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    The Suffix -able

    Hi, I've been looking at words with the suffix -able and have found the following:-

    1. adaptable
    2. fashionable

    3. constable

    4. stable

    First I thought why does -able have a different pronunciation in the word "stable"?
    Then I thought it's because "adapt" and "fashion" are words on their own but "st" is not.
    Then I realised that "const" is not a word on its own either but it has the same pronunciation as "adaptable" and "fashionable".

    Is there a rule that tells me how to pronounce -able?

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: The Suffix -able

    Hi Anne,

    adaptable, fashionable, and constable all end with the phonemes /əbəl/.

    While stable ends with only the phonemes /bəl/.


    Percy
    Last edited by PHenry1026; 01-Jun-2014 at 02:58.

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    Re: The Suffix -able

    Any two-syllable word is likely to be pronounced like 'stable' - able (also unable), fable, table, sable, cable etc.
    Longer words, pronounce like 'adaptable'.

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    Re: The Suffix -able

    Of course there is always an exception to any rule like "enable".

    Percy
    Last edited by PHenry1026; 01-Jun-2014 at 02:58.

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    Re: The Suffix -able

    Thinking more about this all words ending with the phonemes /eɪbəl/, like stable or enable (3 syllables) are pronounced the same way.


    Percy
    Last edited by PHenry1026; 01-Jun-2014 at 02:59.

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