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Lesson 1   Final silent e words and suffixes


please + ant = pleasant observe + ant = observant
resemble + ance = resemblance guide + ance = guidance
propose + al = proposal rehearse + al = rehearsal
practice + al = practical globe + al = global
ignite + ion = ignition indicate + ion = indication
enclose + ure = enclosure legislate + ure = legislature
finance + ial = financial race + ial = racial
rescue + ing = rescuing argue + ing = arguing
raise + ing = raising write + ing = writing
relate + ive = relative cooperate + ive = cooperative
TERMS TO KNOW:  A suffix is a word ending that changes the use of a word.

1.What eight different suffixes have been added to form spelling words?
 
________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________
 
2.Does each suffix begin with a consonant or a vowel? ___________________
 
3.Before the suffix is added, each word ends with a letter that is not pronounced.

What is that final silent letter? _____________

 
4.What happens to the final silent letter when the suffix is added?

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Lesson Generalization
When you add a suffix that begins with a vowel to a word that ends with a silent e, drop the final e.

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