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Know Your Suffixes: -ible and -able

In this worksheet, students practise spelling words that end in -ible and -able.

'Know Your Suffixes: -ible and -able' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words end in the suffixes -ible and -able, and it is often hard to know which spelling to use.

 

Girl with question marks above her head

For example, why is it probable but possible?

 

In fact, words ending in -able are far more common than ones ending in -ible, so if you are not sure then it is best to use -able.

 

Here is a list of common words that do end in -ible. It is a good idea to learn them. (There are some more, but they are not as common.)

sensible

edible

terrible

horrible

visible (and invisible)

possible (and impossible)

flexible

responsible

 

In this worksheet you can practise spelling words ending in -ible and -able.

Tick the correct spelling.

Breakable

Breakible

Tick the correct spelling.

Horrable

Horrible

Tick the correct spelling.

Sensable

Sensible

Tick the correct spelling.

Comfortable

Comfortible

Tick the correct spelling.

Edable

Edible

This time, write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

'I want to know who was resp_______ for breaking the window,' said Mr Johnson.

Write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

Karla's new puppy is ador_______.

Write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

Jayden was feeling mise_______ because he wasn't allowed out to play.

Write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

Josh felt terr_______ after he upset his mother.

Write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

It was so foggy that the trees were invi_______ even though they were close by.

  • Question 1

Tick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
Breakable
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! 'Breakible' is not a real word - 'breakable' is the correct spelling.
  • Question 2

Tick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
Horrible
EDDIE SAYS
'Horrible' is the correct spelling here; 'horrable' is not a real word. Think about how you say the word. Say the word slowly and try to identify each sound.
  • Question 3

Tick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
Sensible
EDDIE SAYS
'Sensable' is not a real word, so 'sensible' is the correct spelling. Keep up the effort!
  • Question 4

Tick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
Comfortable
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! 'Comfortable' is the correct spelling here. Really think about which sounds you can hear in the word.
  • Question 5

Tick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
Edible
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of this? 'Edible' is the correct spelling here, as 'edable' is not a real word.
  • Question 6

This time, write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

'I want to know who was resp_______ for breaking the window,' said Mr Johnson.

CORRECT ANSWER
responsible
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! 'Responsible' means to be in charge of something.
  • Question 7

Write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

Karla's new puppy is ador_______.

CORRECT ANSWER
adorable
EDDIE SAYS
'Adorable' means to be lovely and sweet.
  • Question 8

Write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

Jayden was feeling mise_______ because he wasn't allowed out to play.

CORRECT ANSWER
miserable
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? To be 'miserable' means to be extremely unhappy.
  • Question 9

Write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

Josh felt terr_______ after he upset his mother.

CORRECT ANSWER
terrible
EDDIE SAYS
High five! 'Terrible' means to feel awful and horrible.
  • Question 10

Write the WHOLE missing word in the answer box below. The first four letters have been given to help you.

 

It was so foggy that the trees were invi_______ even though they were close by.

CORRECT ANSWER
invisible
EDDIE SAYS
To be 'invisible' means that something cannot be seen. Amazing effort well done!
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