‘Give’ – Why it is not an Exception to Anything

We may have all seen some word wall or another which contains words that have to be memorized or learned by heart because they are irregular.  Some of the supposed irregular words include: have, give, said, they, come, their, and one.  They are considered irregular because there appears to be a mismatch between their spellings... Continue Reading →

Interest

Word sum: Inter + est --> interest (The prefix + base gives us the stem <interest> ) <Interest> is a Latin word which was borrowed into English from French.  It literally meant “that which is between” – inter “between” +  est “to be”. It meant ‘to concern, or be of importance’. Word sums: Inter +... Continue Reading →

Making Sense of ‘t’ in English

English spelling and reading can sometimes present challenges due to some of the complexities of the grapheme-phoneme correspondences.  Several graphemes (spelling units) represent more than one pronunciation and a single pronunciation can be written using different graphemes.  However, the complexities of the grapheme-phoneme correspondences provide us with valuable information about words. How a word is... Continue Reading →

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