Doubling Consonants when Adding a Suffix
That's the question.
This is an area where lots of good spellers are unsure.
So, let's look at the problem.
If, for example, we want to write the word plan + ing,
is it planing or planning?
Do we leave the base word alone or do we double the n?
Are we planing a trip to China or planning a trip?
Luckily there's a very useful pattern to help us.
It might sound complicated at first but it's
one of the most useful patterns to know about.
If the base word has:
one short vowel
Sounds complicated doesn't it? But some examples will help:
slip has one syllable, one short vowel (i) and one consonant (p) at the end so: