Words beginning with th...
Someone who travels for pleasure rather than for business is a tourist.

Words beginning with th...

Though he thought it through, it still failed. Check your spelling of words beginning at th.

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." - Henry David Thoreau.

Thoreau's description of creating mental pathways refers to the way in which habits are developed. These can be physical habits, such as those which create a path on the ground, and mental habits, such as those which shape a person's view of the world.

Thoreau surely did not have spelling in mind when he compared the physical and the mental formation of paths, but it is true that spelling habits develop through repetition, too. This is why practice really does help a person become a confident speller. It is equally true that repeatedly misspelling words becomes a habit which is difficult to break. Try to develop good habits from the start when you learn a new word by paying attention to how it is spelled.

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
    The a of the unstressed second syllable might be the trickiest letter to remember here
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    On the day after the present day
    Remember: one m and double r. It can be helpful to split the word into parts: to-morrow
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    From one side of an opening to the other
    The -ough spelling here makes an "ew" sound, which can be rather surprising when learning to read! It's odd that "though" and "through" are pronounced so differently
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A publication that provides synonyms (and sometimes antonyms) for the words of a given language
    A "thesaurus" sounds as if it might be a type of dinosaur! Did you know that the word comes from the Greek for "treasury"?
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    An apparatus used to measure temperature
    The words "thermometer" and "thermal" are related
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume
    "Timbre" is a French word, which accounts for the -re ending
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The commercial buying and selling of goods and services
    So many ways to make an "a" sound: a-e, ae, ai, ay. Can you think of any more?
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Someone who travels for pleasure rather than for business
    Take "tour" and add the suffix -ist
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    'The horse t------- its rider'
    Be careful not to get "threw" mixed up with its homonym "through"!
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The act of travelling or sightseeing
    If you can spell "tourism", you'll easily manage "tourist"

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