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«My spelling is wobbly. It’s good spelling but it wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.» A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
More than one-tenth of English words are not spelt the way they sound. The English have the overwhelming tendency to leave letters even though they are no longer pronounced (for example the g in weight or daughter, or the b in subtle, or the p in pneumonia)
Then there is another problem. Many words that sound the same are spelt differently. aloud/allowed beach/beech fair/fare knot/not pale/pail plane/plain
A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelt the same or differently.
Here are the correct spelling of commonly misspelt words accidentally millennium accommodate necessary association niece business privilege cemetery separate definite sincerely embarrass height grammar liaison
In these commonly confused noun/verb pairs, the noun has a c and the verb has an s. NOUN VERB advice advise practice practise device devise prophecy prophesy licence license
A spelling rule The most famous spelling rule is ‘i’ before ‘e’ Except after ‘c’, although this does not work for ancient, foreign, neither, protein, science or lots of other words. It really applies only to certain words in which the ie or ei makes an ee sound: achieve, receive, deceive.
So even the most famous spelling rule works only in a very limited set of circumstances. There is really no way round than reading a lot, taking note of unfamiliar words investing in a good dictionary.
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