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Year 2 - y to ies
Why does the 'Y' disappear in words ending with 'Y'?

Year 2 - y to ies

This ‘y to ies’ spelling quiz tests KS1 children on words that lose the ‘y’ and then change to ‘ies’ when going from singular to plural. All the words have been taken from the recommended spelling list in the National Curriculum.

Sometimes to show a word is a plural (more than one) we need to change the ending and add ‘ies’. By changing the ending of the word, we know there is more than one of that thing. How many of these spellings can you spot?

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1.
I would like three ____ for my birthday party.
gellies
jellies
jelies
gelies
What is your favourite jelly flavour?
2.
He ____ to stay awake but she ____ him to bed.
trries and carries
tries and carries
tries and caries
trries and caries
Trying to stay awake will just make you more tired!
3.
She is taking ____ for you.
coppies
copies
copyies
coppyes
The machine in the picture is called a photocopier.
4.
Before he ____ he has to send ____ to his boss' invitations.
fllies and replies
flies and reeplies
flies and replies
flys and replies
The word 'flies' can refer to the insect or the act of flying.
5.
We say one baby and two ____.
babbies
babies
baybies
babeys
The word baby changes by taking away the 'y' and replacing it with an 'i' then adding 'es'.
6.
The ____ danced along the bridge as they returned from a day of magic and fun.
fairies
faries
fayries
fearies
If you remember how to spell fairy, you just take the 'y' away and add 'ies'.
7.
She went to two ____ on New Year's Eve!
partieys
parteys
partties
parties
New Year's Eve is the time of the year where most people celebrate and hold parties.
8.
All the ____ joined together to fight the alien invasion!
arrmies
arrmeys
armies
armieys
An army is created to protect the country they live in and sometimes to protect other countries.
9.
A country has many ____ but only one capital ____.
citties and citty
scities and scity
sities and sity
cities and city
Out of all the cities in the world, Tokyo, in Japan, has the largest population.
10.
She had kept all her ____.
diries
dighries
daires
diaries
You need to be able to spell the word 'diary' then make it a plural. Make sure you don't write 'dairy'!
Author:  Finola Waller

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