Spelling:  -igh
The word 'light' is pronounced with a silent 'gh'.

Spelling: -igh

This KS2 English spelling quiz looks at the letters 'igh'. Light, sight and fright are spelled with a 'gh', but they are silent letters. Many familiar English words use the spelling 'igh' for the 'long i' sound (as in the word 'sight'). It may seem strange now and you may have been told that the 'gh' is 'silent'. Several hundred years ago, English people pronounced the 'gh' in words like 'night'. The pronunciation changed over time, but the spelling stayed the same.

You may find learning to spell boring - but it's an important skill in English. You will have more chance of getting a job if you can spell, so keep on practising.

Luckily, most of these words are fairly easy to remember - see if you can, by taking this '-igh' quiz.

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  1. Choose the correct spellings.
    If you ____ a bird, it will ____ away.
    If you frighten a bird, it will fly away.
  2. Choose the correct spellings.
    Although I hold my hockey stick in my left hand, I ____ with my ____ hand.
    Although I hold my hockey stick in my left hand, I write with my right hand. 'Write' and 'right' are homophones.
  3. Choose the correct spellings.
    The apple was so shiny and such a ____ red colour, that Snow White could not help taking a ____.
    The apple was so shiny and such a bright red colour, that Snow White could not help taking a bite.
  4. Choose the correct spellings.
    They were still ____ up the mountainside when they suddenly realised that it would soon be ____.
    They were still high up the mountainside when they suddenly realised that it would soon be twilight.
  5. Choose the correct spellings.
    The ____ were looking for a castle where they could spend the ____.
    The knights were looking for a castle where they could spend the night.
  6. Choose the correct spellings.
    The audience cheered with ____ as the juggler balanced on the ____.
    The audience cheered with delight as the juggler balanced on the tightrope.
  7. Choose the correct spellings.
    I ____ change ____ mind tomorrow.
    I might change my mind tomorrow.
  8. Choose the correct spellings.
    Mr. Howard could never understand ____ the ____ of one of the legs of his chair was different from that of the rest.
    Mr. Howard could never understand why the height of one of the legs of his chair was different from that of the rest.
  9. Choose the correct spellings.
    The child ____ deeply, then his lip wobbled and he began to ____.
    The child sighed deeply, then his lip wobbled and he began to cry.
  10. Choose the correct spellings.
    She ____ to ____ her shoelaces.
    She tried to tighten her shoelaces.

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