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Spelling Rules

8th grade spelling rules
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Susan Richardson

on 25 January 2013

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Spelling Rules Being a good speller helps you soar Choosing Between ie and ei Choosing The Ending -cede,
ceed, or -sede There are 10 words that end with this sound. You will need
to memorize their spellings.
-cede words -ceed words -sede words
accede exceed supersede
concede proceed
intercede succeed
precede
recede
secede Adding Prefixes A prefix is one or more syllables added at the
beginning of a word to form a new word.
Adding a prefix to a word does not usually change
the spelling of the original word.
re-+place=replace
un-+fair=unfair
mis-+spell=misspell
dis-+appear=disappear
il-+legal=illegal Adding Suffixes
That Begin With a Consonant When adding a suffix that begins with a consonant-such
as -ly, -ness,-less, -ment, and full. You usually do not
change the spelling of the original word.
calm+-ly+calmly
open+-ness=openness
time+-less=timeless
emply+-ment=employment
help+-ful=helpful
Except for truly, argument, judgment, daily Exceptions: If a word end in y preceded by a consonant,
change the y to i before adding these suffixes:
ready+-ly=readily
busy+-ness=business

Except for shyness, slyly, spryness Adding Suffixes To
Words That End In Silent e If a word ends in silent e, drop the
e before adding a suffix that begins with a vowel

love+-able=lovable

Except for Changeable, agreeable, useable When a word has a long e sound, use ie
believe
grief
When a word has a long a sound, use ei.
freight
reign
When a word has a long e sound precede by the letter c,
use ei
deceive
receive
Exceptions:
either, neither, seize, weird Adding suffixes That
Begin With A Vowel To Words That End In y When adding a suffix that begins with a vowel to a word that ends in y preceded by a consonant, change the y to i before adding the suffix.
greedy+-er=greedier
worry+-ed=worried
Exceptions: Do not change the y to i if the suffix begins with I-carrying, babyish When adding a suffix
that begins with a vowel to a word that ends in y preceded by a vowel, keep the y before adding the suffix. portray+-al= portrayal
obey+-ed=obeyed
Exceptions:
paid (not payed), said (not sayed), laid (not layed) Doubling the Final
Consonant Before Adding A Suffix If a one-syllable word ends in a single consonant preceded by a single vowel, double the final consonant before adding a suffix that begins with a vowel.
stop+-ed=stopped
dim+-ing=dimming
Exceptions:
words that end in x,y, or w (mixer, prayed, flowing) If a word of more than one
syllable ends in a single consonant
preceded by a single vowel and the accent is on the final syllable, double the final consonant before adding a suffix that begins with a vowel. omit+-ed=omitted
occur+-ence+occurrence
Exceptions:
Words in which the accent shifts when the suffix is added (prefer-preference) Do not double the final consonant if the accent is
not on the last syllable. travel+-ing=traveling
endanger+-ed=endangered
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