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leaving 'e'

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leaving 'e'

Postby googl » Tue Sep 28, 2004 8:37 am

Dear teachers,

is there any rule there? why 'e' is omitted when adding suffix?

actor + ess -> actress
waiter + ess -> waitress
enter + ance -> entrance
enter + y -> entry

but emperor + ess -> empress. When should I omit 'e' (or 'o')?
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Postby Alan » Tue Sep 28, 2004 10:46 am

It's normally omitted, but there is no 'rule' as such. Simply learn each form as you go!
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omitting 'e' - continued

Postby googl » Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:19 am

Are there any other letters which are omitted in this way too? If yes, could You name some? (is it only with 'o' and 'e'?)
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Postby Alan » Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:37 pm

'E' is the only letter that is commonly omitted in compounds or extensions. Others may be from time to time.
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