Every educated person should know how to write a good letter. All of us have to write letters of some sorts at some point of time.
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‘dis’ and ‘mis’
Never double the ‘s’ of these prefixes. When a second ‘s’ occurs, it is the first letter of the next syllable.
So we have
Short monosyllables always double their final consonant.
Shop, shopping (NOT shoping)
Let, letting (NOT leting)
‘ie’ and ‘ei’
English is said to have one of the most difficult spelling systems in the world. There are several reasons for this. 1) The pronunciation of many words has changed over the years, but not their spellings. For example, the ‘k’ in ‘knife’ and ‘gh’ in ‘right’ were pronounced during the Middle English Period (12th to 15th century). 2) Vowels have also changed their pronunciation over the years. 3) The spellings of many words have changed but not their pronunciation. For instance, the word ‘doubt’ used to be pronounced as ‘doute’. The ‘b’ was later inserted because the word had its origin in the Latin word ‘dubitare’ which had ‘b’ in it.