Here's something weird. I made a typo today in an essay and got minus points for writing "noticable" rather than "noticeable".

I thought you drop the vowel at the end of the verb when you add -able.

Why is it "noticeable" and not "noticable"?


Words do not always drop their final vowel when a suffix is added to them. Usually, I think, it is based on pronunciation.

'Pleasurable' can be easily pronounced.

'Noticable' looks like it ought to be pronounced 'notickable'.

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