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A member of an army, of any rank, is a soldier.

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"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve." - Max Planck.

If the world is a mystery, and human beings mysterious because they are part of that world, is it any surprise that a human production such as language is also mysterious? If you find spelling easy, then very well done! But if you find it difficult, try not to despair. The more familiar you grow with words and the variety of rules which govern their spelling, the more strange language can come to seem. The English language is old and has developed over many centuries, recording many of these changes in its spelling. It is not phonetic, which means that you cannot reliably pronounce words by looking at their spelling, or spell them accurately by "sounding it out". There are also multiple correct ways to spell certain words at any one time, for instance, words which have an -ise ending, such as "organise". can be spelled equally correctly with an -ize ending (i.e. "organize"). It's a great deal of work to keep track of all of this information, so don't be fooled into thinking that spelling English ought to be easy!

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The undying essence of a human. The soul
    "Spirit" derives from the Latin spirare, to breathe
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A range of colours representing light of contiguous frequencies
    The u of the unstressed final syllable is the key letter to remember
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A member of an army, of any rank
    "Soldier" is pronounced as if it has a j or g in the middle, which can make spelling the word a bit tricky
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A homogeneous mixture formed by dissolving one or more substances
    The words "solution" and "solute" are related
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A reporter's informant
    The ou digraph might be the trickiest part here
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality
    What sound do you notice the -ci- making here?
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Of or pertaining to the spirit or the soul
    If you can spell "spirit", you'll have little difficulty with "spiritual"
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    An explicit set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product or service
    Add the -ation suffix to "specific"
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The collection of computer programs providing the instructions which operate a computer
    "Software" is a compound word. Remember, not "wear", but "ware"!
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The act of a character speaking to himself so as to reveal his thoughts to the audience
    There's nothing for it - you'll just have to use those brain cells for this one!

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