Who can trust the rules of life? You really can go swimming right after you eat; men do buy the cow even after they've gotten the milk for free. Spelling, fortunately, has some valid rules. Here are three nifty ones that will serve you well.
|i before e||except after c||sounded as a|
There's only one English verb that ends in -sede: supersede.
The one exception to the “full” rule? The word full itself!
Add ie or ei to complete each word.
|1. f____rce||7. n____ghbor|
|2. s____ge||8. c____ling|
|3. bel____ve||9. for____gn|
|4. rec____pt||10. rel____f|
|5. conc____t||11. w____rd|
|6. dec____ve||12. v____n|
|1. fierce||7. neighbor|
|2. siege||8. ceiling|
|3. believe||9. foreign|
|4. receipt||10. relief|
|5. conceit||11. weird|
|6. deceive||12. vein|
Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style © 2003 by Laurie E. Rozakis, Ph.D.. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.