Spelling: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Suffix exceptions (Questions)

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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. His ____ shocks me.
[ ] lazyness
[ ] lazynes
[ ] laziness
[ ] lazines
2. They had a huge ____ and now are not talking to each other.
[ ] argument
[ ] arguement
[ ] arggument
[ ] argumen
3. I agree, he is very ____.
[ ] likable
[ ] likeable
[ ] likeabel
[ ] lickeable
4. Who is ____?
[ ] bating
[ ] battting
[ ] batting
[ ] batin
5. She is ____ the ball with her foot.
[ ] controling
[ ] controlin
[ ] controlling
[ ] contrlling
6. He is ____ her suitcase.
[ ] carrying
[ ] carring
[ ] caring
[ ] carying
7. His overall ____ meant he forgot where he put the treasure!
[ ] buszyiness
[ ] buszyness
[ ] business
[ ] busyness
8. The electrician was very ____.
[ ] skilful
[ ] skillful
[ ] skilfull
[ ] skifull
9. I ____ believe you can do it.
[ ] truely
[ ] trueley
[ ] truly
[ ] trully
10. They were ____ all night!
[ ] partiing
[ ] partieing
[ ] parting
[ ] partying
Spelling: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Suffix exceptions (Answers)
1. His ____ shocks me.
[ ] lazyness
[ ] lazynes
[x] 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'.
2. They had a huge ____ and now are not talking to each other.
[x] 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.
3. I agree, he is very ____.
[ ] likable
[x] likeable
[ ] likeabel
[ ] lickeable
When you add the suffix 'ing' you normally delete the letter 'e' but when you add 'able' you keep it.
4. Who is ____?
[ ] bating
[ ] battting
[x] 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.
5. She is ____ the ball with her foot.
[ ] controling
[ ] controlin
[x] 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!
6. He is ____ her suitcase.
[x] 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.
7. His overall ____ meant he forgot where he put the treasure!
[ ] buszyiness
[ ] buszyness
[ ] business
[x] 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'.
8. The electrician was very ____.
[ ] skilful
[x] 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.
9. I ____ believe you can do it.
[ ] truely
[ ] trueley
[x] 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'.
10. They were ____ all night!
[ ] partiing
[ ] partieing
[ ] parting
[x] partying
Usually, when a word ends with 'y' we replace it with an 'i' then add 'ing' but not for this word.