Settle your nerves and try this series of KS3 spelling quizzes. This one is about words beginning at se. See if you can score top marks.
"Every day, people settle for less than they deserve. They are only partially living or at best living a partial life. Every human being has the potential for greatness." - Bo Bennett.
Words, as you surely know, can be divided into syllables. Some words have only one syllable. Examples of monosyllabic words include "word", "and", "have", "one" and "you". Polysyllabic words, that is, words with more than one syllable, include "syllable", "divided", "potential" and "examples".
In English, syllables can be stressed or unstressed and this quality can be heard in the spoken language. It is also used in poetry, where particular patterns of stressed and unstressed vowels are used by poets or even dictated by the requirements of certain types of poem. Have you ever heard of iambic pentameter, for example?
In the word "potential", the stress falls on the second syllable: po-ten-tial. You are unlikely to misspell the second syllable, because of the stress on the e. Accordingly, the lack of stress makes the first and final syllables more difficult.
Practise your spellings with this quiz.