adaptable, fashionable, and constable all end with the phonemes /əbəl/.
While stable ends with only the phonemes /bəl/.
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Hi, I've been looking at words with the suffix -able and have found the following:-
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!
Any two-syllable word is likely to be pronounced like 'stable' - able (also unable), fable, table, sable, cable etc.
Longer words, pronounce like 'adaptable'.