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Know Your Suffixes: -ise and -ice

In this worksheet, students revise and practise spelling commonly confused words ending in -ise or -ice.

'Know Your Suffixes: -ise and -ice' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

It is often difficult to spell words that end in -ise or -ice. For example, is it practise or practice?

 

Many -ise and -ice words can function as both nouns and verbs, and sometimes (but not always!) this affects how they are spelt.

You must practise your violin tonight. (verb)

What time does choir practice start? (noun)

 

The same rule applies for advise/advice and devise/device, although the nouns and verbs are pronounced slightly differently in these examples anyway.

 

Some words are spelt -ice whether they are nouns or verbs. These include:

sacrifice

slice

suffice

invoice.

 

There are also a number of words that are spelt -ise whether they are nouns or verbs. These include:

exercise

promise

surprise

disguise

 

Just to make matters even more complicated, a number of these words are spelt differently in American English, but we will concentrate on British English in this worksheet!

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

My doctor __________ me to do more exercise.

advised

adviced

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

Mum __________ the cake up into eight pieces.

slised

sliced

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

The builders left an __________ so my Dad wrote them a cheque.

invoise

invoice

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

My piano teacher said that I haven't been __________ enough.

practising

practicing

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

How many do you need? Will three __________?

suffise

suffice

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

My friend __________ a way of cheating in the exam without being noticed.

devised

deviced

This time, write the missing word in the answer box. It will be one of the words from the introduction. (You can click on the Help button to view the introduction again.)

 

Michael hurt his foot at  football __________ last night.

Write the missing word in the answer box. It will be one of the words from the introduction. (You can click on the Help button to view the introduction again.)

 

If you want my __________, you should start revising for your exams straight away.

Write the missing word in the answer box. It will be one of the words from the introduction. (You can click on the Help button to view the introduction again.)

 

I don't eat sweets much, so giving them up for Lent won't be much of a __________.

Write the missing word in the answer box. It will be one of the words from the introduction. (You can click on the Help button to view the introduction again.)

 

Will you help me to __________ my spellings, please?

  • Question 1

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

My doctor __________ me to do more exercise.

CORRECT ANSWER
advised
  • Question 2

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

Mum __________ the cake up into eight pieces.

CORRECT ANSWER
sliced
  • Question 3

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

The builders left an __________ so my Dad wrote them a cheque.

CORRECT ANSWER
invoice
  • Question 4

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

My piano teacher said that I haven't been __________ enough.

CORRECT ANSWER
practising
  • Question 5

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

How many do you need? Will three __________?

CORRECT ANSWER
suffice
  • Question 6

Choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the following sentence.

 

My friend __________ a way of cheating in the exam without being noticed.

CORRECT ANSWER
devised
  • Question 7

This time, write the missing word in the answer box. It will be one of the words from the introduction. (You can click on the Help button to view the introduction again.)

 

Michael hurt his foot at  football __________ last night.

CORRECT ANSWER
practice
EDDIE SAYS
Here, the noun \'football practice\' is used, not the verb \'to practise\'.
  • Question 8

Write the missing word in the answer box. It will be one of the words from the introduction. (You can click on the Help button to view the introduction again.)

 

If you want my __________, you should start revising for your exams straight away.

CORRECT ANSWER
advice
EDDIE SAYS
Here, we are talking about the noun \'advice\', not the verb \'to advise\', so it ends in -ice.
  • Question 9

Write the missing word in the answer box. It will be one of the words from the introduction. (You can click on the Help button to view the introduction again.)

 

I don't eat sweets much, so giving them up for Lent won't be much of a __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
sacrifice
EDDIE SAYS
The word \'sacrifice\' ends in -ice.
  • Question 10

Write the missing word in the answer box. It will be one of the words from the introduction. (You can click on the Help button to view the introduction again.)

 

Will you help me to __________ my spellings, please?

CORRECT ANSWER
practise
EDDIE SAYS
Here, the speaker is talking about the verb \'to practise\', not the noun \'spelling practice\', so the word ends with -ise.
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