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Spelling Unit # 10. Spelling “rule” of the week: When a word ends in y and is preceded by a consonant, usually change the y to i when adding a suffix that does not begin with i . Do not change the y if it is preceded by a vowel or if adding -ing .

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Spelling unit 10
Spelling Unit #10

Spelling “rule” of the week:

When a word ends in y and is preceded by a consonant, usually change the y to i when adding a suffix that does not begin with i. Do not change the y if it is preceded by a vowel or if adding -ing.

Exceptions: dryness, fryer, pay--paid


Focus Rule Words:

1) historical (histor [y to i] + cal)

2) enjoying(keep the y-- preceded by a voweland adding -ing)

3) marrying (keep the y-- adding -ing)

4) buyer (keep the y-- y is preceded by a vowel)

5) payment (keep the y-- y is preceded by a vowel)


Academic Verbs:

6) contextualizeto mention important related information

Contextualize a quote used in a Response to Literature essay; mention when and why a character said that.

7) rejectto refuse to accept

Many dog trainers reject the saying that “old dogs can’t learn new tricks.”

8) concedeto gowith (together), admit truth

I finally conceded that old dogs can learn new tricks; fifteen-year-old Fido just learned to play dead! (Or is he really dead?)


Commonly misspelled words:

9) attendance Did they take attendanceat the dance?

10) cafeteria (A cafeteria is a cafe with a long counter.)

11) niece(i before e except after c…)


Roots/prefixes/suffixes:

cise = cut graph = writing

bio = life photo = light


12) concise to “cut to the chase,” using just the right words

13) biographywriting about someone’s life

14) photograph a writing (or recording) of light on film

15) photosynthesis using light to make something (put together)


Commonly confused words:

16) conscious(adjective) aware

Are you conscious of your snoring?

17) conscience(noun) the feeling of morality

Lying goes against my conscience.


Review Words:

18) beautiful (beaut [y to i] + ful)

19) happiness(happ [y to i] + ness)

20) surprise (sur + prise)


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