Some words follow a spelling rule. Unfortunately, there are exceptions to most rules. Here are a few useful ones:
“i before e” rule
i before e, except after c whenever the sound is “ee”. If the sound is not “ee”, it is ei
For example: believe but deceive.
Height – sound is not “ee”
Learn the spellings and meanings of these words:
- “ee” . achieve, brief, grief, hygiene, piece, yield
- “ee after c”. ceiling, deceit, conceive, receipt, receive .
- “not ee”. eight, foreign, freight, height, neighbour
“full and ful” rule
“full” at the end of a word becomes “ful”. useful .
“till and til” rule
“till” at the end of a word becomes “til”. until .
“all and al” rule
“all” at the start of a word becomes “al”. almost .
Learn the spellings and meanings of the following words: