Avoid Spelling Errors with These Four Simple Tips

by HeatherGeo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Four spelling rules to help your business and personal writing shine. 

 1. Use an  i before e except after c or when sounded like “ay” as in neighbor and weigh.

i before e – relieve, believe, sieve, niece, fierce,

e before i – receive, deceive, sleigh, freight, eight

Exceptions: seize, either, weird, height, foreign, leisure

 

2. Drop the “e” when adding a suffix that begins with a vowel (a,e,i,o,u). Keep the “e” if the suffix begins with a consonant (any letter that is not a vowel).

achieve, achievement

desire, desiring

care, careful

entire, entirety

remove, removable

exceptions: changeable, judgement, argument, truly

 

3. Take the Y – when adding s or d to words that end in y change the y to an ie when the y is preceded by a consonant but not when it’s preceded by a vowel.

comedy, comedies

dry, dried

monkey, monkeys

play, played

 

4. Add “s” to nouns ending in “o” when the “o” is preceded by a vowel. Add “es” when it is preceded by a consonant.

radio, radios                               hero, heros

video videos                               tomatoes, tomatoes

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