Correct spelling, explanation: intelligent is a word of Latin origin – intelligere. To adjust the word to the standards of English grammar, the Latin word dropped the -ere ending, and an appropriate English suffix took its place. In the case of the word intelligent, the suffix used is -ent to create an adjective. Besides that, the structure of the base word is relatively unchanged.
Definition of intelligent:
1. having a high level of intelligence; smart, clever
Stephen is a very intelligent guy, he’s good at science and logical thinking.
Nowadays we call intelligent not only people but also machines, such as computers or smartphones.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: when we pronounce the word intelligent, we do not put much emphasis on the double l so it may seem like inteligent is an acceptable spelling of this word. This is not true. The main thing we look at when considering the spelling is the etymology, and in this case, the origin of the word is the Latin intelligere – this influences the current spelling of the word, meaning we should always write intelligent with the double l.
Still not sure?Ask your question in our comments section below (we reply to all comments within 24 hours)
or return to main search.