Many words end in -ible and -able. Sometimes it is difficult to remember which spelling to use.
The -ible ending is for words of Latin origin. There are about 180 words ending in -ible. No new words are being created with -ible endings. Here are the most common examples:
The -able ending is for:
Rule of thumb
- some Latin words, for example: dependable
- non-Latin words, for example: affordable, renewable, washable
- new (modern) words, for example: networkable, windsurfable
This rule can help you decide the correct spelling. It works most (but not all!) of the time. Remember, if you are not sure about a word, it is probably best to use a dictionary. Here is the rule:
- If you remove -able from a word, you are left with a complete word.
- If you remove -ible from a word, you are not left with a complete word (note that accessible, contemptible, digestible, flexible and suggestible above are among the exceptions to this rule).
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
or is that "UN-IBLE"?... i'll never know... for anyone who is curiousible, here's what i've found out: