Correct spelling is a fundamental skill that everyone needs to learn. It can help people communicate effectively and avoid misunderstandings with others in their writing.
Despite a growing skepticism about the value of spelling skills, research shows that proper spelling is important. It’s also an effective way to make people think you take pride in your work and care about your words.
The English language is full of spelling rules, which are not always applied in the same way to every word. Here are a few tips to help you learn and remember them:
One-Syllable Words with Vowel in Middle (Short-Vowel Rule): The vowel in one-syllable words has a short sound, such as cat, dog, man, hat, mom, dad, got.
Two-Syllable Words with Vowel at End: The vowel in the middle of two-syllable words usually has a short sound, such as staff, ball, pass.
Add an -s to Make the Plural: Nouns ending in -ce or -ge usually add an -s to form the plural. The Oxford Dictionaries have some more common rules to make the plural correctly:
Verbs that End in -ise, -ize or -yze are spelled as they normally are: a verb is spelled if it ends in a consonant, such as a, e, i, o, u, or z, and if it has an -s before the word.
Apostrophes in Contractions: The apostrophe is added to contractions when there are missing letters, such as in can’t and old. Apostrophes should be placed exactly where there are missing letters, as in can’t’s and old’s apostrophes.