Do you want to get better at spelling? Would you like to know more about adjectives of personality? Learn ten positive and ten negative adjectives of personality. Do these activities and improve your spelling.
▶Task 1 - find the mistake
▶Task 2 - reordering
▶Task 3 - dictation
Native speakers of English sometimes find words ending in either, ‘ant’ or ‘ent’ difficult to spell. This is because the pronunciation of either suffix is exactly the same. The adjectives of personality, ‘independent’, ‘inconsistent’ and ‘diligent’ are such words and the best way to learn how to spell them is practise, practise and practise. There are no rules.
What about words that end in ‘ible’ or ‘able’ such as ‘inflexible’, ‘unpredictable’, ‘reliable’, ‘sociable’? There are some rules that can help but as always, there are exceptions.
For some words, such as, ‘unpredictable’, which ends in ‘able’, if you remove the prefix, ‘un’ and the suffix, ‘able’, you are left with a complete word, ‘predict’. This rule can help with a lot of ‘able’ endings.
The opposite applies to words ending in ‘ible’. For example, if you were to remove the ‘in’ and the ‘ible’ from ‘inflexible’ you would not have a complete word. But then we come to ‘reliable’ and ‘sociable’. OK, there’s a rule but it’s getting complicated. The rule is that after ‘i’ it is ‘able’.
Some say the best way to learn spelling is practise, practise and practise.
What do you think? Do you have any ideas you could share on how to remember to spell difficult words?