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Spelling:  Unstressed Vowels 02
Learning to spell takes quite a bit of practise.

Spelling: Unstressed Vowels 02

This KS2 English spelling quiz takes a further look at unstressed vowels. In the first Unstressed Vowels quiz, you will have learned about the 'schwa' sound which causes so much difficulty with English spelling. With very few exceptions, every polysyllabic word in English is pronounced with at least one schwa sound. This is why learning to spell takes quite a bit of practise.

How words sound is sometimes very different from how they are spelt, so continue playing our spelling quizzes until you feel confident.

See how well you do with this second quiz on unstressed vowels.

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1.
Choose the correct spelling.
We are ____ not playing cricket in this weather!
definately
definetly
defenitely
definitely
We are definitely not playing cricket in this weather! It can be helpful to remember the word 'finite' in 'definite', or to remember that there are two 'i's and two 'e's in 'definite'.
2.
Choose the correct spelling.
My auntie spends a lot of her time doing ____ work.
volantary
volentery
volentary
voluntary
My auntie spends a lot of her time doing voluntary work.
3.
Choose the correct spelling.
The teacher was horrified that he'd accidentally used his ____ marker on the whiteboard.
perminent
permenant
permanent
permenent
The teacher was horrified that he'd accidentally used his permanent marker on the whiteboard.
4.
Choose the correct spelling.
At the beginning of year seven, there are many ____ to make new friends.
opportuneties
oppertunities
opportunities
oppurtunities
At the beginning of year seven, there are many opportunities to make new friends.
5.
Choose the correct spelling.
He finished his letter with 'Yours ____' before carefully signing his name.
sincirily
sincerely
sincirely
sincerily
You should sign a letter with 'Yours sincerely' when you have addressed a formal letter to a specific person. So it's important to learn how to spell 'sincerely'.
6.
Choose the correct spelling.
In order to become a doctor, it is essential to study ____.
medicine
medecine
medicene
medecene
In order to become a doctor, it is essential to study medicine.
7.
Choose the correct spelling.
We enjoyed visiting the reptile centre, but were glad the ____ snakes were behind glass.
poisonous
poisunous
poisonus
poisinous
We enjoyed visiting the reptile centre, but were glad the poisonous snakes were behind glass.
8.
Choose the correct spelling.
Stuart preferred working ____ to working in a group.
indepindently
independently
indipendently
indipendantly
Stuart preferred working independently to working in a group. 'Depend' has two 'e's and 'dependent' has three 'e's (as does 'independent').
9.
Choose the correct spelling.
We enjoyed our school visit to the Houses of ____.
Parlement
Parliament
Parlimint
Parlament
We enjoyed our school visit to the Houses of Parliament. The 'Parli-' of 'Parliament' is related to the word 'parley' - both come from the French 'parler', which means 'to speak'.
10.
Choose the correct spelling.
At home, he had a large collection of ____ coins.
foragne
forine
foreign
foregne
At home, he had a large collection of foreign coins.

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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