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KHAWLA ALZIOD
Jordan

Spelling
 
Hello everyone ,
 I would be grateful if anyone answered me this question ?

When we add the noun suffix   " -ment "   to some  verbs such as  :
 argue            argument         the    e  is deleted  .
excite            excitement       the  e   is  not deleted  .
 
Is there a rule for this  ?

Thanks for you all .

   

18 Feb 2014      



a.antonides
Spain

It has to do with pronunciation: magic E:-)  Excitement needs the E to keep the ´ai ´ ´sound. When you remove it, it ´ll sound like ´i ´. Hope it ´s helpful.

18 Feb 2014     



yanogator
United States

Good answer, a.antonides.
 
I would say that argument and judgment are just exceptions to the rule. I can ´t think of any others.
 
Bruce

18 Feb 2014