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Chapter 2. Six Tips for Better Spelling > Endings: Is it •able or •ible

6.. Endings: Is it •able or •ible

Add able to a full word

adapt = adaptable

work = workable

love = lovable [Note: Drop the e before adding the ending.]

desire = desirable [Again, drop the second e before the ending.]

change = changeable [The e stays this time! That is because it is needed to keep the g sound “soft”—as in fringe—rather than “hard”—as in long.]

manage = manageable [Same rule applies to keep the g soft.]

Add ible if the root word is not a word by itself.

credible [Cred is not a word when it stands by itself.]

tangible

Add ible to words that end in x, ns, and miss.

flexible

responsible

permissible


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