Only use full when full spelling rule -
adding the suffix -ful to words



When we add -ful to the end of words it changes the meaning, like beautiful, wonderful, stressful, helpful.

But do we use ful or full at the end of words? A single L or double LL? Ful or full?

Which is the correct spelling for these words?
hopeful or hopefull?
beautiful or beautifull?
grateful or gratefull?
wonderful or wonderfull?

Answers
hopeful
beautiful
grateful
wonderful

Can you see there's only one L in -ful at the end of these words?

Ful in these words is called a suffix which is a little word we put on the end of words to change the meaning. So there’s only one way to spell these words and that’s with a single ‘L’

But many people aren’t sure or don’t know this rule and use full with double L at the end of the word instead of a single L.

But we only use full when full when it’s alone:

Full up
Full on
It's full
Full marks
A full sandwich
A full train etc

But when we add –ful to the ends of words it’s a single L.

By adding -ful to words we can make adjectives like:
wonderful
useful
successful
dreadful
careful
helpful
frightful
delightful
forgetful
beautiful - the y becomes i beauty - beautiful
plentiful - the y becomes i plenty - plentiful
merciful - the y becomes i mercy - merciful
fanciful - the y becomes i fancy - fanciful

We can also add -ful to nouns like:
bucketful
mouthful
handful
cupful
spoonful
pocketful
bagful
headful

Adding -ly

When we add -ly to words ending in -ful then we have double letters
gratefully
faithfully
hopefully

This is one of the most straightforward and easiest of the spelling rules.

Remember only use full when full.

spelling tests

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Spelling test sentences / answers

1. That dress is very colourful.

2. I'm very grateful for your help.

3. My country is so beautiful.

4. I had a dreadful day yesterday.

5. I hope this is useful and helpful.

6. Please be careful, it's very full.

7. My job search was successful, I now have a wonderful job.




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