spelling - At its best, English spelling can be perplexing,...

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© Capital Community College At its best, English spelling can be perplexing, especially for non-native speakers and writers. The following rules and suggestions are offered as aids. You will always be able to find exceptions to these rules, but most writers find them helpful.
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© Capital Community College i before e , except after c . . . . ach ie ve, bel ie ve, b ie r, br ie f, hyg ie ne, gr ie f, th ie f, fr ie nd, gr ie ve, ch ie f, f ie nd, pat ie nce, p ie rce, pr ie st c ei ling, con c ei ve, de c ei ve, per c ei ve, re c ei pt, re c ei ve, de c ei t, con c ei t . . . and in words that rhyme with hay. . . n ei ghbor, fr ei ght, b ei ge, sl ei gh, w ei ght, v ei n, and w ei gh . . . and some other exceptions. . . . ei ther, n ei ther, f ei nt, for ei gn, forf ei t, h ei ght, l ei sure, w ei rd, s ei ze
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© Capital Community College A f inal y changes to i when an ending is added . supply becomes supplies worry becomes worried merry becomes merrier . . . except when that ending is -ing . . . crying , studying . . . And when the y is preceded by a vowel. . . . obeyed , saying
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© Capital Community College A silent e is dropped when adding an ending that begins with a vowel . . . advance +
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ENGLISH 110 taught by Professor Lisathomas during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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