posted by sally on .
how do you know when to use ous, ious, eous, or uous when spelling. im asking for in the sense of a rule or something that can help me out while im spelling. And if you have any can you please give me some other rules that my also help me out.
I coached spelling bee teams for many years and also pronounced at our county spelling bee for even more years.
I know of no rules that apply to those suffixes. There are no rules for -ant and -ent either. You'll need to memorize them by writing and saying them over and over. Flash cards help -- posting them all over your bedroom and on mirrors.
Good luck -- and happy spelling!