- Spelling -
In our opening paragraph several words have been misspelled:
... happyly ... ... plaiful ...
The spelling rule here involves what to do with the letter y at the end of a word to which we wish to add a suffix. Our spelling rule gives us guidance:
Rule: To add a suffix to a word ending in the letter y,
(1) if the y is preceded by a consonant, change the y to an i:
bounty + ful = bountiful breezy + ness = breeziness
(2) if the y is preceded by a vowel, keep the y:
try + ed = tried busy + ly = busily
silly + er = sillier happy + ly = happily
Exceptions: carrying, drying, shyer, dryly, wryness
joy + ous = joyous employ + ment = employment
buoy + ed = buoyed play + ful = playful
Exceptions: day + ly = daily gay + ly = gaily
In this lesson on words, we end with some practice on commonly misspelled words. Say each word out loud, put a finger over the word, and then spell it out loud. It should take but a few minutes; it really will help improve your spelling skills.
Note that we have underlined the letters where most spelling mistakes are made.