There are some general rules that can help when checking your spelling. For example:
'i' before 'e' except after 'c'
Notice how the ‘i’ comes before the ‘e’ in believe, achieve and retrieve.
But after a ‘c’ the ‘e’ comes before the ‘i’ as in receive, ceiling and deceit (beware that the word weird likes to break this rule - perhaps because it is weird!).
Take care when using the past tense. You usually need to add ‘-ed’ to a verb, though some verbs need extra consonants as well.
Here are some examples of verbs that add ‘-ed’ in the past tense:
If a verb is three letters in length and ends in a consonant, you will usually need to double the consonant before you add ‘-ed’. For example:
Some verbs have irregular spellings in the past tense. You might need to invent mnemonics to remember these. For example:
If you’re using the –ing form of a verb – walking, running, seeing – the rules are similar to those for past tense.
If the word ends in a consonant, you can usually simply add ‘–ing’.
If a verb is three letters in length and ends in a consonant, you will usually need to double the consonant before you add ‘-ing. For example:
Another rule which may help is to know that when changing a verb, words that originally end in an 'e' (such as ‘have’) will lose that 'e' when you add 'ing', (‘having’).
Some words contain silent letters. These are not spoken aloud. For example:
Silent w - wrong, write, wrap, wrist
Silent b - climb, comb, thumb, lamb
Silent k - knowledge, knuckle, knee, knife
Look at the list of commonly misspelt words and notice those that you are less confident about. Spend some time coming up with a mnemonic to remember the spelling and practise using the words when you can:
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