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Spelling:  Double Consonants
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Spelling: Double Consonants

Double consonants are two of the same letters together, such as in the word 'letter' (t is seen twice). Consonants are letters of the alphabet that are not vowels (a, e, i, o, u). As always in English, it's not so straightforward.

Let's take the word cut. That's simple enough, isn't it? But when we add er, do we need to add an extra t or not? In this case we do. Cut, cutter, cutting. If we left it with just one t, it would be cuter which means more cute.

Some words take an extra consonant, and some don't. As always, it's a case of memorising them so keep on practising until you feel confident about spelling. Try this 11-plus quiz for a start and if you don't get full marks, try it again until you do.

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1.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
thin-thinner
hot-hotter
small-smallest
big-biger
The correct spelling is bigger
2.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
sing-singging
sun-sunny
cancel-cancelled
wash-washed
The correct spelling is singing
3.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
trip-tripped
wax-waxxing
rip-ripped
strip-stripped
Waxing is how it should be spelt
4.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
help-helping
travel-traveling
run-running
sell-selling
The correct spelling is travelling
5.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
eat-eatting
cut-cutting
drown-drowning
walk-walking
It should be eating
6.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
pump-pumped
enrol-enrolled
bow-bowwed
die-died
Bowed is the correct spelling
7.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
open-opened
show-showwed
bet-betted
saw-sawed
It should be showed
8.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
visit-visitted
talk-talked
signal-signalled
long-longer
It should be visited
9.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
deep-deeper
start-starter
begin-beginer
metal-metallic
It should be beginner
10.
Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelt second word?
slim-slimmer
end-ended
begin-beginning
offer-offerring
It should be offering
Author:  Frank Evans

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