Spelling matters. If you want to create a good impression in your writing and make sure you get your meaning across clearly, it’s important to get your spelling right.
This section contains lots of quick-reference spelling tips. For example, if you can never remember whether the plural of potato is spelled potatoes or potatos, then you can jump straight to plurals of nouns to get some straightforward advice. There’s also a handy list of common misspellings, arranged in alphabetical order of the incorrect spellings, and a guide to the differences between British and American spelling.
If you already feel confident in your spelling skills, why not try our spelling challenge?
For more ways to improve your writing see our writing help section, or for more spelling tips see the list below:
Plurals of nouns
i before e except after c
Words containing the letter q
Forming comparative and superlative adjectives
Adding -ful or -fully
-ize, -ise, or -yse?
Adding endings to words that end in -our
Adding endings to words that end in -y
Adding endings to words that end in a double ‘l’
Verb tenses: adding -ed and -ing
Using capital letters
British and American spelling
What words in the English language contain two u's in a row?
Spelling rules and tips
Words ending in -able or -ible
Nouns ending in -acy and -asy
Words ending in -ance and -ence
Words ending in -ancy and -ency
Words ending in -ant and -ent
Words ending in -ary, -ory, and -ery
Words ending in -efy and -ify
Words ending in -ious and -eous
Words ending in -sion, -tion, and -cion
fore- or for-?