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Question:

Which of the following is spelled correctly, showing an exception to a spelling rule?

A publicly
explanation


"publicly" is correct because it is spelled correctly but breaks the -ic rule, so it is an exception. The rule states, “To make the adverb form of an adjective ending in -ic, add -al before adding the -ly”.
"basically" is incorrect because it follows the -ic rule.
'frantically' is incorrect because it follows the -ic rule.
"dramatically" is incorrect because it follows the -ic rule.