Suffix exceptions
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Suffix exceptions

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This 'Suffix Exceptions' spelling quiz tests elementary school children on words that are an exception to the rules when adding all the suffixes like ‘ful’, ‘less’, ‘ness’ etc.

Here you will need to spell words that have letters added onto the end but are all exceptions to the rules you’ve learned! Can you spell the missing words?

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1.
He is ____ her suitcase.
carrying
carring
caring
carying
Often, when a word ends with 'y' we replace it with an 'i' then add 'ing' but not for this word.
2.
She is ____ the ball with her foot.
controling
controlin
controlling
contrlling
The word control has one 'l' but when adding 'ing' we double the ending, even though it doesn't have a short vowel sound - it's an exception to the exception!
3.
They had a huge ____ and now are not talking to each other.
argument
arguement
arggument
argumen
Normally you can just add 'ment' onto the end of the word but for this one, you need to erase the 'e' from the end of the word argue.
4.
I agree, he is very ____.
likable
likeable
likeabel
lickeable
When you add the suffix 'ing' you normally delete the letter 'e' but when you add 'able' you keep it.
5.
His overall ____ meant he forgot where he put the treasure!
buszyiness
buszyness
business
busyness
Here we are adding 'ness' onto the word 'busy'. Normally we would replace the 'y' with an 'i' but if you do that, you change the word to business - meaning work. For this word, we keep the 'y' and just add 'ness'.
6.
I ____ believe you can do it.
truely
trueley
truly
trully
When adding 'ly' you can normally just add it to the end of the word but for this word you need to delete the 'e'.
7.
They were ____ all night!
partiing
partieing
parting
partying
Usually, when a word ends with 'y' we replace it with an 'i' then add 'ing' but not for this word.
8.
His ____ shocks me.
lazyness
lazynes
laziness
lazines
Normally you can add the suffix 'ness' straight onto the end of a word but if that word ends with a 'y', you need to change the 'y' for an 'i'.
9.
Who is ____?
bating
battting
batting
batin
Normally, you just need to add 'ing' onto the end of a word but for short vowel sounds you need to double the last letter.
10.
The electrician was very ____.
skilful
skillful
skilfull
skifull
This one isn't an exception, but if you were in the UK the correct spelling would be skilful which is an exception.
Author:  Finola Waller

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