Spelling the word endings et, ot, ate or ite

In many words et is used to spell the sound /ĭt/ in an unstressed syllable at the end of a word. These words are often spelled wrongly, so they are worth a careful look.

Some examples:

-cket words
Learn word endings et ot ate ite
cket as in bucket
Other words
Learn word endings et ot ate ite
et as in helmet
bracket
jacket
packet
racket*
cricket
picket
ticket
wicket
docket
locket
pocket
rocket
socket
sprocket
basket
blanket
budget
bullet
cabinet
carpet
comet
cygnet*
fidget
gadget
goblet
interpret
magnet
market
nugget
midget
planet
prophet
racquet*
secret
signet*
tablet
target
trumpet
velvet
wallet
Note: words marked * are homophones. Please see page 5.

difficult words, learn not to make mistakes Caution:
In several words where the unstressed syllable sounds like
/ĭt/, it is spelled exactly as it sounds: it.
For example:
Learn word endings et ot ate ite it as in bandit

Some common it words:

benefit biscuit circuit credit
culprit digit edit habit hermit
limit orbit profit spirit

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Can you explain why there is a u before the i in these words?

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Unit 32: Spelling the endings -et -ot -ate -ite

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