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

  • $\begingroup$ 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

The original five-letter English word is


The two letters that are added to it are


Edit: these two also work:

Shore + tr
Sorer + ht


I think it is

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



becomes "shorter" when you add the letters

t and r


Answer is in your question and comment only


Small and Short

Add 2 more letters

Smaller and Shorter


The word is

short + er = shorter.


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