There are some tricky English words, like necessary, Mediterranean, or rhythm, whose spelling you just have to learn. But plenty of others do follow special rules.
Here are some straightforward guidelines to help you with the spelling of everyday words:
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
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
fore- or for-?
Words ending in -ious and -eous
Words ending in -sion, -tion, and -cion
Using capital letters
Use our Grammar A-Z for help understanding words like adverb, noun, and adjective.
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