule should specify that it applies to words in which a final E changes the sound of a vowel preceding a final consonant (as in Tim/time); this does not apply to canoe for two reasons. There is no intervening consonant, and there is no vowel change; "oe" just represents the single vowel sound /u:/.*

    But as I implied at the beginning, there are teachers who would have a much clearer idea of the rule concerned.

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    * Note for Francophones: in English this is a single vowel, unlike the French "oŽ".

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    Default Re: Spelling rule for canoe?

    Agreed.

    Find out when and why e is dropped, Resource Room Spelling: Dropping Silent E when Adding a Suffix

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    Default Re: Spelling rule for canoe?

    Thank you for the replies. After referring to one of my grammar books I realize I was getting confused with the rule for verbs!

    Now I have checked the listed website it's somewhat clearer. Slightly more difficult to get across to 10 year olds however!


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    Last edited by makaveli; 14-Sep-2007 at 06:26.

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