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  1. mas94010
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    verb spelling

    Why is the verb "ripening" spelled with a single p?
    Aren't we supposed to double the consonant for 1 vowel and 1 consonant ending verbs to make the -ing form?
    Ex: stop--stopping

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    Re: verb spelling

    Quote Originally Posted by mas94010
    Why is the verb "ripening" spelled with a single p?
    Aren't we supposed to double the consonant for 1 vowel and 1 consonant ending verbs to make the -ing form?
    Ex: stop--stopping
    Not with long vowels. The rules about doubling are for short vowels. In American English, the rule is this:

    Before adding most suffixes, double a consonant after a short vowel in one-syllable words or if the accent is on the final syllable in words of two or more syllables. Things are a bit different in British English, particularly with the consonant "L".

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    In BE, just double the final 'l' of as two-syllable word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In BE, just double the final 'l' of as two-syllable word.
    Is it only "L"? How about m, p, r, etc. ?

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