Spelling Rules

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”

Activity

Learn the spellings and meanings of these words:

  1. “ee” . achieve, brief, grief, hygiene, piece, yield
  2. “ee after c”.  ceiling, deceit, conceive, receipt, receive .
  3. “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 .

Activity

Learn the spellings and meanings of the following words:

  1. beautiful
  2. skilful
  3. helpful
  4. until