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    We have the word occur with its past form occurred, why do we have to double the r here, any rules?

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    Default Re: When to double the last word?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    We have the word occur with its past form occurred, why do we have to double the r here, any rules?
    Just think this way. If we did not first double the r and then add -ed, then the past form would be spelt occured, whose pronunciation would be something else which has no link to the base form. It would be pronounced as o-cu-red, rather than o-cur-(r)d. This is my understanding of this inflection. And I think this applies to many other words. I don't know if I have explained everything clearly. I would be sorry if not.

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    Default Re: When to double the last word?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    We have the word occur with its past form occurred, why do we have to double the r here, any rules?
    See here Spelling Rules: Double Consonants - An English-Zone.Com Lesson

    ED = If the stress is on the second syllable, the word gets a double consonant + ED.
    ING = If the stress is on the second syllable, the word gets a double consonant + ING.
    Examples: refer > referred, admit > admitted
    begin > beginning, permit > permitting

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    What about three syllable words, Soup?

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