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Spelling: -ough

This KS2 English spelling quiz is all about the letters 'ough'. Rough, bough and cough are spelled similarly but pronounced very differently. Did you know that there are seven different ways to pronounce 'ough' in English? This makes some words difficult to spell and to read - 'ought' looks as if it should rhyme with 'slough', but it doesn't at all!

The seven different ways to pronounce 'ough' are:-

  1. plough like ow in power
  2. cough like off
  3. though like o in no
  4. through like oo in boo
  5. rough like uff in fluff
  6. ought like aw in claw
  7. borough like a in above

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  1. Choose the correct spellings.
    My Mum ____ my Dad was looking thin and ____, so she ____ him some vitamins and minerals.
    My Mum thought my Dad was looking thin and gaunt, so she bought him some vitamins and minerals.
  2. Choose the correct spellings.
    Do we have ____ flour to make a double batch of pastry ____?
    Do we have enough flour to make a double batch of pastry dough?
  3. Choose the correct spellings.
    ____ the leaves, he could just spy the forlorn figure of the cat sitting on one of the uppermost ____ of the fir tree.
    Through the leaves, he could just spy the forlorn figure of the cat sitting on one of the uppermost boughs of the fir tree.
  4. Choose the correct spellings.
    When the clown fell off the stage, I ____ the urge to ____.
    When the clown fell off the stage, I fought the urge to laugh.
  5. Choose the correct spellings.
    ____ the snake looked smooth, it was actually very ____.
    Although the snake looked smooth, it was actually very rough.
  6. Choose the correct spellings.
    The farmer tried unsuccessfully to train his ____ to pull the ____.
    The farmer tried unsuccessfully to train his goats to pull the plough. American English, however, uses the spelling 'plow'.
  7. Choose the correct spellings.
    Despite suddenly beginning to ____, I still ____ the ball.
    Despite suddenly beginning to cough, I still caught the ball.
  8. Choose the correct spellings.
    Their ____ knew that she ____ to say sorry, even if it would be difficult.
    Their daughter knew that she ought to say sorry, even if it would be difficult.
  9. Choose the correct spellings.
    The chef ____ everyone the best way to cook a piece of ____ beef.
    The chef taught everyone the best way to cook a piece of tough beef.
  10. Choose the correct spellings.
    I ____ I ____ the banana peel in the bin.
    I thought I threw the banana peel in the bin.

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