Words beginning with na...
A work of prose fiction, longer than a short story is a novel.

Words beginning with na...

Don't be naughty! Play this KS3 spelling quiz on words beginning at na and get in the good books of your family and teachers.

"Actors are the best and worst of people. They're like kids. When they're good, they're very very good. When they're bad they're very very naughty." - Kenneth Branagh.

The word "naughty" does not seem like a serious one. It is often used for children, and in fact, in the quote above, Branagh's joke depends on his audience understanding that the word is applied to children. The fact that he is able to intensify it by using the word "very" twice implies that being naughty is not especially serious. It might, therefore, be a surprise to know that the word used to mean "evil" or "wicked" and be taken very seriously indeed.

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If you consider the source of the word, you would discover why it held such a strong meaning. The word "naughty" was created as an adjective by adding the suffix -y to the word "naught", which, of course, means "nothing". What could be worse than being nothing at all? But language, as you should know, changes over time and this sense has been lost altogether.

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    'Encyclopedias, how-to manuals and biographies are all considered n------------'
    If you can spell "fiction", "non-fiction" should be easy!
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    The person providing the voice-over in a documentary
    Remember that the word "narrator" ends in an -or
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A work of prose fiction, longer than a short story
    "Novel" also means "new"
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    That which exists and evolved within the confines of an eco-system
    The words "nature" and "natural" are related
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Multiple computers and other devices connected together to share information
    "Network" is a compound noun
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Needed, required
    "Necessary" has only one C, but two Ss
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Apprehensive or anxious
    "Nervous" ends in an -ous
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    'Import tariffs were raised for the n-------- interest'
    The a of the unstressed final syllable might be tricky
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A group of people sharing aspects of language, culture and/or ethnicity
    The words "nation" and "national" are related
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Of number, less than zero
    The a of the unstressed second syllable can be difficult to remember. It helps to know that "negative" and "negate" are related

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