Words beginning with pa...
Any of several subdued shades of colours, usually associated with pink, peach, yellow, green, blue and lavender is pastel.

Words beginning with pa...

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"We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun - together." - Walt Disney.

Have you ever noticed the strange behaviour of the letters v and f in English? Many words, such as "deceptive", end in an -ive, but sound as if the ending ought to be spelled -if. Other words, such as "belief" have an f in one form and a v in another, i.e. "believe". "Chief" and "achieve" are related, perhaps surprising, and also demonstrate the swapping of f and v.

Did you know that the letters f and v are formed the same way in the mouth, with the tongue and lips in the same position, but that one of the letters is "voiced" and the other is "unvoiced"?

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Try making these two sounds. Can you guess which is which? F is unvoiced and you can hear and feel the difference because it takes a little puff of breath to make the sound, compared to a v. This tiny variation in sound means that the two letters have been somewhat interchangeable at times and in certain positions in words. Can you think of other examples where the main difference between two words hinges on an alternating v/f?

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A body with very small size; a fragment
    "Particle" is one of those pesky words ending in -le
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Any of several subdued shades of colours, usually associated with pink, peach, yellow, green, blue and lavender
    Not to be confused with "pastille"!
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The total distance around an object
    Why is it "metre" but "perimeter"? No wonder spelling isn't easy!
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The collision of two bodies in order to produce a sound
    Remember that there is a double s in "percussion"
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
    The a of the unstressed final syllable can be tricky
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To do something in front of an audience in order to entertain
    The words "perform", "performer" and "performance" are related
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A model or the instructions from which a copy is made
    Remember the double t
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A string of characters used to log in to a computer or network
    "Password" is a compound noun
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    A group of human beings considered generally or collectively
    The o is a bit of a surprise in this word!
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Not at war or disturbed by strife or turmoil
    Add the suffix -ful to make an adjective from the noun, "peace"

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