KS3 Spelling Quiz - Words beginning with dec... (Questions)

In December, the church bells went up a few decibels. Test your KS3 spelling of words beginning at dec.

"I'd probably want to teach at university, because children would drive me insane. I suspect it would be English literature, Shakespeare and so forth. I've always been deeply, deeply in love with that kind of thing." - Stephen Fry.

Have you ever wondered why the in- and un- prefixes in English do the same job? Both negate the following stem. So in- negates the following -sane, from sanus, the Latin word for "healthy". Why do we not use the word unsane? Sounds ridiculous somehow, doesn't it? And yet English includes the word "unhealthy", which has a near-identical literal meaning to "insane".

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The short answer to this question is that the Latin stem requires a Latin prefix, thus the word is "insane", rather than unsane (insanus is, in fact, a Latin word). The prefix un- is Germanic in origin and was used in Old English. "Unhappy" is an example of a word created through using the English un- to negate a word which has not been derived from Latin. Inhappy just wouldn't sound right, would it?

Practise your spellings with this quiz.

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1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Decode
[ ] decifer
[ ] decipher
[ ] desifer
[ ] desipher
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The act of making up your mind about something
[ ] descision
[ ] decision
[ ] desishion
[ ] dessision
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Protection from attack
[ ] defence
[ ] defents
[ ] difense
[ ] deffence
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Free from any doubt
[ ] definite
[ ] defernite
[ ] deffinite
[ ] definit
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A unit of measurement of temperature
[ ] dagree
[ ] degree
[ ] degrie
[ ] digree
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
To remove, get rid of, erase
[ ] deylete
[ ] dalete
[ ] dilite
[ ] delete
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A person who relies on another for support
[ ] deppendent
[ ] dependant
[ ] dependint
[ ] dependunt
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A colony or a territory subject to rule by an external power
[ ] dependuncy
[ ] dependincy
[ ] deppendency
[ ] dependency
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
An account depicting something or someone
[ ] discriptien
[ ] descriptien
[ ] description
[ ] discription
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A barren area of land especially one with little water or vegetation
[ ] dessert
[ ] desirt
[ ] desert
[ ] desurt
KS3 Spelling Quiz - Words beginning with dec... (Answers)
1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Decode
[ ] decifer
[x] decipher
[ ] desifer
[ ] desipher
The c and ph are tricky here
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The act of making up your mind about something
[ ] descision
[x] decision
[ ] desishion
[ ] dessision
"Decide" and "decision" are related
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Protection from attack
[x] defence
[ ] defents
[ ] difense
[ ] deffence
"Defense" is an alternate spelling, mostly used in US English
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Free from any doubt
[x] definite
[ ] defernite
[ ] deffinite
[ ] definit
It can be helpful to remember that the word "finite" is contained in "definite"
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A unit of measurement of temperature
[ ] dagree
[x] degree
[ ] degrie
[ ] digree
Remember the e of the unstressed first syllable
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
To remove, get rid of, erase
[ ] deylete
[ ] dalete
[ ] dilite
[x] delete
Delete those incorrect spellings!
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A person who relies on another for support
[ ] deppendent
[x] dependant
[ ] dependint
[ ] dependunt
A dependant is dependent on someone else
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A colony or a territory subject to rule by an external power
[ ] dependuncy
[ ] dependincy
[ ] deppendency
[x] dependency
Watch out for the e of the penultimate syllable
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
An account depicting something or someone
[ ] discriptien
[ ] descriptien
[x] description
[ ] discription
The unstressed e of the first syllable is the key letter to remember here
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A barren area of land especially one with little water or vegetation
[ ] dessert
[ ] desirt
[x] desert
[ ] desurt
Be careful not to muddle "desert" and "dessert"!