Which one is correct?
He was quacking with fear.
He was quaking with fear.
In this lesson we're looking at the difference between the -ck and -ke endings,
and how it can help not only your spelling but your reading too.
Notice they both have one vowel before the -ck and -ke. But the -ke ending has a long vowel sound because of the magic 'e' silent 'e' at the end.
We drop the 'e' with -ing and still maintain the long sound: liking, baking, making
The -ck ending indicates a short vowel sound: Mick, lick, whack. It can be found in the middle of words: jacket, whacking, pocket, blockage, crackers, pucker...
In quack and quake you can see two vowels together. In English words, Q always comes with U so classed as one consonant -qu-
Let's look at those sentences from the beginning again: He was quacking was fear. He was quaking with fear. Remember -ck indicates a short vowel sound - quacking with fear. Quack! Quack!
It should be "quaking with fear". We have quake drop the 'e' and add -ing and it maintains the long vowel sound - quaking.
Check these sentences out.
Stop licking the ice-cream!
Stop liking ice-cream!
I was baking a cake for Luke. - long sounds
I was backing the car up and whacked a concrete block. - short sounds
So knowing all this not only helps your spelling but reading too.
If you'd like to understand more about spelling rules then check out my Spelling Rules Workbook- a step-by-step guide to the rules of spelling