11-Plus English Quiz - Spelling: w and wh (Questions)

Wh- and w- words cause confusion in English when it comes to their spelling. Here's a useful tip: if it's a question word beginning with 'w-', then it's spelt with 'wh-'. For example: 'what?', 'where?'.

The trouble is that for words beginning with wh, the h isn't pronounced. Where and wear sound exactly the same. Not only do some people get the spelling wrong - they also get the word completely wrong. It's fairly common to see whether and weather mixed up! Here's a little phrase to help you remember what both mean.

As you can see, the two words are in alphabetical order ~ weather before whether. If you memorise this little phrase, it might help if you are unsure. Try this 11-plus quiz and see how well you do with 'wh-' and 'w-' spelling. By the way: question words are followed by a '?' and the meanings of the other words are given in the brackets.

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1. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] when?
[ ] why?
[ ] whitch (somebody with magic powers)
[ ] what?
2. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whiskey (an alcoholic drink)
[ ] whack (to hit with a loud sharp blow)
[ ] weat (grass with edible grain)
[ ] werewolf (somebody who can change into a wolf)
3. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whose?
[ ] weel (a rotating round part)
[ ] who?
[ ] whom?
4. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] warf (a docking place for ships)
[ ] whetstone (a stone used for sharpening tools and weapons)
[ ] weather (the condition of the atmosphere)
[ ] whist (a card game)
5. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] wasp (an insect)
[ ] warp (to get twisted)
[ ] whiff (slight or brief smell)
[ ] wheak (not strong or fit)
6. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whisper (to speak very quietly)
[ ] wish (desire)
[ ] were (past tense of verb 'be')
[ ] whealth (a great amount of money)
7. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] which?
[ ] why?
[ ] when?
[ ] wayer?
8. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] when?
[ ] where?
[ ] which?
[ ] whoose?
9. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whim (a sudden thought or idea)
[ ] wale (a big marine mammal)
[ ] whine (to make a high-pitched sorrowful sound)
[ ] wine (an alcoholic drink made from grapes)
10. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whip (to lash somebody or something)
[ ] welk (a marine mollusc: a sea creature)
[ ] wear (to clothe)
[ ] weave (to make cloth)
11-Plus English Quiz - Spelling: w and wh (Answers)
1. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] when?
[ ] why?
[x] whitch (somebody with magic powers)
[ ] what?
The spelling should be 'witch'
2. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whiskey (an alcoholic drink)
[ ] whack (to hit with a loud sharp blow)
[x] weat (grass with edible grain)
[ ] werewolf (somebody who can change into a wolf)
The spelling should be 'wheat'
3. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whose?
[x] weel (a rotating round part)
[ ] who?
[ ] whom?
The spelling should be 'wheel'
4. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[x] warf (a docking place for ships)
[ ] whetstone (a stone used for sharpening tools and weapons)
[ ] weather (the condition of the atmosphere)
[ ] whist (a card game)
The spelling should be 'wharf'
5. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] wasp (an insect)
[ ] warp (to get twisted)
[ ] whiff (slight or brief smell)
[x] wheak (not strong or fit)
The spelling should be 'weak'
6. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whisper (to speak very quietly)
[ ] wish (desire)
[ ] were (past tense of verb 'be')
[x] whealth (a great amount of money)
The spelling should be 'wealth'
7. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] which?
[ ] why?
[ ] when?
[x] wayer?
The spelling should be 'where'
8. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] when?
[ ] where?
[ ] which?
[x] whoose?
The spelling should be 'whose'
9. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whim (a sudden thought or idea)
[x] wale (a big marine mammal)
[ ] whine (to make a high-pitched sorrowful sound)
[ ] wine (an alcoholic drink made from grapes)
The spelling should be 'whale'
10. Which one of the following words has been spelt wrongly?
[ ] whip (to lash somebody or something)
[x] welk (a marine mollusc: a sea creature)
[ ] wear (to clothe)
[ ] weave (to make cloth)
The spelling should be 'whelk'