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A five letter English word becomes shorter when 2 more letters are added to it.

  1. What is the original word?
  2. What are the 2 letters?

NOTE: I heard this puzzle from friends and don't claim my creativity

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  • $\begingroup$ You should have asked smaller, the wording gives away the answer. $\endgroup$ – Vincent Apr 14 '15 at 14:02
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    $\begingroup$ @VincentAdvocaat: because small is not a five-letter word with the same properties? $\endgroup$ – oerkelens Apr 14 '15 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ @VincentAdvocaat even smaller it self is an answer :P $\endgroup$ – Mox Shah Apr 14 '15 at 14:12
  • $\begingroup$ why did i count small as being 4 letters, sorry it's been a long day. haha $\endgroup$ – Vincent Apr 14 '15 at 14:12
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The original five-letter English word is

short

The two letters that are added to it are

er

Edit: these two also work:

Shore + tr
Sorer + ht

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I think it is

short, and then add "er" to make it shorter!

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Shore

becomes "shorter" when you add the letters

t and r

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Answer is in your question and comment only

Its

Small and Short

Add 2 more letters

Smaller and Shorter

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The word is

short + er = shorter.

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