Correct spelling, explanation: the reason for this spelling is the suffix -ful (meaning full of, characterized by) is written with just one l (which may be confusing due to its meaning). Thus help + ful is helpful, not
Definition of helpful:
adjective, characterized by a willingness to help
She was very helpful and explained to me the whole homework.
Assistants in this shop aren’t much helpful and sometimes they are rude. I don’t go there anymore.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: the spelling of this word may be confusing, because of the meaning that suffix -ful gives to an adjective (full of or characterized by), but this suffix is spelled only with one l. This is why helpful is the correct form.
Helpfull is a common misspelling.
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The word helpfull is correct while the word helpful is not correct
Helpfull is an archaic form of helpful and is no longer correct.
Why dont we write it as helpfull
Hello! Thank you very much for this! it was very ‘helpful’ see what I did there? lol anyways I’m writing a feedback thing for a children’s hospital and I didn’t know if it was helpful or helpfull! you see I’m writing it on paper and auto-correct isn’t a thing on paper except for this awesome website! lucky I did ‘helpful’ first just in-case it was ‘helpfull’. I will check back for words that I do not know how to spell! (Also I’m very sorry if I don’t do that much capitalisation I can’t do it that well without like auto-correct or you to be honest!) Now everyone I recommend this! if there was a rating system it would get, ★★★★★. but people who don’t like using websites that much then use a dictionary! Thanks so much! (Agian lol). Also a tip for how I did the stars, go onto setting > general > keyboard > keyboards > add new keyboard > Japanese – Kana or setting > general > keyboard > keyboards > add new keyboard > Japanese – Romaji.
Thanks for clearing that up. After all these years using English, reading, writing, sometimes we go blank. This was really helpful. 🙂
Oh boy I totally assumed the second spelling is valid. Thank you for this info.
This was very helpful.