The UVic Writer's Guide
- When combining words with suffixes, drop the final "e" only if
the suffix begins with a vowel, e.g.. bike/biking or fame/famous.
- If the suffix starts with a consonant the "e" remains, e.g.. love/loveless.
- The rule does not apply if the "e" is preceded by a "c" or a "g"
(courage/courageous) or if the change will cause confusion (an "e" is needed to differentiate
between singing and singeing).
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