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  • tjbatok
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    7 June, 2010 at 16:08
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    Any insight as to why newer is not spelled newwer? It looks like it should fit the one vowel + one consonant rule. I’ve consulted a couple of grammar books (Swan and Harmer) but can’t seem to figure it out.

    Thanks.

    Tom

    tjbatok
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    8 June, 2010 at 15:09
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    Reply To: Comparative exception

    A friend and fellow teacher found the answer. In "English Grammar in Use," Third edition, Raymond Murphy says "we do not double y or w at the end of words. (At the end of words y and w are not consonants.)"

    Thanks to all who viewed the post.

    Tom

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