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Spelling:  -or-, -oor-, and -ore-
She looked gorgeous in her new dress.

Spelling: -or-, -oor-, and -ore-

More and moor are both spelt correctly, but mean different things. Do you know what they mean? Which of the following is correct?

  • When we walked on the more, Clara picked moor heather than me
  • When we walked on the moor, Clara picked more heather than me

Hopefully, you will know that the second option is correct. A moor is an expanse of land and more means greater. It's important to use the correctly spelt word when writing, otherwise your audience can very easily get the wrong end of the stick. If you are not sure of the spelling of a particular word, if you find a synonym of that word and look it up in a thesaurus. Your word is bound to be in the list!

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1.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the noun that means 'a ceramic material used for making plates, cups and other objects'?
porcelain
poorcelain
porecelain
pawrcelain
She always used porcelain tea cups
2.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the adjective that means 'no points or goals scored'?
scorless
scoreless
scoorless
scareless
Although scoreless, it was an exciting football match
3.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the verb that means 'to predict or work out what is likely to happen'?
fourcast
forcast
forecast
foorcast
The weather reporters have forecast rain for tomorrow
4.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the adjective that means 'currently inactive or not in use'?
doremant
dormant
dowrmant
doormant
The virus lay dormant for the time being
5.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the noun that means 'the feeling of being fed up'?
boordom
bordom
boredom
bawrdom
As the night drew on, boredom descended on the group
6.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the noun that means 'a bullfighter on horseback'?
torador
tooreador
toriador
toreador
Well done if you knew this word
7.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the adjective that means 'very beautiful'?
gawrgeous
goorgeous
goregeous
gorgeous
She looked gorgeous in her new dress
8.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the noun that means 'the section of the human arm between the elbow and the wrist'?
forarm
foorarm
forearm
fourarm
Since taking up training, his forearms were more muscular
9.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the noun that means '40'?
forty
fourty
forety
foty
You'd be surprised by how many people spell 40 as 'fourty' because 4 is spelt 'four'
10.
Which of the following words is the correct spelling for the noun that means 'wizard'?
sorceror
soorcerer
sorcerer
sorecerer
The sorcerer stirred the pot and spoke in a strange language
Author:  Frank Evans

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