Spelling Rules to Know in Middle School English
Write ie when the sound in long e, except after c.
piece, niece, belief, receive
either, seize, weird
Write ei when the
sound in long a
neighbor, weigh, veil
Here is the rhyme:
I before E except after C or
when sounding like A
as in neighbor and weigh.
Only one English word ends in
Only three words end in –ceed:
exceed, proceed, and succeed
All other words of similar sound end in
recede, concede, precede
Drop the final e before a suffix beginning with a vowel.
examples: dine + ing = dining, use + able =
exceptions: knowledge + able =
knowledgeable, replace + able = replaceable
Keep the final e before a suffix beginning with a consonant.
Examples: use + ful = useful, care + less =
With words ending in y preceded by a consonant, change the y to i
before any suffix not beginning with an i.
lively + ness = liveliness, bury + al = burial
Double the final consonant before a suffix that begins with a vowel if both of the
following conditions exist:
The word has only one syllable or is accented on the last
The word ends in a single consonant preceded by a single
win+ ing = winning; omit + ed = omitted, begin + er =
differ + ence = difference (accent on the 1st syllable)
+ ed drooped (single consonant ending preceded by a double
Words ending in s,x,z,sh and ch add es
waltzes, glasses, churches
Words ending in y preceded by a vowel, add an s