Can anyone please tell me, when this rule doesnt apply?
t -- tt ; p -- pp
so put -- putting
stop -- stopping
but help is helping , read is reading.
Thanks a million:up:
Doubling the consonant doesn't depend on what the last letter is. For example, your third word is incorrectly spelt/spelled. It should be "starting", not "startting". If you look at the rule below, you will understand why:
You double the final consonant before -ing and -ed if:
- the word has one syllable and ends in consonant, vowel, consonant. This is the case for your verbs "put" and "stop".
Other examples: plan - planned; rob - robbed
The same rule applies for comparatives and superlatives: hot, hotter, hottest.
You also double the last consonant if:
-the verb has more than one syllable and has the stress on the last syllable: beGIN - beginning; preFER - preferred
(In British English, you double the consonant if the word ends in "l" even if the stress is not on the last syllable: TRAvel - travelled; CANcel - cancelling.) :-D:-D
There are one or two other helpful rules but you could start with these ones.