double letter in present continuous

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light86

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dear there are some verbs like come witch don't double the consonant in the present continuous
come coming
other double like sit sitting

what is the rule

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dear there are some verbs like come witch don't double the consonant in the present continuous
come coming
other double like sit sitting

what is the rule

thank you

********** NOT a teacher **********

Hello, light86.

(1) I think that most of us native speakers do not know the rule.

(2) We learn how to spell by reading and writing a lot.

(3) I respectfully suggest that the more you read, the more you

will understand this problem.

(4) I found the rule in a book that used to be read by many high

school students.

(5) ***** COME *****

(a) come ends in a silent e (you do not make the e sound).

(b) So drop the e.

(c) add -ing.

(d) coming/ writing/ using/ losing/ guiding/hoping.

(Careful: there are some exceptions. But this rule usually works.)

(6) ***** SIT *****

(a) sit is one syllable (one sound).

(b) sit ends in a consonant. (You know that a consonant is usually any

letter except a, e, i, o, u.)

(c) there is only one vowel (a, e, i, o, u) in front of the consonant

that ends the word.

(d) if you add -ing, then you double the consonant that ends the word.

This rule is really difficult, isn't it!!!

Let's review:

sit is a one-syllable word.
sit ends with one consonant (t)
there is one vowel (i) in front of the t.
so we double: sitting.

Other examples:

winning/ stopping/getting/dropping/hugging/fitting/swimming/begging.

If you have more questions, just post them. People are very happy to

answer.

THANK YOU
 
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