Spelling the /k/ sound at the end of words: c, k or ck?

Think back - help with spelling rules 1. When the /k/ sound comes straight after a short vowel sound we usually spell it ck:
pack deck ticket socket bucket

2. When the /k/ sound comes after another consonant,
we usually use the letter k:

basket silk drunk blanket dark


Teaching point The -ick words have an extra rule:

At the end of a one-syllable word, use ick:

lick Nick click

In words of more than one syllable, use only ic:

panic traffic electric

Learning Tip for English spelling If the word has more than one syllable, it's long enough already so ic is quite enough - no need to add another letter!


Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules Compound words are words made up from two separate words, for example:
air + sick = airsick
pin + prick = pinprick

In these cases, you must stick to using ck at the end.


next part of the spelling course Go to the next page: Take a test in the ick or ic rule

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