Words beginning with te...
A branch of the performing arts is theatre.

Words beginning with te...

Her technique was very technical. Put your spelling cap on and see how many words beginning at te you know.

"I'm an intuitive musician. I have no real technical skills. I can only play six chords on the guitar." - Patti Smith.

One of the easiest types of errors to make in spelling is to mistake a pair of homophones for each other (is it a "pear" of homophones, or a "pair"?). Here is an interesting fact about the homophones "chord" and "cord". "Chord", as in the quotation above, means a combination of musical notes which sound good when played together. A "cord" on the other hand is a rope or strong string.

But these words did not always have the spellings we use now. "Chord" was spelled "cord" until the 17th century, because it derives from the word "accord", which means to agree. Playing certain notes together makes a harmony, the sounds "accord". Something odd happened, however, with this pair of homophones, because while "chord" used to be spelled "cord", "cord" was once spelled "chord"! This is because "cord" came from the Latin word, chorda. Can you guess what chorda means? String. Well, gut. And the strings for musical instruments which were made of gut....

When homophones can swap spellings in this way, what is a diligent student of spelling to do? Practise, of course! Test your spellings with this quiz.

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Relating to acting or the theatre
    If you can spell "theatre", you'll easily manage "theatrical"
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A group of three things; a trio, threesome or tierce
    The a of the unstressed second syllable is important to remember here
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Cloth produced from a fabric
    Add -ile to the word "text"
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A measure of cold or heat, often measurable with a thermometer
    Often this word is pronounced as if it has only three syllables, making the e of the second syllable tricky to remember
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Condition of being held in a state between two or more forces which are acting in opposition to each other
    Think of the word "tense" and you'll be nearly there with "tension"
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A branch of the performing arts
    "Theatre" ends in -re in UK English, although "theater" is correct elsewhere
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The usage and knowledge of tools, techniques and crafts
    The words "technique", "technical" and "technology" are related
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The feel or shape of a surface or substance; the smoothness, roughness, softness, etc
    Add the suffix -ure to the word "text"
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A place of worship
    "Temple" has the common -le ending
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The number of beats per minute in a piece of music
    The o of the second syllable makes the same sound as "oh", frequently spelled in English as -oe-

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