SPELL BEE SATURDAY:
Some more spelling facts!
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SNEAKY R'S: Two common words in English contain R's that often are not pronounced, thus they are often not written when the words are spelled: library and February. The most important guide to correctly spelling these words is to pronounce them correctly every time. "LI-BRAR-Y" AND "FEB-RU-AR-Y." BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTY: In French, this would be easy ....the letters EAU are always pronounced as Long O (the name of the letter). In English, however, this letter combination is pronounced sort of like YOO , or like a Long E sliding into a Long U. Thus in English, BEAUTY would be pronounced "BEE OU TEE". The only logical way to remember how to spell this word is to pronounce each letter to yourself as you spell it -- "BE-A-U-TEE" or "BE-A-U-TEE-FUL". If you get used to saying each letter to yourself, then you will not forget any when you write the words.
MORE SILENT LETTERS: Each of the following words contains a letter that is not pronounced -- DOUBT, DEBT, ISLAND, AISLE, WRITE, WRIT, KNIT, KNOT, WOULD, COULD, KNOB. You can remember how to spell some of the words by pronouncing the silent letters to yourself each time you write them. Other words simply must be studied and memorized.
THE SUPERFLUOUS "G" and "GH": You have already studied the "EIGHT", "OUGH" and "IGHT" families and some of their relatives (though, thought, tough, rough, cough, enough, freight, weight, sleigh. weigh, light, sight, night, fright, blight, right, etc.). Here are some more: STRENGTH and LENGTH; STRAIGHT (rhymes with LATE); TROUGH (rhymes with off); NIGH (rhymes with BY); ALIGN and SIGN (rhyme with DINE); BROUGHT and FRAUGHT (rhyme with ROT - not exactly, but close). -ANCE vs. -ENCE: There is no simple way to know which words will end with -ance and which will end with -ence other than REMEMBERING. The -ANCE list is shorter, so if you memorize it, you should know that any words that end with the same sound but are not on the -ANCE list must be spelled with -ENCE. EXCEPT for a few words that end with -ENSE: (defense, expense, immense, offense, pretense, suspense). So no