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Spelling: The Doubling Rule

The English language has rules that we must follow to spell words correctly. In reality about 85% of the English language is phonetically reliable for spelling. It is up to us as educators to explicitly explain and model these rules.
The Doubling Rule 


The Doubling Rule

When adding a vowel suffix to a one syllable base word ending in a short vowel and one consonant, you must double the final consonant before adding the vowel suffix.

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