The basic building block of the English language is the alphabet, which contains twenty-six letters, five of which are vowels and twenty-one others are consonants. With these letters thousands of words can be formed that help us to communicate with one another. Words that are formed have letters in them that are put together in a particular order so that the meanings are clear to everyone. Sometimes a single letter missing from a word or an extra letter added to a word would not sound right.
As mentioned in earlier quizzes spellings are complicated when used in the spoken form. Many times when we hear a word pronounced we think we know the correct spelling but after you have written down the spelling you realise that you might have made a mistake. Take a look at this example:
If someone speaks as follows ‘you THERE, come HERE and HEAR what I say carefully’ it is possible that you might write it as ‘‘you THEIR, come HEAR and HERE what I say carefully.’ Therefore, in order not to make mistakes it is up to you to practice regularly and learn all the spellings thoroughly and more importantly remember them while using them in the written form.
Sometimes, a single letter is the difference between the correct spelling and the wrong spelling. If you run through a majority of the words you will find that you are off the mark by a single letter. For instance your favourite snack the BISCUIT is not BISCUT and you need to remember to add an I after the U.
More often than not you would be correct if you follow a pronunciation and write down the spellings. However, there are exceptions and it is the exceptions that you must learn and practice to improve your spelling. Take this quiz and test your knowledge of spellings.
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