Table of Contents
   Introductionp. v
   Spelling Pretestp. vii
   The Importance of Spelling
      Why Bother to Spell Correctlyp. 3
      Why Is Spelling So Difficultp. 5
         Linguistic Changep. 5
         Our Confusing Alphabetp. 6
         Homonyms and Homophonesp. 7
         More Confusing Word Pairsp. 8
         Regional Pronunciationsp. 9
      Why We Misspellp. 10
         Mispronunciationp. 10
         Hasty Readingp. 12
         Infrequent Readingp. 12
         Faulty Observationp. 12
         Failure to Consult the Dictionaryp. 13
      How to Become a Good Spellerp. 14
         Learn the Rules and Develop Memory Devicesp. 14
         Consult the Dictionaryp. 15
         Using a Dictionary for Pronunciation and Spellingp. 16
         Make Your Own Spelling Listp. 17
         Listen Attentivelyp. 17
      Mnemonicsp. 19
         Focusing on Words Frequently Misspelledp. 19
         Acronyms in Mnemonicsp. 20
         Acronyms ... Plusp. 20
         Mnemonics and the Telephonep. 21
   Rules for Spelling
      Better Spelling by Earp. 25
      Some Special Problemsp. 33
         IE and EIp. 33
         -SEDE, -CEED, -CEDEp. 37
      Prefixesp. 39
         A List of Common Prefixesp. 39
         Adding a Prefixp. 41
         Pay Attention to PER-, PRE-, PRO-p. 43
      Confusing Suffixesp. 45
         Words Ending in -ABLE, -IBLEp. 45
         The Adverbial Suffix -LYp. 48
         Words Ending in -OUSp. 49
         Troublesome Affixes -AL, -EL, -LEp. 51
         Words Ending in -ER or -ORp. 55
         Words Ending in -ARp. 56
         Words Ending in -ANCE, -ENCEp. 57
         Words Ending in -ENSEp. 59
         Words Ending in -ARY, -ERYp. 60
         Words Ending in -ISE, -IZEp. 61
      Plurals of Nounsp. 63
         Regular Pluralsp. 63
         Nouns Ending in a Sibilant Soundp. 63
         Nouns Ending in Long Op. 64
         Nouns Ending in -F or -FEp. 65
         Nouns Ending in -Yp. 67
         Special Situationsp. 68
      The Final -Yp. 73
         The -Y Preceded by a Vowelp. 73
         The -Y Preceded by a Consonantp. 75
      The Final -Ep. 78
         Dropping the Final -Ep. 79
         Retaining the Final -Ep. 84
         Unusual Situationsp. 86
      Doubling Final Consonantsp. 90
         One-Syllable Wordsp. 90
         Words of More Than One Syllablep. 91
         Special Situationsp. 93
         How Consonants Determine Meaningp. 94
      English as a Second Languagep. 98
         Minimal Differences in Spellingp. 98
   Special Devices
      The Hyphenp. 115
         Compound Adjectivesp. 115
         Compound Nounsp. 119
         Compound Numbers and Fractionsp. 120
         Compounds with Certain Particlesp. 120
         Used for Clarityp. 123
         Used to Divide Wordsp. 123
      The Apostrophep. 125
         To Show Contractionp. 125
         To Show Possessionp. 125
         To Avoid Repetition of S Soundp. 127
         To Indicate Double Ownershipp. 127
      Capital Lettersp. 129
         Basic Principlesp. 129
         Proper Nounsp. 129
         Books, Plays, Musicp. 131
      Spelling Abbreviationsp. 133
         The Calendarp. 133
         Business and Postal Termsp. 134
         Personal Titlesp. 136
         Measurement Termsp. 136
   Troublesome Words
      Homonyms and Homophones and Other Confusing Pairs of Wordsp. 141
         Homonyms and Homophonesp. 141
         Other Confusing Pairs of Wordsp. 151
      Word Buildingp. 156
         Word Familiesp. 156
      Most Frequently Misspelled Wordsp. 159
         The One Hundred Pestsp. 159
         Business Termsp. 160
      Computer Termsp. 164
         Computer Acronymsp. 164
      Medical Termsp. 168
         Medical Termsp. 168
   Measuring Your Progress
      Achievement Testsp. 177
         Achievement Test 1p. 177
         Achievement Test 2p. 180
         Achievement Test 3p. 181
         Achievement Test 4p. 184
         Achievement Test 5p. 186
         Achievement Test 6p. 189
         Achievement Test 7p. 191
      Answer Keyp. 193
         For Chapters 4-23p. 193
         For Achievement Tests 1-7p. 206
   10,000 Word Ready Reference Spelling Listp. 211