Modifying Verbs Ending In “E”

Still struggling with verbs? You’re not alone.  Even though they’re the co-anchor of pretty much every sentence you’ve ever used, it isn’t all that unusual for people to still be confused about them.  In fact, if  we only recorded statistics for them, I’ll bet most grammar software end up having to fix a whole slew of verb errors – they’re that common.

Here’s some quick advice for handling action words that end in “e”.  Hopefully, they’ll help clear up some specific confusion for you.

1. Silent “e”

With a silent “e”, you can simply drop the last letter, adding an “-ing” for the present continuous and an “-ed” for the past tense.

Example: create – creating – created

2. One syllable verbs ending in “-ye”, “-oe” or “-nge”

With words that fall in one of these three situations, you typically add “-ing” after the “e” for the present continuous.  For the past tense, you can drop the “e” and add in an “-ed” as with the silent “e”.

Example: binge  – bingeing – binged

3. Base forms that end in “ie” or “ee”

For words in this base form, simply add a “d” to the end for the past tense and you’re done.

Example: disagree – disagreed