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Spelling Rule-1: Syllables

Important Spelling Rules for Everyone to Know

Spelling rules can take the mystery out of spelling by demonstrating patterns among apparently unrelated words. Learning these rules will help you see connections between unfamiliar words as well as words you already know. Of course, there’s no such thing as a hard-and-fast spelling rule. There are many exceptions as English borrows from many languages and is constantly changing and adopting new words. Still, it’s important to master these basic spelling rules. They might not work every time, but they’ll apply often enough to help you succeed.

Rule-1: Syllables, Syllable breakdown and how to count

Syllable: Any one of the parts into which a word is naturally divided when it is pronounced. or A unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word.

It is good for spelling long words and you need to know them for some spelling rules.


Breaking a word down into syllables means:
• You break a word down into little spoken chunks and
• Each chunk is called a syllable
• Each chunk usually has a vowel or vowel sound in it.

Syllable breakdown and How to count

Here are two easy methods for counting syllables.

  • One that I like is the chin

Here is how to do it: Rest your hand under your chin and say a word slowly. How many times does your chin drop onto your hand? That is the number of syllables.

  • Another is the clap

To use it, say the word and clap your hands together each time you hear a vowel sound.

1 syllable – trick (1 clap)
2 syllables paper – pa/per (2 claps)
3 syllables computer – com/pu/ter (3 claps)
4 syllables application – ap/pli/ca/ tion (4 claps)
5 syllables examination – ex/am/in/a/tion (5 claps)


Spelling Rules

Spelling Rule- Before You Start: Part-A

Spelling Rule- 1: Syllables

Spelling Rule- 2 : English Words Never end with

Spelling Rule- 3 : “Y” acts as a consonant as well as a vowel

Spelling Rule- 4 : Two sounds of “C”

Spelling Rule- 5 : Two sounds of “G”

Spelling Rule- 6 : Magic-E/Silent-E 

Spelling Rule- 7 : Drop the “e” rule

Spelling Rule-8: The 1:1:1 doubling-up rule

Spelling Rule-9: A E O U  at the end of the Syllable

Spelling Rule-10: The Rabbit rule

Spelling Rule- Before You Start: Part-A

Spelling Rule- 11: The FLOSS/FLSZ rule

Spelling Rule- 12 : Use of C or K to pronounce K

Spelling Rule- 13: Use of /CH/ & /TCH/

Spelling Rule- 14: Use of /Cial/ & /Tial/

Spelling Rule-15: Two vowel’s sounds

Spelling Rule- 16 : Short Vowel Sounds

Spelling Rule- 17 : Long Vowel Sounds

Spelling Rule-18: Vowels in Short Words

Spelling Rule-19: Long Vowels’ Rules and Patterns

Spelling Rule-20: W is the Boss

Silent Letters Rules