Some Spelling Rules

4,623 views

Published on

Published in: Education, Technology
0 Comments
2 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
4,623
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
11
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
98
Comments
0
Likes
2
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Some Spelling Rules

  1. 1. Some Spelling Rules At its best, English spelling can be perplexing, especially for non-native speakers and writers. The following rules and suggestions are offered as aids. You will always be able to find exceptions to these rules, but most writers find them helpful.
  2. 2. i before e , except after c . . . . ach ie ve, bel ie ve, br ie f, hyg ie ne, gr ie f, th ie f, fr ie nd, gr ie ve, ch ie f, f ie nd, pat ie nce, p ie rce, pr ie st c ei ling, con c ei ve, de c ei ve, per c ei ve, re c ei pt, re c ei ve, de c ei t, con c ei t . . . and in words that rhyme with hay. . . n ei ghbour, fr ei ght, b ei ge, sl ei gh, w ei ght, v ei n, and w ei gh . . . and some other exceptions. . . . ei ther, n ei ther, f ei nt, for ei gn, forf ei t, h ei ght, l ei sure, w ei rd, s ei ze
  3. 3. A f inal y changes to i when an ending is added . supply becomes suppl ies worry becomes worr ied merry becomes merr ier . . . except when that ending is -ing . . . cr ying , stud ying . . . And when the y is preceded by a vowel. . . . ob eyed , s aying Some spelling rules
  4. 4. A silent e is dropped when adding an ending that begins with a vowel . . . advance + -ing = advancing surprise + -ing = surprising . . . but kept when the ending begins with a consonant . . . advance ment , like ness . . . unless the e is preceded by a vowel. . . . argue + -ment = argument true + -ly = truly Some spelling rules
  5. 5. Adding a prefix seldom changes the spelling of a word. mis spelled un necessary dis satisfied dis interested mis inform Some spelling rules
  6. 6. We form plurals in English by adding -s or -es . shoe s porch es box es bush es blitz es For words ending in a consonant plus -y , change the -y to -i and add -es . For proper nouns, keep the -y . toy s compani es Kennedy s Some spelling rules
  7. 7. When adding an ending to a word that ends in a consonant, we double that consonant when the ending begins with a vowel and the last syllable of the word is accented and that syllable ends in a single vowel followed by a single consonant. Now that’s a mouthful! Let’s look at some examples. . . . Some spelling rules
  8. 8. ADMIT + -ed = ADMITTED When adding an ending to a word that ends in a consonant, we double that consonant when the ending begins with a vowel and the last syllable of the word is accented and that syllable ends in a single vowel followed by a single consonant. ADMIT is accented on the last syllable and the final consonant is preceded by a vowel, so we double the t before adding, for instance, an -ing or -ed : admitting, admitted. Some spelling rules
  9. 9. FLAP + -ed = FLAPPED When adding an ending to a word that ends in a consonant, we double that consonant when the ending begins with a vowel and the last syllable of the word is accented and that syllable ends in a single vowel followed by a single consonant. FLAP contains only one syllable, which means that syllable has to be accented. The final consonant is preceded by a vowel, so we double that final consonant: flapped, flapping. Some spelling rules
  10. 10. BEGIN + -ing = BEGINNING When adding an ending to a word that ends in a consonant, we double that consonant when the ending begins with a vowel and the last syllable of the word is accented and that syllable ends in a single vowel followed by a single consonant. BEGIN contains two syllables and the final consonant is preceded by a vowel, and the word is accented on the last syllable, so we double the consonant before adding an ending: beginner, beginning Some spelling rules
  11. 11. DESPAIR + -ed = DESPAIRED When adding an ending to a word that ends in a consonant, we double that consonant when the ending begins with a vowel and the last syllable of the word is accented and that syllable ends in a single vowel followed by a single consonant. DESPAIR contains two syllables, and the final syllable is accented, but the final consonant is preceded by two vowels, not a single vowel, so we don’t double that final consonant when we add an ending. Some spelling rules
  12. 12. Becoming a better speller is a matter of personal commitment and finding your own method to add this important skill to your writing arsenal. Also, take the spelling quizzes on the List of Interactive Quizzes . Good luck!

×