Correct spelling, explanation: occasional is built by derivation. This means, the base word, occasion gets the suffix -al to create an adjective. The process is quite straightforward and the spelling does not change there. If you wonder why occasional is written with only one s – it’s because of the origin of the word being a Latin word occasio, which also only has one s.
Definition of occasional:
1. rare, happening only sometimes
Besides occasional temper tantrum Daisy is a very well behaved child.
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Incorrect spelling, explanation:
occassional is an incorrect word, but it’s true it can be confusing when the letters are doubled. If you struggle with the spelling, it’s best to take the word apart into the base word occasion – and then the added suffix -al. As you see, occasional is the correct spelling, because in the process there is no need to add another s. So if you ever struggle with writing back occasional, think of the word occasion, and it should help you out.
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