Anniversay: final -t omission question

Hi, all! This is Erik/Narbleh from the old MSN forum. Apparently it's using my nerdy conlang blog as my username :)

Header 176 on page 98 of the manual explains the exceptions to the omission of -t at the ends of some words, but not why these words need it.

It looks like -tent words get the -t, just not -dent ones. Is that always true?

The others, I can't discern a pattern. The only ambiguity that I see being avoided is less/least... as for the rest, I'm not sure!

Thanks for your insight :)

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