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    AirbusA321 is offline Banned
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    useful

    Why is "useful" spelled with just an "u" but "you" with "yo" before the "u" although they sound pretty much the same?

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    Re: useful

    And why is there a u in four and fourteen but not in forty?

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    Re: useful

    The name of the letter begins with a consonant sound so we write a "u".

    A comprehensive dictionary will help you understand why English words are spelled as they are.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: useful

    When it comes to English spelling, it's best never to ask "Why?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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