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Change the "y" to an "i" and add an "er" or an "est"

 
 
Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 07:45 pm
Mo was having problems with his spelling homework and I was trying to help him.

Many of the words were things like "happier" or "sillier" and "sorriest".

I told him to think about the root word -- happy, silly, sorry -- to listen for the long e sound and to think about if it was spelled with an "e" or a "y".

If it was a "y", you change the "y" to "i" and add an "er" or an "est".

I know that all rules of English grammar and spelling are broken (i before e, except after c or when it sounds like an a like in neighbor or weigh or some weird **** like that).

While taking my shower I tried to come up with words that broke the rule but my mind is crappy, crappier, crappiest, this time of night.

I know there has to be a word that breaks the rule!

Please tell me what it/they is/are!

Thanks!
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boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 08:06 pm
gay, gayer, gayest?

gray, grayer, grayest?

Those seem to work.

This is driving me nuts.

play, player...... no such thing as playest....

fray, frayer..... rats......

tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 08:15 pm
@boomerang,
I think the ...er and ...est works only for adjectives that's why play (is a verb), player (is a noun)... and playest doesn't exist.

gay, gayer, gayest are all adjectives.
boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 08:22 pm
@tsarstepan,
Can you think of any others?

Seriously, it took me an hour to come up with "gay" and "gray".

Is there any reason that they are treated differently -- why it isn't gaier and graiest?

How does anyone ever learn English!?
littlek
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 08:26 pm
player and grayer don't work because they end in a vowel-y combo instead of a consonant-y combo.
roger
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 08:28 pm
@boomerang,
But gay and Gray don't end in a long e sound.
boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 08:30 pm
@littlek,
So if there is a vowel before the "y" then the rule isn't the rule?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 08:31 pm
@roger,
Excellent point, roger!
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 08:33 pm
Baby, you're the ginchiest.
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JTT
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 08:59 pm
@boomerang,
Quote:
I know that all rules of English grammar and spelling are broken (i before e, except after c or when it sounds like an a like in neighbor or weigh or some weird **** like that).


http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/ar-ibe1.htm
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 09:02 pm
I gave up on the English language long ago.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 10:24 pm
@boomerang,
many - there is no "ier" or "est" in it.
How about merry - as in be merry, carry, reply are other words.

OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2009 10:47 pm

BREAK THE RULE of non-fonetic spelling!

Stand up for Mo 's right to spell foneticly,
as he woud if he were a Spaniard.





David
contrex
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2009 01:13 am
@CalamityJane,
But merrier observes the rule.
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contrex
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2009 01:13 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
Stand up for Mo 's right to spell foneticly,
as he woud if he were a Spaniard.


But they don't.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2009 01:42 am
@contrex,
contrex wrote:

Quote:
Stand up for Mo 's right to spell foneticly,
as he woud if he were a Spaniard.


But they don't.

but thay shoud !
contrex
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2009 03:13 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
but thay shoud !


¿Por qué?
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2009 03:43 am
@contrex,
contrex wrote:

Quote:
but thay shoud !


¿Por qué?
Por que it makes life easier.
contrex
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2009 04:12 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
Por que it makes life easier.


Some people find complication stimulating and challenging; dumbing down to the LCD may have bad as well as good consequences.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2009 04:15 am
@contrex,
contrex wrote:

Quote:
Por que it makes life easier.


Some people find complication stimulating and challenging; dumbing down to the LCD may have bad as well as good consequences.

By that reassoning, for the benefit of those people,
we shoud interfere with smoothly organized systems
to introduce unnecessary troubles n inconveniences.
 

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