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The "general rule" that I was referring to was the one that states
that a vowel at the end of a syllable gives the other vowel in the
syllable the long sound and that a consonant at the end of a syllable
gives the other vowel in the syllable the short sound.
I didn't intend to imply that this would also always continue to be
true when a suffix (like "ing") is added to the word. I was merely
using this as a background explanation of why I preferred the word
"scaleable" as opposed to "scalable".
While we're on the subject of "general rule in Oklahoma", there is
something that I have been wondering for quite some time.
Most of the people I know pronouce the letter "o" in words like corn
and orange with the long o sound. The dictionaries indicate that the
short o sound should be used for these types of words. I've wondered
which parts of the country use which pronunciation.
> Because the e at the end of a syllable determines the pronunciation
> of the other vowel in the syllable, I would opt for scaleable (sounds
> like pale as opposed to scalable (sounds like pal). There may be
> exceptions to this rule. But, this is generally true.
>Not to flame, Virginia, but I'd like some examples of this
>thing you say is 'generally true.' I suppose everything has
>exceptions (with exceptions, of course) but just off the top
>of my head: