5 Spelling Rules for Today

  1. The   “i” before “e”  rule is in a poem by Jef Raskin tells you how you should spell words which have the letters “ie”  or “ei” in them.

“I before E    / Except after C,  /  Unless pronounced A  /  As in ‘neighbor’ or ‘weigh'”

Example: receive – ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after c .   friend  : In this word, there is no ‘c’, so it is ‘i’ before ‘e’.  Read the whole poem to find out what the exceptions to this rule are.

Where do I double my letter for my  Verbs and   Adjectives?

2.  If  your verb has only one Syllable (mono-syllabic) with a consonant at the end as in, sin – sinner,    fit – fitted,  sit – sitting, writ – written

3.  Monosyllabic Adjectives ending with a consonant double up before you can add the suffix  -est  to them, as in : fat – fattest, big – biggest, thin – thinnest.

Where do I use  the  plural suffix  -ies?

4.  Generally if a Noun ends with a consonant and ‘y’ as in,   country , baby,  spy, cry, try,  fly etc.

5.  Why does the word “written” have double ‘t’ but the word “writing” has one?

The reason is this, the word “written” comes from the word “writ” , whereas ‘writing’ comes from the root verb, ‘write’.

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