Spelling Tutorial: How To Spell Words That End In F, S, and L

Have you ever noticed patterns in the way English words are spelt? Words ending in the letters f, s, and l, tend to follow a pattern (though there are always exceptions). In this spelling tutorial, we list some spelling rules for words that end in f, s, and l.

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Rule 1

The letters f, s, and l at the end of words of one syllable and coming immediately after a single vowel are generally doubled: eg, cliff, gross, stroll). Other consonants are rarely doubled: eg, job, tip, cat).

Rule 2

The letters f and s (but not l) at the end of words of more than one syllable and coming immediately after single vowels are frequently doubled: eg, sheriff, surpass).

Rule 3

The letters f, s, and l at the end of words and coming immediately after double vowels (or vowels that sound like double vowels; ie, diphthongs) are rarely doubled: eg, sheaf, stool; exception: guess)

Rule 4

Derivatives of words that are formed by prefixing or adding one or more syllables to words ending in double consonants commonly retain both consonants (but the words all, well, full, and mass are exceptions to this rule, and usually omit one of the consonants): eg, foretell, recall; stillness, but almost, already, welcome, welfare, faithful, useful, Christmas.

Rule 5

When ly is added to a word ending with a single l, both l's are retained: eg, carefully, finally, cheerfully.

Source: Eldridge's Business Speller.

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Last modified on Friday, 27 November 2015 23:59
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