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  1. What is the spelling rule for changing inscribe to inscription and for other related words?
  2. Is it carolling or caroling?

    If both, then why?

    Also is there an exception to this 'doubling the consonant rule'?

  3. Does W/ stand for with, and W/O stand for without, and N/A stand for not available? Are there any other likewise useages?

  4. How do you spell English correctly?

  5. I am have problems with words ending in "el" or "le" and "er" or "or." Are there rules governing these endings? Thank You, Don
  6. I can speak and write english very well the only problem with me is SPELLING...sometimes I can't even spell easy words...is there any way i can improve my spellings...??? thanks for your time and help....
  7. Dear sir/ miss, I'm working on a paper for Language- and Culturestudies. I was curious which consonants may follow other consonants. In other words: what consonant-sequences are possible in English? I would appreciate your help in this. Very much graditude in advance. Best regards, Arjan van Rooijen
  8. Should god be spelt with a capital G?
  9. How can I learn to spell English words correctly?
  10. Why do Canadians write metre (as in a measurement)instead of meter, but write perimeter not perimetre?
  11. What are the [ ] symbols that are used within parenthesis called?
  12. Is there a special rule to know when should we write words ending in -or,-er, ar.( Doctor, singer, liar.) Thank you.
  13. First of all I say thanks to you for this wonderful site. My question is, the formation of comparative adjective. I couldn't understand the column form." For Example " word of one syllable,with more than one vowel or more than one consonant at the end." Please could you explain with simple examples? How to identify the syllable and how to differentiate consonant and vowel.
  14. Are there any rules for using le, el, ll, and just l
  15. "For words endling in l after a vowel, double the l before adding er, ed or ing. For example:- carol + ing carolling" My teacher told us there is only 1 exception. May I ask you what is it? ------------------- "For words ending in l after a vowel, double the l before adding er, ed or ing. For example:- carol + ing carolling" My teacher told us there is only 1 exception. May I ask you what it is?
  16. is the form of written correct or not I now have two additional tumors. ----------------- Is this correct or not? I now have two additional tumors.
  17. how would i spell the verb suffiex ending fy from the word multiplication? --------------------------- How would I spell the verb from the word multiplication?
  18. why does perimeter has er and metre has re ------------------ Why does perimeter end in er and metre in re?
  19. "program should have started early and ended early" is this sentence gramatically correct????



  1. What is the spelling rule for changing inscribe to inscription and for other related words?
    Inscribe is a verb. Inscription is a noun.

    Often when we form nouns from verbs we add the suffixes -tion or less often -sion (both are usually pronounced with a 'sh' sound on the initial letter).

    If the root word ends in /m/ /r/ /t/, use -tion: complete, completion If the root word ends in /d/, /s/ or /p/, use sion: extend - extension | supress - supression | decide - decision

    If the sound of the last syllable is the "heavy" sound of /zhun/ rather than the light sound, /shun/, use s: confusion, vision, adhesion

    Verbs ending in --mit become -mission:

    admit - admission | permit - permission | omit - omission | submit - submission | commit - commission

    Here are some verb/noun families:-

    admit alter inform decide describe multiply

    Note the adjustments that are necessary to the spelling in each case:

    He admitted he had lied and this admission landed him in court.

    The dress will have to be altered and I'm going to have the alteration done professionally.

    I informed the police that I had seen one of the robbers in Margate and this information led to the arrest of the gang.

    I decided to give myself up. The decision was easy. My description was in all the newspapers. And I had been on the run for three weeks.

    Multiplication is the easiest part of arithmetic - much easier than addition, subtraction or division.

    It is actually easier to learn these word families than to try figuring out the rule, which as you can see often has an exception.

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  2. Is it carolling or caroling?

    If both, then why?

    Also is there an exception to this 'doubling the consonant rule'?
    The answer is both! I am British so am more likely to write "carolling", however my American cousins would write "caroling". Confusing isn't it?

    Best to learn one style of spelling and stick to it.

    You can find a quick guide to the British spelling rules on my English spelling page.

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  3. Does W/ stand for with, and W/O stand for without, and N/A stand for not available? Are there any other likewise useages?
    You are quite correct.

    Are there other uses? Oh yes. Abbreviations are often used to speed up note taking or writing text messages and there are lots, you can even make up your own - as long as the other person understands what you mean.

    You can find some more useful abbreviations and symbols here.
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  4. How do you spell English correctly?
    E-n-g-l-i-s-h. (Sorry a joke - British sense of humour).
    Practise, use a good dictionary, your computer's spell checker and try to learn some of the spelling rules.

