Spelling: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Spelling: y and i (Questions)

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  1. If a word ends in a 'consonant + y', change the 'y' to 'i' when adding an ending, e.g. 'cry-cries', 'merry-merrier/merriest', 'hurry-hurried'
  2. The final 'y' does not change to 'i' when adding the ending '-ing', e.g. 'cry-crying'
  3. If a word ends in a 'consonant + y', change the 'y' to 'ies' when forming the plural, e.g. 'baby-babies', 'lady-ladies'
  4. The letter 'y' is normally used at the end of English words instead of 'i'
1. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] marry-married
[ ] pay-payment
[ ] sloppy-sloppyness
[ ] daisy-daisies
2. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] key-keys
[ ] fly-flies
[ ] day-days
[ ] puppy-puppys
3. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] hobby-hobbies
[ ] fry-fried
[ ] battery-batteries
[ ] dry-driing
4. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] noisy-noisier
[ ] busy-busyness
[ ] funny-funniest
[ ] sticky-stickiness
5. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] healthy-healthier
[ ] joy-joiful
[ ] lazy-lazily
[ ] buy-buyer
6. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] play-playful
[ ] study-studious
[ ] day-dayly
[ ] greed-greediness
7. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] worry-worries
[ ] fly-flying
[ ] copy-copyist
[ ] gay-gayly
8. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] shy-shiness
[ ] dreary-drearily
[ ] belly-bellies
[ ] mighty-mightiest
9. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] duty-dutiful
[ ] pretty-prettier
[ ] apology-apologys
[ ] party-parties
10. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] delay-delayed
[ ] toy-toies
[ ] carry-carrier
[ ] boy-boys
Spelling: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Spelling: y and i (Answers)
1. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] marry-married
[ ] pay-payment
[x] sloppy-sloppyness
[ ] daisy-daisies
'Sloppyness' breaks Rule 1. It should be 'sloppiness'
2. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] key-keys
[ ] fly-flies
[ ] day-days
[x] puppy-puppys
'Puppys' breaks Rule 3. It should be 'puppies'
3. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] hobby-hobbies
[ ] fry-fried
[ ] battery-batteries
[x] dry-driing
'Driing' breaks Rule 2. It should be 'drying'
4. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] noisy-noisier
[x] busy-busyness
[ ] funny-funniest
[ ] sticky-stickiness
'Busyness' breaks Rule 1. It should be 'business'
5. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] healthy-healthier
[x] joy-joiful
[ ] lazy-lazily
[ ] buy-buyer
'Joiful' is NOT covered by Rule 1 because the word 'joy' ends in a 'vowel + y': in such cases, the 'y' remains unchanged. It should be 'joyful'
6. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] play-playful
[ ] study-studious
[x] day-dayly
[ ] greed-greediness
This is an exception: 'y' changes to 'i'. It should be 'daily'. Learn the exceptions by heart
7. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] worry-worries
[ ] fly-flying
[ ] copy-copyist
[x] gay-gayly
This is another exception: 'y' changes to 'i'. It should be 'gaily'. Learn the exceptions by heart, e.g. 'pay-paid', 'say-said', 'lay-laid', and 'slay-slain'. These are all irregular verbs: be on the lookout for such verbs; they can wreak havoc with your spelling
8. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[x] shy-shiness
[ ] dreary-drearily
[ ] belly-bellies
[ ] mighty-mightiest
This is an exception. It should be 'shyness'. Learn the exceptions by heart, e.g. dryness, slyness
9. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] duty-dutiful
[ ] pretty-prettier
[x] apology-apologys
[ ] party-parties
'Apologys' breaks Rule 3. It should be 'apologies'
10. Which one of the following word pairs has an incorrectly spelled second word? You need only concentrate on whether it should be 'i' or 'y'.
[ ] delay-delayed
[x] toy-toies
[ ] carry-carrier
[ ] boy-boys
'Toies' is NOT covered by Rule 1 because the word 'toy' ends in a 'vowel + y': in such cases, the 'y' remains unchanged. It should be 'toys'