One of the things that makes English so well-suited to puzzles and word games is its incredibly wide range of letter patterns seen in words, multiple meanings, and seemingly endless variety. English has thousands upon thousands of words, many of which have been "borrowed" from hundreds and hundreds of different languages. However, you may be surprised to find that there are certain letter patterns that do not appear in English; in fact, there are thousands of these letter patterns. Learn these letter patterns to improve your spelling and even improve your Scrabble scores!
Here is a spelling bee to test your spelling!
ANTI and ANTE are both prefixes. They are added to the front of other words to create new words with new meanings. However, even though there is only one letter's difference between them, ANTI and ANTE have quite different meanings.
Cryptograms are excellent puzzles to solve. Solving cryptograms can also help you to improve your spelling and improve your vocabulary. You are presented with a seemingly random collection of letters, and your job is to crack the cipher and discover the message! But this is easier said than done ... where do you start? Read on to find out!
English is a very irregular language, as we all know! Whether learning it from infancy, or as an adult, there are many challenges and areas that can trip you up. Irregular verbs are one such area.
One area that trips people up a lot with spelling is double letters. Some words have them, some words don't, and it's not often obvious from the way they're pronounced! Here is our list of the most commonly confused offenders.
It's amazing what one little letter – an "e" in this case – can do to a word. Breath and breathe are often misused, but they have quite different meanings.
You know the mantra “I before E, except after C” all too well, we’re sure. It's one of the best known spelling rules out there! This spelling rule will take you many places, and in general will serve you well. With words such as PIECE, you can see that I does indeed come before E. And in RECEIVE, E comes before I, after that C there.