Spelling

How to spell: words ending in -ly, -ely and -lly

How to spell: words ending in -ly, -ely and -lly

Do you ever have problems spelling words ending in -ly? If you do, you’re not alone. Adverbs such as definitely, probably, absolutely, likely, reasonably and hopefully often cause problems when it comes to spelling. We often ask ourselves the same questions: Is it -ly or -lly? Do we write -ely, or just -ly? Normally we just add -ly to an adjective to get the adverb: quick becomes quickly, da... »

When to use capital letters in English

Correct spelling is not only about which letters we use in the word. We should also know when to begin a word with a capital letter. (This is called capitalisation.) Here are some examples of when we should and should not use capital letters in English. Use a capital letter for the first letter of the first word of a letter or email: Dear Mr Smith Thank you for your email and the information. When... »

How to spell: words containing ‘ie’ and ‘ei’

British children learning to spell words containing ‘ie’ or ‘ei’ are traditionally taught a golden rule: Put ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’. I am sure this rule has kept many people in good stead when confronting the problem of whether to spell a word –ie- or –ei-. But is this rule correct? Does it always help us? Yes, the ru... »