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Spelling 2 - Find the Wrong Spellings
Autumn, autum, ortum or ortem?

Spelling 2 - Find the Wrong Spellings

Spelling is important in English. Spellings make the language very colourful and interesting. You will come across words that have spellings which make use of letters in the written form but these letters are not used in pronunciation. For instance, LAUGH is pronounced with an F sound and does not make use of the sounds related to the letters U, G and H. You will find many such words with silent letters.

Spellings become important because words are formed from letters. All of us know our English alphabet but that is not enough! Since words are formed from letters these words must be standardised so that anyone who knows English can communicate in that language. Imagine a situation where there are no accepted spellings and no grammar. It would be chaos! None of us would be able to understand what anyone else is saying. English as a language would be dead. In order to preserve the sanctity of the language certain rules must be followed and spelling of words is one such rule.

Different words belong to the different parts of speech and these words have definite spellings. Sometimes, words from one part of speech can also belong to another part of speech. Since words are written and spoken, pronunciation is also a part of spelling. Here, some words have the same spellings but different pronunciations and different meanings, as in the case of WIND. Some other words have different spellings and different meanings but the same pronunciation, as in the case of HERE and HEAR.

These types of abnormalities are found in every language and English is no exception! It is only through sheer practise and lots of reading, writing, speaking, listening and consulting dictionaries that we learn spellings. Take this quiz and learn more about spellings.

1.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
ghaastly grusome horid
sorrowful depressed dejected
loyal dependable sincere
anguish anxiety worry
The correct spellings are 'ghastly', 'gruesome' and 'horrid'. Note that all the words in each group are synonyms
2.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
foriegn riegn fein
beret depot malign
watch match batch
wrought wrinkle wriggle
The correct spellings are 'foreign', 'reign' and 'feign'. Note that all the words in this question have silent letters
3.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
doe dough dhow
rase raiys raize
their there they're
cent scent sent
The correct spellings are 'raise', 'rays' and 'raze'. All the words in this question are homophones, that is words with different spellings but the same pronunciation. You may have thought that 'dhow' was an incorrect answer but it is not. Dhow is a rare word in English, used to describe a type of ship
4.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
angere enreage maden
answer reply respond
awful dreadful terrible
incorrect mistaken erroneous
The correct spellings are 'anger, 'enrage' and 'madden'. Note that all the words in each group are synonyms
5.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
myth legend phoenix
story tale fable
genuine real true
tink contemplat refalect
The correct spellings are 'think', 'contemplate' and 'reflect'. Note that all the words in each group are synonyms
6.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
honest upright moral
escape elope flee
run sprint dash
stuned stupefeid amezed
The correct spellings are 'stunned', 'stupefied' and 'amazed'. Note that all the words in each group are synonyms
7.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
wrestle trestle apostle
aisle island debris
autum colum solem
corps coup psalm,
The correct spellings are 'autumn', 'column' and 'solemn'. Note that all the words in this question have silent letters
8.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
chronicl memoire biographe
stop cease halt
conclude end finish
quit leave depart
The correct spellings are 'chronicle', 'memoir' and 'biography'. Note that all the words in each group are synonyms
9.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
slow unhurried gradual
showe displaye exhibite
scared afraid frightened
vexed troubled disturbed
The correct spellings are 'show', 'display' and 'exhibit'. Note that all the words in each group are synonyms
10.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
align alight fright
knight knock knead
gnashe gnawe gnate
talk walk folk
The correct spellings are 'gnash', 'gnaw' and 'gnat'. Note that all the words in this question have silent letters
Author:  V T Narendra

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