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Words beginning with nu...
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Words beginning with nu...

Nurture your spelling by playing this KS3 quiz on words beginning at nu.

"Find out what your gift is and nurture it." - Katy Perry

Some languages, such as Italian and Welsh, are phonetic. This means that when you read the language aloud, you have a reasonable chance of pronouncing words correctly because the correspondence between each grapheme (a single letter or combination of letters) and the sound it makes is regular. Phonetic languages are not especially difficult to spell, since words are written exactly as they sound.

English is not like these languages. For instance, how many different ways can the -e- sound in a word like "tree" be written? There are at least five graphemes for this sound: e, ea, ee, ey and y.

So in order to become good at spelling, memory must be involved. If you consider the word "nurture", for example, how would you guess it might be spelled, if you had never seen the word? Pronounce it aloud, listening carefully, and you should hear a -ch- sound. In English, this sound can occur when the letter combination -tu- follows an r. Without a good visual memory, or deliberate practice spelling the word, "nurture" could remain a mystery. If you know that your visual memory is not as strong as it might be, it makes sense to practise spellings writing words by hand and by typing to encourage muscle memory.

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1.
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First in a series of copies/versions
original
origienal
origional
origanal
"Origin" + -al = "original"
2.
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A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments
orchestera
orchestrer
orchestra
orchesture
The k sound is recorded here with the digraph -ch-
3.
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The creation of a word from a sound it represents
onamatopoeia
onomatopoeia
onimatopoeia
onumatopoeia
The -oeia- letter combination is especially difficult and will need to be memorised
4.
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Any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
nutrient
nuttrient
nuttriant
nutriant
The e of the unstressed final syllable is an important letter to remember here
5.
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An interval of twelve semitones spanning eight degrees of the diatonic scale
oktave
ocktave
octive
octave
Not -ive, but -ave!
6.
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Data sent out of the computer to a device such as a monitor or printer
outtput
outputt
outtputt
output
Add the prefix out- to "put"
7.
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'O-------- score'
orchestreral
orchesteral
orchestural
orchestral
Just add an l to "orchestra"
8.
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A musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
ostenato
ostienato
ostanato
ostinato
This word, being Italian, is pronounced exactly as it appears, making it easier to spell
9.
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The organic process by which an organism assimilates food
nuttritian
nutrition
nuttrition
nutritian
"Nutrition" and "nutrient" are related
10.
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A discrete and complete living thing, such as animal, plant, fungus or micro-o_________
organeism
orgaenism
organism
orginism
"Organism" is related to the words "organ" and "organic"
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