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Spelling Rules for English Words :



Words Ending OR & OUR

These endings were originally both OUR.
But in some words the U has dropped out and in others remained.

Words ending OR :

1. Actor
2. Ancestor
3. Auditor
4. Author
5. Chancellor
6. Collector
7. Conductor
8. Conqueror
9. Corridor
10. Creator
11. Debtor
12. Director
13. Doctor
14. Emperor
15. Equator
16. Error
17. Governor
18. Horror
19. Impostor
20. Instructor
21. Inventor
22. Liquor
23. Mayor
24. Minor
25. Persecutor
26. Predecessor
27. Professor
28. Radiator
29. Sailor
30. Sculptor
31. Solicitor
32. Spectator
33. Stupor
34. Survivor
35. Tailor
36. Terror
37. Traitor
38. Tremor
39. Visitor

Words ending OUR :

1. Ardour
2. Armour
3. Behaviour
4. Candour
5. Clamour
6. Colour
7. Demeanour
8. Endeavour
9. Flavour
10. Honour
11. Humour
12. Labour
13. Langour
14. Odour
15. Rigour
16. Rumour
17. Saviour
18. Splendour
19. Valour
20. Vapour
21. Vigour

Some of the words which retain U drop it when an ending is added.

1. Honorary
2. Humorous
3. Laborious
4. Odorous
5. Vigorous

(but : honourable)

Similarly, the endings AR &ER, RE & ABLE, IBLE & ENT, ANT & CEED and CEDE are confused. There are no rules to decide when to use one or another. They should be learnt by use and experience. Below are listed some common words with these endings.

Words ending AR :

1. Altar
2. Beggar
3. Burglar
4. Calendar
5. Caterpillar
6. Cellar
7. Cigar
8. Circular
9. Collar
10. Dollar
11. Grammar
12. Lunar
13. Particular
14. Peculiar
15. Pedlar
16. Pillar
17. Polar
18. Registrar
19. Regular
20. Scholar
21. Similar
22. Solar
23. Sugar
24. Vicar

Words ending ER :

1. Adventurer
2. Alter
3. Announcer
4. Baker
5. Biographer
6. Boarder
7. Character
8. Clever
9. Cricketer
10. Draper
11. Employer
12. Explorer
13. Farmer
14. Gardener
15. Interpreter
16. Juggler
17. Lawyer
18. Leather
19. Manner
20. Messenger
21. Miner
22. Minister
23. Passenger
24. Robber
25. Seller
26. Stationer
27. Summer
28. Tiger
29. Traveller
30. Villager

Words ending RE :

1. Acre
2. Calibre
3. Centre
4. Fibre
5. Lustre
6. Massacre
7. Meagre
8. Mediocre
9. Metre
10. Sceptre
11. Sombre
12. Theatre

Words ending ABLE :

1. Acceptable
2. Admirable
3. Adorable
4. Advisable
5. Agreeable
6. Answerable
7. Applicable
8. Available
9. Believable
10. Changeable
11. Comfortable
12. Comparable
13. Dependable
14. Desirable
15. Despicable
16. Durable
17. Excitable
18. Excusable
19. Fashionable
20. Formidable
21. Habitable
22. Improbable
23. Incurable
24. Indispensable
25. Indomitable
26. Inevitable
27. Inflamable
28. Innumerable
29. Inscrutable
30. Invaluable
31. Invulnerable
32. Irrevocable
33. Manageable
34. Notable
35. Noticeable
36. Peaceable
37. Practicable
38. Profitable
39. Recognizable
40. Recoverable
41. Reliable
42. Reputable
43. Respectable
44. Tolerable
45. Unbelievable
46. Valuable
47. Vulnerable
48. Workable

Words ending IBLE :

1. Accessible
2. Admissible
3. Audible
4. Combustible
5. Compatible
6. Comprehensible
7. Contemptible
8. Credible
9. Defensible
10. Divisible
11. Edible
12. Eligible
13. Feasible
14. Flexible
15. Forcible
16. Horrible
17. Incorrigible
18. Incredible
19. Indelible
20. Indivisible
21. Inexhaustible
22. Intelligible
23. Invincible
24. Irresistible
25. Irresponsible
26. Legible
27. Negligible
28. Permissible
29. Possible
30. Sensible
31. Susceptible
32. Terrible
33. Visible

Words ending ENT :

1. Abhorrent
2. Absent
3. Adjacent
4. Ancient
5. Apparent
6. Benevolent
7. Coherent
8. Competent
9. Confident
10. Consequent
11. Continent
12. Convenient
13. Correspondent
14. Decent
15. Different
16. Diligent
17. Efficient
18. Eminent
19. Evident
20. Excellent
21. Existent
22. Impertinent
23. Impotent
24. Impudent
25. Incident
26. Indolent
27. Innocent
28. Intelligent
29. Latent
30. Obedient
31. Opponent
32. Orient
33. Parent
34. Patient
35. Permanent
36. Pertinent
37. Potent
38. Precedent
39. Present
40. President
41. Prevalent
42. Prominent
43. Prudent
44. Resident
45. Salient
46. Silent
47. Sufficient
48. Superintendent
49. Supplement
50. Violent

Words ending ANT :

1. Abundant
2. Accountant
3. Arrogant
4. Ascendant
5. Assailant
6. Assistant
7. Attendant
8. Constant
9. Defiant
10. Dominant
11. Element
12. Emigrant
13. Extravagant
14. Fragrant
15. Ignorant
16. Important
17. Instant
18. Litigant
19. Peasant
20. Pedant
21. Pheasant
22. Pleasant
23. Protestant
24. Relevant
25. Reliant
26. Reluctant
27. Remnant
28. Resonant
29. Significant
30. Stagnant
31. Tenant
32. Vacant
33. Vagrant

Words ending CEED :

1. Exceed
2. Proceed
3. Succeed

Words ending CEDE :
1. Accede
2. Concede
3. Intercede
4. Precede
5. Recede
6. Secede

Words ending SEDE :

1. Supersede

(Note the only word ending SEDE)



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