Unit 26 - Spelling the word endings le, al, el

Think back - help with spelling rules Remember:
Words of more than one syllable often have a weak, unclear vowel sound in any syllable which is not stressed. This weak vowel is called the schwa sound. To review this, look back at Unit 24.
When the schwa sound comes before l, it makes this sound:    
Teaching point If the ending is a suffix, the spelling is al. For example:

arrive > arrival bride > bridal bury > burial centre > central
comic > comical globe > global magic > magical survive > survival

When the ending is not a suffix, the most common way of spelling the /Əl/ sound is le but some words use al or el. Some examples:

English word endings le, al, el English word endings le, al, el English word endings le, al, el
le as in eagle al as in oval el as in camel
table
rifle
apple
little
poodle
ankle
article
dazzle
castle
formal
mammal
signal
general
funeral
rival
carnival
enamel
channel
tunnel
squirrel
travel
towel
vowel
Note: Only a few words use ol or il to spell the /English language schwa soundl/ sound at the end of a word. These are listed on pages 5 and 6.

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