Double letters

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Today let’s take a look at some common spelling mistakes and how we can avoid them:

When you’ve got words in which the vowel (a, e, i, o, u) is followed by a consonant in the end, you have to double the last letter of the word when you’re comparing things.

Let’s take a look at some examples below:

Big – Bigger – The biggest
Thin – Thinner – The thinnest
Slim – Slimmer – The slimmest
Hot – Hotter – The hottest

If we add -ed or -ing to the words that have only one syllable, but end with a consonant, followed by a vowel and another consonant, we also double the last letter:

Admit – admitted
Forget – forgetting
Sit – sitting
Stop – Stopped

There’s an exception to the rule: if the last letter of the word is w, x or y then we don’t double it.

Note:

If you have a word that ends with the letter L after a vowel then, depending on the English you’re studying (British or American) you could double the letter or not for some words:

WordAmerican EnglishBritish English
CancelCanceledCancelled
MarvelMarvelousMarvellous
ModelModeledModelled
TravelTravelerTraveller

Let’s try to practice these by doing a few exercises:

That’s it for this week and I have a question for you:
Which word was the hardest one for you to spell properly?

Let us know in the comments section and have a good weekend! 🙂

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