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    #1

    important question

    salamo 3alaikom
    hi
    my question is about spelling,i always have a problem with spelling measurement , improvement.......and words alike , i dont know when should i add the e like in the word measurement after the r and when shouldnt i add it like astonishment (after the m)
    so is there any trick to know these words or any rule ?
    and my second question is about doubling letters
    like the word travel , i know its traveling (us) , travelling (british) , and traveled (us) , travelled( british)
    bt is it the case always

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    Re: important question

    The final e when you add the suffix ment

    The final e is dropped when you add the suffix ment to a word. Two examples are judge + ment = judgment and acknowledge + ment = acknowledgment. However, there are some exceptions. For example: encourage + ment = encouragement, achieve + ment = achievement, and enhance + ment = enhancement.

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    Re: important question

    In BrE judgement and acknowledgement are the preferred spellings.

    If you are writng BrE, a safer 'rule' is not to drop the -e when you add -ment.

    Note, saddouda, that it is not a question of adding -e. The original words measure and improve end in -e, astonish does not.

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