Words beginning with al...
The hotel had every amenity that we required.

Words beginning with al...

Although you may be good at spelling, test yourself in this KS3 quiz with these words beginning at al.

"... the English alphabet is pure insanity, it can hardly spell any word in the language with any degree of certainty." - Mark Twain.

English, unlike many other languages, is not spelled phonetically. For instance, the "ph" used in the spelling of "alphabet" is a substitution for the Greek letter phi, ϕ. (Remember that "alpha" is the name for the first letter in the Greek alphabet.) Although the sound can be made more efficiently by using one letter, f, English instead preserves the French spelling it borrowed when the word "alphabet" first made its appearance in the language. And while "spell" could perhaps be spelled with only one l (spel), the use of the double l preserves a link to the Old English verb "spellian". See? It all makes perfect sense!

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The space between two lines or planes that intersect
    Remember not to mix up "angles" and "angels". Otherwise your maths teacher might be rather surprised!
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A quantity or volume
    The key part of this word to remember is the vowel combination, ou
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A character set used to write a language
    "Alpha" is the name for the first letter of the Greek alphabet
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Living both on land and in water
    Being unstressed, the -an ending might be the trickiest part of this word. You'll also need to remember the use of ph to spell the "f" sound
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Using the voice; not silently
    Remember not to get this word mixed up with "allowed"!
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    It was difficult, a------- not as difficult as we had expected
    If you can spell "though", you can probably also spell "although"
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To look at closely or to take apart
    You might have to work at remembering "analyse" and "analysis"
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    "The hotel had every a--------- that we required"
    "Amenity" is one of those words which has diminished over time. It is usually limited to describing features of the human environment in promotional materials
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A process of dismantling or separating into constituent elements
    Did you know that the plural of "analysis" is "analyses"?
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Arranged in order according to the alphabet
    "Alphabet" + -ical

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