General English Spelling Rules

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

In this lesson, we detail just a few of the numerous general spelling rules in the English language, while also taking note of the exceptions to each guideline.

Common English Spelling Rules

The English language has hundreds of thousands of words. Some come from Latin, while others are borrowed from French or Spanish. Many are simply modern variations of Old English words. The wide variability of English words makes any hard and fast spelling rules nearly impossible - it seems just about every one is accompanied by the phrase 'with the exception of…' followed by a list of example words.

Nonetheless, there are several spelling rules which can help with the majority of words. Below are some of the most useful.

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