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Spelling (Common Mistakes) 01
This is a desert and NOT a dessert. A dessert is a pudding.

Spelling (Common Mistakes) 01

Are you excited or exited to be playing this quiz? There are many common mistakes in spelling.The English language is not the easiest to spell correctly! Although you can learn all of the rules and practise and practise your spellings, there are still a number of pitfalls. First, there are the words which do not follow the rules. Then there are all the homophones in the English language, like "their", "they're" and "there". There are also words which change according to grammatical usage: "practise" is a verb, whereas "practice" is a noun; "affect" is a verb, whereas "effect" is a noun. Then there are different spellings used in different countries: "leveled" or "levelled", anyone? Add to that the fact that sometimes multiple spellings are accepted, such as "spelled" and "spelt"! How anyone can spell well is a miracle!

This quiz tests your ability to spot common errors involving confusion between similar words. For instance, is "desert" or "dessert" edible? Is it a "werewolf" or a "wherewolf". Only joking, there's no such thing as a "wherewolf"!

See if you can find the correct spelling of the following words.

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1.
Which word means "covered"?
Rapt
Wraped
Wrapped
Wrapt
"Wrapt"/"rapt" means "lost in thought"
2.
Which word means "left"?
Excited
Excitted
Exited
Exitted
"Exit" (with a c) means "way out"
3.
Which word means "way down"?
Decent
Descent
Desent
Dissent
"Decent" means "suitable" or "kind"; "dissent" means "disagree"
4.
Which word is a sandy region?
Derrset
Derset
Desert
Dessert
Not to be confused with a sweet "dessert"!
5.
Which word might you find at a harbour?
Kee
Key
Quay
Quey
A "key" unlocks a door
6.
Which word is fixed and floating?
Booy
Bouy
Boy
Buoy
Learn how to spell "buoy/ant", remembering to place the u before the o
7.
Which word can mean "agitated" or "thrilled"?
Excited
Excitted
Exited
Exitted
A common mistake is to write "exited" for "excited"
8.
Which word means "peaceful"?
Quiet
Quiete
Quit
Quite
Learn "quite quiet", which is to say "partially (or wholly) peaceful"
9.
Which word can be eaten?
Derset
Deserrt
Desert
Dessert
A "desert" is "a sandy region"
10.
Which word means "to disagree"?
Decent
Descent
Disent
Dissent
"Descent" means "way down"

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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