    I have written a simple guide to some spelling rules here:-
    English spelling rules.
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  5. I am have problems with words ending in "el" or "le" and "er" or "or." Are there rules governing these endings? Thank You, Don
    The problem with English spelling is there are few rules. Those that do exist can be confusing (so many exceptions). One thing that might help you is:- The ending <-le> is more frequent than <-el>: axle, battle, bottle, tackle, tickle, single, double, triple... angel, bushel, parcel... The ending <-er> is far more common than <-or> lawyer, prisoner, foreigner, player, adapter, adviser, conjurer, conveyer... curator, auditor, director, professor, tutor... Other than that the following advice might help:- Check a dictionary for the correct pronunciation of the word. This will help you remember how to spell the word. Check for the meaning and history of the word. This provides additional information. Practice spelling the word to yourself before you close the dictionary. Write it down or visualize it in your mind's eye. Check the spelling in the dictionary again to ensure that you have learned to spell the word correctly. Learn basic spelling rules (see below) http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/spellingtext.htm
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  6. I can speak and write english very well the only problem with me is SPELLING...sometimes I can't even spell easy words...is there any way i can improve my spellings...??? thanks for your time and help....
    Practise - make lists of words you often misspell and then ask friends or family to test you. There's some more tips on how to improve your spelling here.
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  7. Dear sir/ miss, I'm working on a paper for Language- and Culturestudies. I was curious which consonants may follow other consonants. In other words: what consonant-sequences are possible in English? I would appreciate your help in this. Very much graditude in advance. Best regards, Arjan van Rooijen
    Interesting idea. When we talk about consonants in this way we use the term "consonant cluster" or "consonant blend". This is a group or sequence of consonants that appear together (some argue within a syllable) without a vowel between them. Not to be confused with digraphs which are groups of two or more symbols which really stand for just one sound (usually a consonant). For example:- The groups /spl/ and /ts/ are consonant clusters in the word splits. As for a definitive list; I don't know of one and don't have the time to start compiling one.
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  8. Should god be spelt with a capital G?
    If you are writing about God as a person, it is a name and as a proper noun it should be capitalized. If you are writing about different gods, then no. For example:- Many people pray to God to help them. but Ares was the Greek god of war.
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  9. How can I learn to spell English words correctly?
    Learn the rules and get lots of practice to then learn the exceptions to the rules. ;-) Try here:- http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/spellingtext.htm Then try some dictation:- http://www.learnenglish.de/dictationpage.htm
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  10. Why do Canadians write metre (as in a measurement)instead of meter, but write perimeter not perimetre?
    In metric measurement "metre" is the British English and the French spelling (you see, we do like the French), obviously the Canadians like the French too. Meter is just the American English spelling. In British English we make a distinction between a "metre" as in a unit of metric measurement (kilometre etc) and a "meter" is a tool or device for measuring quantity (water meter, etc). Mind you, we tend to mix them up a lot!
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  11. What are the [ ] symbols that are used within parenthesis called?
    box brackets / square brackets / secondary parentheses
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  12. Is there a special rule to know when should we write words ending in -or,-er, ar.( Doctor, singer, liar.) Thank you.
    Sorry, there's no easy rule for these. The following might help. -er is the most common ending. Verbs ending in a silent e usually change to nouns by ending -er: read/reader write/writer produce/producer -or is used when the base word ends in -ate, -ct, or -it calculate/calculator | contract/contractor | visit/visitor Many of the words that end in -ar actually end in -lar. regular popular similar etcetera.
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  13. First of all I say thanks to you for this wonderful site. My question is, the formation of comparative adjective. I couldn't understand the column form." For Example " word of one syllable,with more than one vowel or more than one consonant at the end." Please could you explain with simple examples? How to identify the syllable and how to differentiate consonant and vowel.
    A syllable is a word part that contains a vowel or, in spoken language, a vowel sound (e-vent; news-pa-per; ver-y; ver-i-fy). Try clapping out word sounds to figure out how many syllables there are. You will find out about consonants and vowels on the Basic English Alphabet page.
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  14. Are there any rules for using le, el, ll, and just l
    Not really. There is a rule for single l and double l. All single syllable words ending in l with a single vowel before the l use a double l. For example:- mill - will - till All single syllable words ending in l with a double vowel before it use a single l. For example:- mail- sail But to be honest English spelling is a bit of a nightmare, even native speakers have problems, not helped by the duality of American and British English spelling. We usually have to learn every word individually.
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  15. "For words endling in l after a vowel, double the l before adding er, ed or ing. For example:- carol + ing carolling" My teacher told us there is only 1 exception. May I ask you what is it? ------------------- "For words ending in l after a vowel, double the l before adding er, ed or ing. For example:- carol + ing carolling" My teacher told us there is only 1 exception. May I ask you what it is?
    I think she must be talking about the word "deal". It ends in a consonant preceded by two vowels, so we do not double the final l For example:- dealer / dealing BTW - the spelling rules for American English are different. I hope this helps.
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  16. is the form of written correct or not I now have two additional tumors. ----------------- Is this correct or not? I now have two additional tumors.
    It's correct if you are writing American English. As a Brit I spell 'tumor' as 'tumour'. (I do hope this sentence doesn't apply to you.)
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  17. how would i spell the verb suffiex ending fy from the word multiplication? --------------------------- How would I spell the verb from the word multiplication?
    I presume you mean multiply. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/multiply?q=multiply
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  18. why does perimeter has er and metre has re ------------------ Why does perimeter end in er and metre in re?
    Well, for starters in the US they spell it meter. But, in the UK there are two different spellings and a metre is a measurement (100cm = 1 metre), whereas meter is a machine that measures things like electricity, gas or even temperature like thermometer. The reason for the difference in re and er endings can be found here:- http://www.learnenglish.de/spelling/spellingrevser.html
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  19. "program should have started early and ended early" is this sentence gramatically correct????
    No. The programme should have started early and ended early. (If you're talking about a TV programme. (Note - In American English it is always program.)
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