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Why do we double letter 'g' in bigger but we write slower with a single 'w' if the rule says that when adjective ends with a single consonant with a vowel before it, we double the consonant?
Thank you for such a quick reply!
The rule of doubled consonants is clear. There are exceptions where we can't double a consonant even when the rules are met.
Exceptions: final consonants (x, y, w) why?
due to pronunciation,(phonetics). We can't pronounce a doubled x, y or w.
Last edited by tareq10; 12-Mar-2009 at 19:22.
'Big' or 'bigger' - the sound /g/ has the same quality. The letter is doubled to preserve the quality of the preceding vowel, otherwise it would be pronounced as /ai/. Why don't we double 'y', for example? Because when it occurs in the final position in a word it already serves to represent a diphthong together with the preceding vowel: stay - stayed /ei/.