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Suffix LY Spelling Rules

Suffix LY Spelling Rules

Spelling rules for adding –ly to the word

Ly is a suffix that is added at the end of the word. When we add the suffix –ly, some spelling changes take place. It is crucial to know the rules. You will not have spelling mistakes if you follow the spelling rules accurately. 

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Add ‘Ly’ to the most words

We add the suffix –ly to most of the words and words that end with consonant. It means we add just –ly at the end without changing anything else.

Word

Suffix word

Slow

Slowly

Week

Weekly

Quick

Quickly

Friend

Friendly

Independent

Independently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words end in -Y

When a more than one syllable word ends in ‘Y’ and there is a consonant before ‘Y’, we will have to change it into ‘I’ and add the suffix –ly.

Word

Suffix word

Happy

Happily

Steady

Steadily

Easy

Easily

Necessary

Necessarily

Greedy

Greedily

 

 

 

 

 

 



Remember that no changes take place if the word is one syllable. We just add the suffix –ly.

Word

Suffix word

Shy

Shyly

Sly

Slyly

Dry

Dryly

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptions:

Day becomes daily

Gay becomes gaily

 

When a word ends in ‘Y’ and there is a vowel before ‘Y’, just –ly is added without any other changes.

Word

Suffix word

Gray

Grayly

Grey

Greyly

Coy

Coyly

 

 

 

 

 

Words end in -L

If you have ‘L’ at the end of the word, you need to add –ly as a suffix. You will have double ‘L’ in this case.

Word

Suffix word

Beautiful

Beautifully

Careful

Carefully

Abnormal

Abnormally

Final

Finally

Financial

Financially

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words end in double -L

We have words that end in double ‘L’, in such a case we don’t need to add –ly. We just add ‘Y’. 

Word

Suffix word

Dull

Dully

Full

Fully

Shrill

Shrilly

Sill

Silly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words end in -LE

Words ending in ‘LE’ need to be checked if there is consonant before or vowel. If there is a consonant, you need to just change ‘E’ into ‘Y’. You don’t need to add the suffix –ly.

Word

Suffix word

Favorable

Favorably

Terrible

Terribly

Comfortable

Comfortably

Humble

Humbly

Possible

Possibly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is vowel before the last letters ‘LE’, then you need to add just –ly.

Word

Suffix word

Sole

Solely

Agile

Agilely

 

 

 


Words end in -IC

With words ending in ‘IC’, we add ‘AL’ before adding the suffix –ly. You can say that ‘ALLY’ is added in this case. There is just one exception that is the word ‘Public’. Public becomes publicly.

Word

Suffix word

Specific

Specifically

Basic

Basically

Enthusiastic

Enthusiastically

Automatic

Automatically

Romantic

Romantically

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Words end in -E

If a word ends in ‘E’, we keep it and add –ly. Remember that we have some exceptions. In some cases we drop the last ‘E’ like whole/wholly.

Word

Suffix word

Nice

Nicely

Wise

Wisely

Extreme

Extremely

Immediate

Immediately

Sure

Surely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Words end in -UE

We drop the last ‘E’ if a word ends in ‘UE’ to add the suffix –ly. Most adjectives end in ‘QUE’ and the three letters make a single consonant sound. We keep the letter ‘E’ and add the suffix –ly.

Word

Suffix word

True

Truly

Due

Duly

Unique

Uniquely

Vague

Vaguely

Brusque

Brusquely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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