If speaking properly can sometimes be overlooked or forgiven, mistakes in writing are a whole other matter.
They can mean the difference between your proposal, job application or school assignment being embraced or thrown out and one of the most unforgivable sins in writing are spelling errors, this is why spelling tips can be very helpful.
See Also: English Expression You Are Using Wrong
The spelling tips featured below may be common to some people, but we hope this post serves as both a reminder and a lesson, to enable you write better and in that way, move closer to realizing your aspirations and dreams.
Five Helpful Spelling Tips
V Does Not Do These
V never ends a word, if you see a word ending with V, it is safe to assume that it is an abbreviation, acronym, or a foreign word. If the words end sounds out a V, the word ends with an E. For example; glove, gave or sieve.
V also does not double. The two words where you notice V doubling (skivvies and divvy) are described by the dictionary as informal words. Some other letters which also do not double save for very rare cases are K, J, W, or X.
I before E, except after C
This is one of the more common rules but what most people fail to realize is that there is a rest of the rhyme that helps explain completely some of the exceptions you may encounter to the rule. It goes like this;
I before E, except after C
Or when sounded as A, as in neighbor and weigh.
And “weird” is just weird.
To Use S or IES?
To make a noun plural, you would normally add an S but some words that end in Y deviate from that norm. A quick example would be baby with a plural form of babies.
To know when to change Y to IES, consider the letter before the Y. If the letter is a vowel, then add an S, if there is a consonant before the Y, replace the Y with IES.
For example; essay → essays and sky → skies
Q Never Stands Alone
If you consider words that harness the letter Q like quake, quota, queue, you will quickly anticipate this rule. In English, the letter Q is always followed by the letter U.
That is not the case in other languages, so the exceptions to this rule would be borrowed words like Qatar (the name of a country along the Persian Gulf).
When an E is a keeper in the case of suffixes
The noun ‘fate’ becomes the adjective ‘fateful’ when you add the -ful to the end without dropping the E. In another case however, you would change the noun ‘love’ to the adjective ‘lovable’ by adding the suffix -able and letting go of the E.
Your omission of the E should depend on the suffix. You keep the final E when adding suffixes that begin with consonants. Suffixes that begin with a vowel, such as -able, require you to eliminate the final E.