Reasoning Spelling Rules by Deduction

Reasoning Spelling Rules by Deduction 





Group A Words 

• believe • relief • piece • deceive • chief 
spelling rule: 
Group B Words 
• dying • lying • tying 
spelling rule: 
Group C Words 

• defiance • compliance • beautiful • married • happiness 
spelling rule: 
  
Group D Words 

• reenter • unnerved • pretest • reinvest • disappointed 
spelling rule: 
Group E Words 

• hoping • guidance • living • traced • rider 
spelling rule: 
  
Group F Words 

• running • hippest • fibber • begged • snapping 
spelling rule: 
  
Reasoning Spelling Rules by Deduction (Answer Key
Group A Words 

• believe • ceiling • piece • deceive • siege 
spelling rule: Write “i” before “e” except after “c.” (exceptions: words with an “a” sound—like “neighbor” and “weigh”) 

Group B Words 
• dying • lying • tying 
spelling rule: When adding the suffix “ing” to verbs ending in “ie,” replace “ie” with “y.” 
Group C Words 

• defiance • compliance • beautiful • married • happiness 
spelling rule: Replace a final “y” that follows a consonant with an “i” when adding a suffix to a word. (exception: suffixes beginning with the letter “i”) 

Group D Words 

• reinvent • unnerved • preempt • reenter • disappointed 
spelling rule: When adding prefixes to words, keep the spelling of the root word unchanged. 
Group E Words 

• hoping • guidance • living • traced • rider 
spelling rule: Drop the final, silent “e” before adding a suffix beginning with a vowel. 
Group F Words 

• running • hippest • fibber • begged • snapping 
spelling rule: Double the final consonant of a one-syllable word before adding a suffix beginning with a vowel.