Spelling

Some useful spelling rules

May 23, 2013

When the word ends in a consonant If the accent falls on the last syllable, the consonant is doubled to form the past tense. So we have Occur –> occurred Transfer –>  transferred When the word ends in a short vowel + consonant, the final consonant is not usually doubled to form the past tense. […]

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Words ending in -ise and -ize

July 21, 2011

Many English words can be spelt with either –ise and –ize. In American English, the spelling with –ize is preferred. In British English, both forms are usually possible. Examples are: British English American English Realize / realise Realize Mechanize / mechanise Mechanize Computerize / computerise Computerize Baptize / baptise Baptize Some words have –ise in […]

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Spelling and Pronunciation

November 9, 2010

Words ending in -ize and -ise In British English some words can be spelt with either -ize or -ise. In American English, the forms with -ize is more common. Examples are given below: British English Realize / realise Computerize / computerise Mechanize / mechanise Baptize / baptise American English Realize Mechanize Computerize Baptize Most words […]

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Words ending in ‘ar’, ‘er’, ‘or’, ‘our’, ‘re’, ‘ure’, ‘ur’

November 5, 2010

The pronunciation of these different terminations is often very similar. In fact, it is not easy to decide when to use one or another. The lists given below give some common words ending in each of these terminations and these should be learned by heart. Note that this is not an exhaustive list. Words ending […]

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Spelling : capital letters

November 2, 2010

Capital letters are used at the beginning of the following kinds of words. 1. the names of days, months and public holidays. The names of seasons do not usually begin with capital letters. Sunday; Monday; Friday January; March, August Christmas; Easter; summer; autumn; winter; spring 2. the names of people and places, including stars and […]

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Useful Spelling Rules – Part II

November 2, 2010

‘se’ and ‘ce’; ‘sy’ and ‘cy’ When two words, verb and noun, are spelt alike, ‘se’ and ‘sy’ are verb endings; ‘ce’ and ‘cy’ are noun endings. The following are therefore verbs: license, practise, prophesy, advise. The following are nouns: licence, practice, prophecy, advice Promise is an exception to this rule. It is a noun. […]

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Some useful spelling rules

October 31, 2010

Rule 1 When a weak verb ends in a short vowel + consonant, the final consonant is not doubled to form the past tense, unless the accent falls on the last syllable. Budget – budgeted (NOT budgetted) Offer – offered (NOT offerred) Benefit – benefited (NOT benefitted) Notes Worship is an exception to this rule. […]

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