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Words Ending in Y. Change the y to i …. Brought to you by V. Hinkle. Rule #1. When a word ends in -y , change the -y to -i before adding suffixes -s , -ed , -ly , -ness , or -age . Examples. Cit y Cit i es Marr y Marr i ed Marr i age Bus y Bus i ness. Rule #2.

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words ending in y

Words Ending in Y

Change the y to i…

Brought to you by V. Hinkle

rule 1
Rule #1
  • When a word ends in -y,
  • change the -y to -i
  • before adding suffixes
  • -s, -ed, -ly, -ness, or -age.
examples
Examples
  • City
  • Cities
  • Marry
  • Married
  • Marriage
  • Busy
  • Business
rule 2
Rule #2
  • Keep the -Y when adding -ing,
  • to avoid having two i’s in a row.
  • Marry
  • Marrying
  • Try
  • Trying
rule 3
Rule #3
  • If the final -y
  • has a vowel (aeiou) before it,
  • Keep the -y
  • When adding a suffix.
  • Say
  • Saying
  • Says
  • Exception:said
exceptions sorry
Exceptions (sorry!)
  • Shy
  • Shyly
  • Sly
  • Slyly
but here is a memory trick
But here is a memory trick:
  • shyly
  • The kitten peeked shyly as she hurried yet looked yearningly at the food.
marr y ed

marry+-ed

Final -y

Change -y to -i

married

marr y age

marry+-age

Final -y

Change -y to -i

marriage

marr y ing

marry+-ing

Final -y

Avoid 2 i’s in a row

marrying

happ y ness

happy+-ness

Final -y

Change -y to -i

happiness

bus y ness

busy+-ness

Final -y

Change -y to -i

business

bus y ly

busy+-ly

Final -y

Change -y to -i

busily

pl a y ed

play+-ed

Vowel before final -y

Keep the -y

played

what looks like an exception
What looks like an exception…
  • Ski (a foreign word)
  • Ski never had a -y.
  • Skiing
  • skied
now you re ready for

Now you’re ready for…

the FINAL EXAM.

Review again?