Isabel G.

asked • 07/22/21

Doubling of consonants

The word transfer is confusing me as far as the doubling of consonant before the suffix. “Fer” words have their own set of rules. The rules are clear except that I have NEVER in the US heard the word pronounced with the accent on the second syllable. Yet, in the Merriam Webster dictionary online, it is pronounced with the accent on either syllable and everywhere I’ve looked to find the proper method of adding a suffix shows that the “r” IS DOUBLED before adding the suffix. Is this an exception to English grammar because I have never learned this? Is this new because, being almost 70, I’d better get with the times. Rules are out the door, I guess. Thanking you in advance. Isabel

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Mohamed R. answered • 07/25/21

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