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Spell Two-Syllable Words Containing Adjacent Consonants 3

In this worksheet, students revise exceptions to the general rule about doubling the middle consonant in two-syllable words.

'Spell Two-Syllable Words Containing Adjacent Consonants 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Spelling Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The general rule for doubling the middle consonant in two syllable words is:

short vowel sound = double consonant (for example, kettle has two 't's)

long vowel sound = single consonant (for example, beetle has one 't').

 

However, there are exceptions to this rule.

The 'a' in candle is short, so why is it spelt candle and not canddle?

The first syllable cand already has two consonants together ('nd'), so we don't need to double the 'd'.

The first syllable of buckle has two consonants together ('ck'), so we don't double the 'k'.

Words that begin with mod- are another exception. Even though the 'o' is short and there is only one consonant at the end of the first syllable, we don't double the 'd'. This picture is of a model aeroplane, not a moddel aeroplane.

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

What is the __________ of the book you are reading?

title

tittle

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

Jack was very __________ about winning the tournament and didn't show off to his friends at all.

moddest

modest

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

The farmer keeps sheep and __________ on the farm.

catle

cattle

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

Her finger was __________ because she had pricked it with her sewing needle.

hurtting

hurting

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

Would you mind __________ up the leaves in the yard, please?

sweeping

sweepping

For the next five questions you need to read the sentence and identify the word that has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

Joe sat at the tabble to do his homework.

Which word has been spelt wrongly? Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

Mr Smith doesn't like moddern art at all.

Which word has been spelt wrongly? Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

There is a family of blackbirds nestting in the tree outside our back door.

 

Which word has been spelt wrongly? Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

We've been to the butchher to buy a joint of beef.

 

Which word has been spelt wrongly? Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

There was a fierce batle between the two armies.

 

  • Question 1

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

What is the __________ of the book you are reading?

CORRECT ANSWER
title
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'title' has the long 'i' sound so there is no need to double the consonant 't' in this word.
  • Question 2

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

Jack was very __________ about winning the tournament and didn't show off to his friends at all.

CORRECT ANSWER
modest
EDDIE SAYS
Remember that 'mod' words are an exception to the rule and don't have two 'd's even after a short vowel sound.
  • Question 3

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

The farmer keeps sheep and __________ on the farm.

CORRECT ANSWER
cattle
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'cattle' has the short 'a' vowel sound, so we double the consonant 't'.
  • Question 4

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

Her finger was __________ because she had pricked it with her sewing needle.

CORRECT ANSWER
hurting
EDDIE SAYS
There is no short vowel sound in 'hurting', so no need for a double consonant.
  • Question 5

Tick the correct spelling of the missing word.

 

Would you mind __________ up the leaves in the yard, please?

CORRECT ANSWER
sweeping
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'sweeping' has the long 'e' vowel sound, so we don't need to double the consonant 'p' here.
  • Question 6

For the next five questions you need to read the sentence and identify the word that has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

Joe sat at the tabble to do his homework.

CORRECT ANSWER
table
EDDIE SAYS
It's a great idea to sit up the table, his homework will look much neater! The word table has the long 'a' vowel sound, so there is no need to double the consonant 'b'.
  • Question 7

Which word has been spelt wrongly? Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

Mr Smith doesn't like moddern art at all.

CORRECT ANSWER
modern
EDDIE SAYS
Remember that 'mod' words are an exception to the rule!
  • Question 8

Which word has been spelt wrongly? Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

There is a family of blackbirds nestting in the tree outside our back door.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
nesting
EDDIE SAYS
Even though the word 'nesting' has a short 'e' vowel sound there are already two consonants that follow 'st' so we don't double the 't' for this word.
  • Question 9

Which word has been spelt wrongly? Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

We've been to the butchher to buy a joint of beef.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
butcher
EDDIE SAYS
Butcher has the short 'u' sound and there are three consonants that follow 'tch'. We don't need to double the 'h' as well.
  • Question 10

Which word has been spelt wrongly? Write the correct spelling in the box.

 

There was a fierce batle between the two armies.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
battle
EDDIE SAYS
Oh no, who is going to win? The word battle has the short 'a' vowel sound, so we double the consonant 't'.
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