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I am trying to understand why you don't drop the silent e ending when you create <embraceable>.

So, I know embrace comes from in and brace, and 

embrace + able -> embraceable.

Why not drop the silent e from embrace as you would 

embrac/e + ing -> embracing ?

I can explain it from a pronunciation standpoint, but I know that is a no-no.

 

Kris

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Kristin,

I have no idea when you posted this question, and I suspect you already know the answer, but in case anyone else stumbles upon this question... Normally we drop the single silent <e> when adding a vowel suffix. But the <e> must not be dropped in <embraceable> because the suffix <able> does not have a vowel that forces the <c> in <embrace> to say the /s/ sound. If you drop the <e>, the <c> would say /k/. In <embracing>, the <i> forces the <c> to say /s/ so the <e> can be dropped. <E>, <i> and <y> force the <c> to say /s/ and the <g> to say /j/. Sorry, I don't know IPA for my phonemes.

Jane
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