Are there rules for spelling when a word starts with a vowel followed by a consonant: e.g., allow instead of alow, attend instead of atend and so on?


It depends on the vowel being short or long; generally, a short vowel is followed by a double consonant, a long vowel by one, in a two-syllable word. There are always exceptions!

Updated on April 10, 2018

Original Article:

When to Double Consonants in Spelling: Rules and Examples
By Ann Carr