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    N

    Shouldn´t I double the N here ?

    Listen = Listenning or Listening ?

    as the rule says

    vowel + consonant , double the consonant

    I have forgotten the rule.


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    Re: N

    Quote Originally Posted by Mauricio67 View Post
    Shouldn´t I double the N here ?

    Listen = Listenning or Listening ?

    as the rule says

    vowel + consonant , double the consonant

    I have forgotten the rule.
    listening
    focusing
    traveling
    travelling
    dieting
    running
    clubbing
    rubbing


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    Re: N

    Are these verbs exception for the rule?

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    Smile Re: N

    Quote Originally Posted by Mauricio67 View Post
    Are these verbs exception for the rule?
    The rule simply says that any short verb (or one-syllable verb) ending in the pattern single vowel + consonant doubles the final consonant; the same applies to other longer verbs (two- or multi-syllable verbs) the stress of which is on the last syllable:

    [one-syllable]
    stop - stopping
    swim - swimming
    put - putting


    [two-syllable]
    for'get - for'getting
    oc'cur - oc'curring
    for'bid - for'bidding


    but
    [one-syllable with two vowels]
    peel - peeling
    beat - beating
    boil - boiling


    [two-syllable with the stress on the first syllable]
    'listen - 'listening
    'focus - 'focusing


    Verbs ending in l usually double the final consonant in British English.

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