Words beginning with an...
A demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together is a round of applause.

Words beginning with an...

Words beginning at an, such as announce and anoint, can be tricky knowing whether to use one n or two. Test yourself in this KS3 spelling quiz.

"Please, Ma'am, how do you spell ichael?" The teacher was rather bewildered. "Don't you mean "Michael?" she asked. "No, ma'am, I've written the M already"!

It takes many skills to learn to spell with accuracy. Some people use their visual memory, recognising when a word just doesn't look right. Other people use muscle memory, so that it seems as if their writing hand somehow knows what letter to form next, or their typing fingers automatically reach for the next key. These are important skills which demonstrate how much mere practice will help with spelling. Memorising certain general rules also helps. Michael, for example, could be spelled in multiple ways if you weren't sure: Mikel, Meikle, Mikul would certainly work. But if you've seen the name Michael enough times, you will know that these spellings just don't look right. Without context, few people would be able to spell the nonsensical "ichael"!

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper or magazine
    The -le ending is often a sign that an English word came from French
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
    The final -e of "argue" is lost when adding the -ment suffix
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The mark used to indicate the omission of one or more letters from a printed word
    The final -e here sounds as if it might be spelled -ie or -y. This pronunciation is not typical of an English word; the spelling hints at the word's Greek origin
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
    Here the tricky bit is the digraph,"au"
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Imprecise but close to in quantity or amount
    Here is a double p to remember
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To give sanction to
    This o-e dipthong is not pronounced as you might think, making it difficult to remember when spelling the word
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Equipment designed to serve a specific function
    Work on remembering the double p
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    An indication of agreement with a proposal
    Here it is useful to remember that "approve" is spelled with an o. This will help you to remember the o of "approval"
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    An appraisal or evaluation
    "Assess" + -ment
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A collection of literary works, such as poems or short stories
    Many words end with the suffix, -ology, which means a specific area of knowledge

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