Words beginning with ou...
A thin board on which a painter lays and mixes colours is a palette.

Words beginning with ou...

The dancer was outstanding and ought to receive a standing ovation. Test your KS3 spelling knowledge of words beginning at ou.

"Lots of people can write a good first page but to sustain it, that's my litmus test. If I flip to the middle of the book and there's a piece of dialogue that's just outstanding, or a description, then I'll flip back to the first page and start it." - Carl Hiaasen.

One way to develop prowess in spelling is to create groups of interrelated words. You might take a stem, for example, and think of all the words you know which include this stem. "Sustain", for example, is related to "retain", "contain", "detain" and "obtain". Or, you might take a prefix or suffix and collect words which include it. For instance, the sus- of "sustain" can also be found in "suspend" and "susceptible". Spending some time on exercises like these will not only help your spelling, but will also give you an impressive vocabulary!

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A short narrative illustrating a lesson (usually religious/moral) by comparison or analogy
    Certainly not to be confused with "parabola"!
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Shocking; cruel; immoral
    "Outrage" plus -ous makes "outrageous"
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A chemical element
    The y is the key letter to remember here
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    Short passages into which longer texts are divided
    Do you recognise the "graph" element of this word?
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    A small booklet of printed informational matter
    The letter combination -phl- is not a common one, which can help in remembering this spelling
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Two or more (straight) lines equally distant from one another at all points
    Single r, double l, single l
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    Institution whose elected or appointed members meet to debate the major political issues of the day
    Don't be caught out by the -ia- in "parliament"
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A thin board on which a painter lays and mixes colours
    Be careful not to confuse "palette" with its homonym, "pallet"
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    A quadrilateral in which each pair of opposite edges are parallel and of equal length
    If you can spell "parallel", you'll have a huge advantage in attempting "parallelogram"!
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The act of sharing in the activities of a group
    The words "participate", "participant" and "participation" are related

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