Spelling tips

Here are eight spelling rules you should learn and use.

A word that ends with the sound of “v” is spelled with the letters “ve” at its end. *Examples: shave, above, effective

The letter “i” comes before “e” except after “c.” *Examples: believe, field, tried (but not receive)

When a word ends with “y” preceded by a consonant, form the plural of the word by changing the “y” to “i” and adding “es.” *Examples: countries, carries, ladies

Drop the final silent “e” when adding a suffix that begins with a vowel. *Examples: changing, notable, nervous

Keep the final silent “e” when adding a suffix that begins with a consonant. *Examples: useful, lovely, hopeless

When a one-syllable word ends in a vowel followed by a consonant, double the final consonant when adding a suffix. *Examples: topped, swimmer, hitting

The letter “q” in a word is followed by “u.” *Examples: quick, antique, equation

Do not change the spelling of a word when adding a prefix to it. *Examples: remove, triangle, misspell

http://www.how-to-study.com/study-skills/en/language-arts/14/useful-spelling-rules/

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