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Part II: Some Basics of Style > Exercise #2—Spelling Shortcuts

Chapter 5. Exercise #2—Spelling Shortcuts

Following are three handy shortcuts to improve your spelling. (1) If a word gives you trouble, deliberately mispronounce it, emphasizing the troublesome part of the word. To fix the spelling of words such as separate and benefit in your mind, say “sep-ay-rate,” “ben-ee-fit.” (2) Look for little words in big words. Noticing the word iron in environment can help you remember the longer, more difficult word. (3) Use gimmicks to fix the spelling of difficult words in your mind. For example, “Many capitol buildings have an ‘o’ shaped dome.”

Correctly spell the words listed below. Use the memory devices suggested on the next page (or make up your own) for any words you misspell.


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