Spelling

Spelling matters. If you want to create a good impression in your writing and make sure you get your meaning across clearly, it’s important to get your spelling right.

This section contains lots of quick-reference spelling tips. For example, if you can never remember whether the plural of potato is spelled potatoes or potatos, then you can jump straight to plurals of nouns to get some straightforward advice. There’s also a handy list of common misspellings, arranged in alphabetical order of the incorrect spellings, and a guide to the differences between British and American spelling.

For more ways to improve your writing see our writing help section, or for more spelling tips see the list below:

Words end in our

Adding Endings To Words That End In "-our"

There are two simple rules you need to follow when adding endings to words from British English that end in -our.

Ante or anti

"Ante-" or "anti-"?

Is it 'ante-' or 'anti-'? Find out the best way to remember which of these two spellings to use.

I before e

Does The Rule "I Before E Except After C" Always Apply?

'I' before 'e' except after 'c'. Most people know this rule, but is it accurate? This article explores the subject in detail.

Prefixes suffixes

English Prefixes And Suffixes

Prefixes and suffixes are some of the important building blocks for creating new words in English. Find out more about words formed this way.

How are adverbs formed

How Are Adverbs Formed?

If you can’t decide if the –e in ‘comfortable’ stays or goes when you add a -y to make an adverb, our guide to forming adverbs has the answer.

English spelling changes

How Has English Spelling Changed Over Time?

The spelling of English words is not fixed for all time. This article shows some everyday words which were spelled differently in the past.

Words end double l

How To Add Endings To Words That End In A Double "L"

Here's what you need to keep in mind when adding endings to words that end in a double l.

Words end y

How To Add Endings To Words That End In "-y"

What rules apply when adding endings to words that end in -y? Find out in this short guide.

Adding ful fully

How to add "-ful" or "-fully" to a word

There's one common mistake people always make when adding -ful to a word. Here's how to avoid it.

Add ly ending

How to add the ending "-ly" to words

The ending -ly is often added to adjectives and nouns. Here's all you need to know about how to use it correctly.