Spelling words in English is challenging work. As a matter of fact, many native speakers of English have problems with spelling correctly. One of the main reasons for this is that many, many English words are NOT spelled as they are spoken. This difference between pronunciation and spelling causes a lot of confusion. The combination "ough" provides an excellent example:
Tough - pronounced - tuf (the 'u' sounding as in 'cup')
Through - pronounced - throo
Dough - pronounced - doe (long 'o')
Bought - pronounced - bawt
It's enough to make anyone crazy!!
This feature provides a guide to the most common problems when spelling words in English.
Swallowed Syllables - Three Syllables Pronounced as Two Syllables
Aspirin - pronounced - asprin
Different - pronounced - diffrent
Every - pronounced - evry
Swallowed Syllables - Four Syllables Pronounced as Three Syllables
Comfortable - pronounced - comftable
Temperature - pronounced - temprature
Vegetable - pronounced - vegtable
Homophones - Words That Sound the Same
two, to, too - pronounced - too
knew, new - pronounced - niew
through, threw - pronounced - throo
not, knot, naught - pronounced - not
Same Sounds - Different Spellings
'Eh' as in 'Let'
'Ai' as in 'I'
Next, click below to study spelling word problems with silent letters (for example: island) and letters combining to make different sounds (gh = f as in 'cough').
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