Real Spellers

English Makes Sense!

Hello folks. A question arose in my class this week that I am sure must have been addressed somewhere, but I couldn't find anything here. It relates to pesky questions about the <-le> and I still feel a little unsure how to answer this. Here is Jasmine's note, if anyone can point us to a post or share your thoughts, that would be great.

Dear Real Spellers,

I have done a word investigation on the word <noble>. I looked for relatives but only found one. It was <nobility>. I have realised a pattern about <nobility>, <visibility>, <ability> and <possibility>.

noble + ity --> nobility

noble + ity --> nobility

visible + ity --> visibility

possible + ity --> possibility

I understand that the final <e> gets dropped because <-ity> is a vowel suffix. I don't understand what explains the <i> that goes in between the base. We can't think of another word sum where a new letter appears in the base when we add a suffix. Is there something special about words that end in <le>?


Jasmine H.

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