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       "Aoccdrnig to a rscheeaarch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny ipormoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the righit pclae." (The Exploratorium)

Humorist Mark Twain and the research at Cambridge were pointing out the "phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid"--the phenomenal power of the human mind. In fact, the mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole.

The point is made! However, for the sake of ease in communication and respect for your reader, it is important to EDIT FOR CORRECT SPELLING. The following tips may help you.

Sound/spelling correlation with vowels
The i before e rule
Changes in consonant + Y word endings
When to double the consonant
Words that look alike and are frequently confused
Edit student writing samples [last two pages]


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