By the end of this activity you will be able to: Recognise when to change the ‘y’ to an ‘i’when creating words.

Look carefully at these words which end in -y and think about the changes when a suffix is added. What do you notice?

worry + ing = worrying – If the suffix you are adding begins with an -i, leave the -y alone. (Double -i isn’t right – worriing)

worry + ed = worried – If there’s a consonant before the -y, change the -y to -i.

enjoy + ed = enjoyed – If there’s a vowel before the -y, the -y doesn’t change.

And lastly, if a word has only one syllable and ends in -y, then you only need to change the -y to an -i if you are adding -ed or -es.

try + es = tries try + ed = tried try + ing = trying

Do these word sums to make new words.

Change 'y' to 'i'?

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