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Spelling 3 - Find the Wrong Spellings
Meditation, meditasion or meditashun?

Spelling 3 - Find the Wrong Spellings

We have learnt that spellings are just as important as parts of speech. The English language has many spelling conventions. For instance, while LOCATION and INVASION have a different set of four letters at their endings, their end pronunciation is similar. The peculiarity of English is that the pronunciation is not entirely dependent on the spellings. Though the letters have specific sounds, their pronunciations are different in certain combinations.

One of the common occurrences in English is the presence of silent letters. THISTLE is a word that has the second T silent. Similarly, KNICKKNACK has two out of the four Ks silent and BENIGN has G silent.

There are several conventions which are followed in respect of specific spellings. For instance, one of the conventions is E follows I in words such as FRIEND. However, when they are preceded by C the order changes in words such as PERCEIVE. Unfortunately, the conventions have exceptions and this fact makes it more difficult for us to remember the correct spellings.

Spellings become more difficult when you hear a word rather than read it. For example, if the word is EVASION or CONVENTION, which are the correct spellings, we may get confused and write them as EVATION or CONVENSION because both are pronounced the same as far as the last four letters are concerned in each of the words.

The best way to learn spellings is to practise and use words regularly. Whenever we have a doubt it is better to consult a dictionary and firm up the correct spellings. There are many such conventions and by taking the following quiz you will learn some of them.

1.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
whistle watt
wispere warme
what work
when wait
The correct spellings are 'whisper' and 'warm'. Note that there appears to be no rule for starting a word with WH instead of just W
2.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
cought wraite woud reciept
high wreak should psalm
night wrest calf psychic
sigh wrong talk coup
The correct spellings are 'caught', 'write', 'would' and 'receipt'. Note that the words in this question have silent letters. 'Caught' has a silent GH, 'write' has a silent W, 'would' has a silent L and 'receipt' has a silent P. Can you find the silent letter in the other words given in the options?
3.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
puddle spinal
coupal technicle
needle rascal
multiple petal
The correct spellings are 'couple' and 'technical'. Note that the words in this question end with a common sound but with different spellings
4.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
paddle coastal
able normal
kindal arrivle
edible thermal
The correct spellings are 'kindle' and 'arrival'. Note that the words in this question end with a common sound but with different spellings
5.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
eight friend
niether yeild
seize fierce
weird thief
The correct spellings are 'neither' and 'yield'. Note that the words in this question have either EI or IE in them. When the sound is E, IE is used and when the sound is other than E, EI is used. However, there are exceptions such as the word 'friend'
6.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
wheate worme
white with
whip walk
whirl warn
The correct spellings are 'wheat' and 'worm'. Note that there appears to be no rule for starting a word with WH instead of just W
7.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
explosion immersion
persuasion extension
decision expulsion
divishion emulshion
The correct spellings are 'division' and 'emulsion'. Note that the words in this question end with SION. Usually, words such as the verb DECIDE that ends with DE are converted into a noun with the ending SION. Note that the ending SION follows the letters R or N
8.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
nockdown autum iland casle
condemn precis knot teeth
aisle column know ballet
hymn debris knife listen
The correct spellings are 'autumn', 'island', 'castle' and 'knockdown'. Note that the words in this question have silent letters. 'Knockdown' has a silent K, 'autumn' has a silent N, 'island' has a silent S and 'castle' has a silent T. Can you find the silent letter in the other words given in the options?
9.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
conceit relieve
ceiling priest
deceive field
concieve beleif
The correct spellings are 'conceive' and 'belief'. Note that the words in this question have either EI or IE in them. When the sound is the same as EE, IE is used except after the letter C when EI is preferred
10.
Choose the option which has the wrong spelling.
accommodation location
creation rotation
education mediation
donashion meditashun
The correct spellings are 'donation' and 'meditation'. Note that the words in this question end with TION. Words ending with ATE such as DONATE are converted into DONATION
Author:  V T Narendra

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