Groups of Consonants

Groups of Consonants : Grammar & Spelling Tips

Words with a cluster of two, three or more consonants are easy to misspell. You may put the letters in the wrong order or use too few or too many:

• Remember to put the n before the m in enmity and environment.

• Remember the first h in ophthalmic, diphtheria and naphtha.

• Remember the p in symptom.

• There is a double h in withhold, but only one in threshold.

• Don't put a p in hamster or a d in pigeon.

Some vowel combinations are tricky too.

a comes before u in gauge, but after u in guard.

u comes before o in buoy and buoyant.

• Remember all the vowels in manoeuvre.

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