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    Double nn in some words

    Hi everyone!

    Can you tell me the rule to put or not a nn in words?


    Thanks a lot for your help!

    Enjoy your day!

    Maria


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    Re: Double nn in some words

    Hi, Maria,
    There are words that just should be remembered, for example annual, annoy, banner etc - no rules.
    You can only have rules for adding endings, suffixes or prefixes.
    The final n in a short stressed syllable is doubled so as not to get the syllable open:
    to sin - sinning, sinned, sinner
    to begin - beginning, beginner
    to run - running, runner

    If you add the prefix un-
    unnoticed
    unnamed


    Regards

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    Re: Double nn in some words

    I'd add that, for someone with Spanish as a first language, the Spanish spelling of a related word sometimes helps with the words that you just have to remember, like 'annual' - an in the Spanish points to a double n (in fact, historically, that's where the comes from - medieval scribes saving time and ink: Enye - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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    Re: Double nn in some words

    Thanks a lot for your help!


    Nice day!

    Maria


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    Re: Double nn in some words

    Thanks a lot

    Nice day!
    Maria


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    Re: Double nn in some words

    You are welcome, Maria.

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