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Spelling: -ough

This KS2 English spelling quiz is all about the letters 'ough'. Rough, bough and cough are spelled similarly but pronounced very differently. Did you know that there are seven different ways to pronounce 'ough' in English? This makes some words difficult to spell and to read - 'ought' looks as if it should rhyme with 'slough', but it doesn't at all!

The seven different ways to pronounce 'ough' are:-

  1. plough like ow in power
  2. cough like off
  3. though like o in no
  4. through like oo in boo
  5. rough like uff in fluff
  6. ought like aw in claw
  7. borough like a in above

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1.
Choose the correct spellings.
____ the leaves, he could just spy the forlorn figure of the cat sitting on one of the uppermost ____ of the fir tree.
Through, boughs
Through, bows
Threw, boughs
Threw, bows
Through the leaves, he could just spy the forlorn figure of the cat sitting on one of the uppermost boughs of the fir tree.
2.
Choose the correct spellings.
The farmer tried unsuccessfully to train his ____ to pull the ____.
goats, plough
goats, plow
goughts, plough
goughts, plow
The farmer tried unsuccessfully to train his goats to pull the plough. American English, however, uses the spelling 'plow'.
3.
Choose the correct spellings.
The chef ____ everyone the best way to cook a piece of ____ beef.
taut, tough
taut, tuff
taught, tough
taught, tuff
The chef taught everyone the best way to cook a piece of tough beef.
4.
Choose the correct spellings.
____ the snake looked smooth, it was actually very ____.
Althow, ruff
Althow, rough
Although, ruff
Although, rough
Although the snake looked smooth, it was actually very rough.
5.
Choose the correct spellings.
Their ____ knew that she ____ to say sorry, even if it would be difficult.
daughter, aught
daughter, ought
dotter, aught
dotter, ought
Their daughter knew that she ought to say sorry, even if it would be difficult.
6.
Choose the correct spellings.
I ____ I ____ the banana peel in the bin.
thort, through
thort, threw
thought, through
thought, threw
I thought I threw the banana peel in the bin.
7.
Choose the correct spellings.
When the clown fell off the stage, I ____ the urge to ____.
fought, laff
fought, laugh
fawt, laff
fawt, laugh
When the clown fell off the stage, I fought the urge to laugh.
8.
Choose the correct spellings.
My Mum ____ my Dad was looking thin and ____, so she ____ him some vitamins and minerals.
thought, gount, baught
thought, gaunt, bought
thoht, gaunt, bott
thought, gont, bowht
My Mum thought my Dad was looking thin and gaunt, so she bought him some vitamins and minerals.
9.
Choose the correct spellings.
Do we have ____ flour to make a double batch of pastry ____?
enuff, dough
enuff, doe
enough, dough
enough, doe
Do we have enough flour to make a double batch of pastry dough?
10.
Choose the correct spellings.
Despite suddenly beginning to ____, I still ____ the ball.
cough, caught
cough, cought
coff, caught
coff, cought
Despite suddenly beginning to cough, I still caught the ball.
Author:  Sheri Smith

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