Some useful spelling rules


1)  “i before e except after c” is perhaps the most well known spelling rule of all in English, but it doesn’t apply to all spellings with those letters in them.

e.g.    ‘receive’ is one word where it works, but some exceptions are ‘weird’ and ‘neighbour’.


2) Words ending in ‘i’, ‘u’ or ‘v’ have an e added to them. e.g. pie, argue, save

Note: there are some words in the English language that do end in ‘i’, ‘u’ or ‘v’, but all these are foreign words which have been accepted into the English language.

e.g.    confetti, spaghetti (Italian),  guru (Indian)   Molotov (Russian)


3) When using changing nouns which have ‘ce’ or ‘cy’ in them into verbs, the ‘c’ is replaced by an ‘s’.   e.g. practice = practise


4) If a word ends in ‘ll’, one ‘l’ is removed when it becomes part of a compound word.

e.g.    help + full = helpful

For more information on Spelling rules please go to the Primary English Directory available from this website