A Common-school Dictionary of the English Language, Explanatory, Pronouncing, and Synonymous: With an Appendix Containing Various Useful Tables

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William Greenleaf Webster, William Adolphus Wheeler
J.B. Lippincott, 1868 - English language - 380 pages
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Page ii - suretyship, ladyship, and the like, also retain the y. The words babyhood and ladykin, are likewise exceptions. 14. Derivatives formed by affixing a terminatIon to words ending In y, preceded by a vowel, generally retain the y unchanged: as gay, gayety, gayly; sway, swayed; obey, obeying; buy, buying. The words daily, laid, paid, said, saith, slain, and staid (from day, lay, pay,
Page i - hateful; chaste, chastely, chasteness; move, movement. When, however, the e Is Immediately preceded by another vowel (except e), it Is often dropped from the derivative: as, due, duly; argue, argument; true, truly; awe, awful; and the derivatives and compounds of these words The words wholly,
Page iv - It may be remarked that most of those in respect to which usage varies are more frequently written In England with the termination ise, and In the United States with the termination ize. 32. The words mold and molt, and their compounds and derivatives, are written In this Dictionary wIth
Page iv - Of those formed from French words other than prendre, or which have corresponding forms in the French, a majority end In ize, though In respect to some of them usage Is variable. The following are the principal English verbs ending In ise: namely, advertise, advise, affranchise, apprise, catechise, chastise, circumcise, comprise, compromise, criticise, demise, despise, devise, disenfranchise, disfranchise, disguise, divertise,
Page i - 11. In derivatives formed from words ending with silent e, when the termination begins with a vowel, the e Is generally omitted, except In the cases mentioned In the next paragraph: as, bride, bridal; guide, guidance; plume, plumage; use, usage; grieve, grievance;
Page ii - and wherefore's of the question.” 19. Nouns ending in y preceded by a consonant form their plural by adding es and changIng y Into i:
Page ii - and wherever. 18. The plural of nouns regularly ends In s, or, In certain classes of words, in es. When the noun In the singular ends with such a sound that the sound of s can unite with It, and be pronounced without forming a separate syllable, s only Is added in
Page iii - cupful, cupfuls; handful, handfuls. 27. There are many words, besides those mentioned in the preceding paragraphs, In respect to which usage, even that of the best authors, is variable. The most Important of these words are mentioned in this and the succeeding sections. The derivatIves of the word villain,

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