Adding Suffixes to Words That End in Y Study Guide
Adding Suffixes to Words That End in Y
This lesson covers how to add suffixes to words that end in -y.
You'll learn which situations require you to change a final y to an i and which situations do not. In general, the rules that apply to the final y are fairly easy and consistent.
- The rules for adding endings to words that end in y are:
- If the final y follows a consonant, change it to an i when adding any ending except -ing fly + er = flier, fly + ing = flying
- If the final y follows a vowel, it does not change, regardless of the ending toy + ed = toyed, toy + ing = toying
These rules apply to all endings, with the sole exception of -ing. With the -ing ending you always keep the final y. Let's take a look at some examples.
Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at: