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Spelling words ending with -le, -el and -al.

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'Towel', 'critical' and 'apple' all have the same pronunciation at the end of the word. So how do you know which spelling to use? Get help here.

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Spelling words ending with -le, -el and -al.

  1. 1. Spelling - el - al - le endings by Johanna Stirling The English Language Garden
  2. 2. trav el , loc al, examp le <ul><li>All three endings sound the same – so how do you know which one to use? </li></ul><ul><li>There are no rules… </li></ul><ul><li>… but here’s some help </li></ul>
  3. 4. And the answers are: -le -al -el
  4. 5. So if you don’t know which ending <ul><li>(and there’s no dictionary about) </li></ul><ul><li>use the –le ending </li></ul><ul><li>(for a 70% chance of being right!) </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Now look at this … </li></ul>
  6. 7. What do the letters in each of these two groups of have in common? <ul><li>b d f h k l t </li></ul><ul><li>g j p q y </li></ul>
  7. 8. These <ul><li>b d f h k l t </li></ul><ul><li>all have ‘sticks’ </li></ul><ul><li>(parts of the letter that are tall) </li></ul>
  8. 9. And these <ul><li>g j p q y </li></ul><ul><li>all have tails </li></ul><ul><li>(parts that drop below the line) </li></ul>
  9. 10. Do you notice anything about these words? <ul><li>table, apple, candle, single, rifle, cattle </li></ul><ul><li>They all end with _____ . </li></ul><ul><li>The letter before this ending has a _______ or a _______ . </li></ul>
  10. 11. And these? <ul><li>towel, travel, tunnel, camel, local, usual </li></ul><ul><li>They all end with ___ or ___ . </li></ul><ul><li>The letter before this ending has/hasn’t got a stick or tail. </li></ul>
  11. 12. See? <ul><li>table, apple, candle, single, rifle, cattle </li></ul><ul><li>towel, travel, tunnel, camel, local, usual </li></ul><ul><li>ta b le , ap p le , can d le , sin g le , ri f le , cat t le, to w el tra v el , tun n el , ca m el , lo c al , us u al </li></ul>
  12. 13. It’s not always true, but often <ul><li>-le words have a letter with a stick or tail before the ending </li></ul><ul><li>-al and –el words have a letter without a stick or tail before the ending. </li></ul>
  13. 14. For much more on spelling visit The English Language Garden and The Spelling Blog …
  14. 15. The Spelling Blog http://thespellingblog.blogspot.com and English Language Garden www.elgweb.net

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