Spelling the endings et, ot, ate or ite

Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules

In these words the final syllable is spelled with ei :
counterfeit
-forgery
Counterfeit bank notes were found in his house.
forfeit
-give up
He will forfeit his chance of promotion.
surfeit
-excess
We've had a surfeit of food and drink

These French words are now common as part of the English language.
Here, et is used to spell the long /ā/ sound:
ballet Ballet dancers do hours of practice each day.
beret He wears a badge on his beret.
bouquet Who sent this bouquet of roses?
buffet A buffet lunch will be served at noon.
cabaret There will be a cabaret after dinner.
chalet The skiers have rented a chalet.
crochet Grandma will crochet a shawl for the baby.
duvet This duvet is too warm for hot weather.
ricochet His bullet wound came from a ricochet.
Note: In depot, ot is used to spell the long /ō/ sound

homophones - learn to spell similar sounding words Homophones from this section:

If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake - so it is especially important to learn them.


signet -
1. a seal for documents
2. type of ring

cygnet - young swan

A seal made from red wax is a signet.
Jill gave her boyfriend a signet ring.

The cygnets swam behind the mother swan.
Learning tip to help your spelling A signet ring is sign of true feelings.

carrot - orange vegetable

carat - unit of weight (200mg)
Carrots are said to be good for eyesight.

Precious stones are measured in carats.

racket -
1. bat with strings
2. loud noise
3. illegal trading

raquet - bat with strings

He broke a string in his racket.
Stop that awful racket !
Selling smuggled cigarettes is a racket.

Raquet is another spelling for racket.

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

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