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Why does "edited" have one "t" and and "emitted" has two? "Edit" and "emit" are so similar in spelling and pronunciation. I keep wanting to type "editted" for some reason.

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    When you figure that out, maybe you can do clarinetist/clarinettist for us.
    – GEdgar
    Apr 30, 2015 at 16:47

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It depends on where the stress is. If the stress is on the final syllable, the consonant will usually be doubled.

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Because the stress is different. Emit is stressed on the second syllable, edit on the first.

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