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Final silent “e” before a suffix

If a word ends in a consonant followed by a silent e, drop the e before suffixes beginning with a vowel, but keep the e before suffixes beginning with a consonant. For example:

  • engage —> engaging —> engagement
  • care —> caring —> careful
  • fate —> fatal —> fateful
  • scarce —> scarcity —> scarcely

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