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Avoid Common Spelling Errors 2

In this worksheet, students will practise identifying common spelling errors and learn strategies to improve spelling accuracy in their own writing.

'Avoid Common Spelling Errors 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Spelling a range of words correctly can be difficult for many students. However, if you are aware of some of the common mistakes below it may help to improve your overall accuracy.

 

Your and You're

 

Your indicates possession.

For example: Put your coat on.

 

You're is a contraction (shortened version) of 'you are'.

For example: You're a lovely person. (Note that the apostrophe is used to replace the letter 'a' which has been missed out.)

 

Sign saying please wash your hands

 

Our and Are

Our indicates possession and, if pronounced correctly, sounds the same as the word 'hour'.

For example: That's our car.

Also, note the spelling link with 'your' which also indicates possession.

 

Are is a present tense verb (action word) and sounds like the letter 'r' when said aloud.

For example: We are going to the swimming pool today.

If you are ever confused about whether to use our or are, look at the word following it. Can you own it? For instance, in the second example can you own a 'going'?

 

Words ending in 've

The phrases 'should have', 'could have' and 'would have' can be shortened to 'should've', 'could've' and 'would've'.  

 

Green tick

They are often incorrectly shortened to

'should of'

'could of'

'would of'

 

 A red cross

 

Tip: when you use an apostrophe, it indicates that you are missing out some letters in a phrase to shorten it. You don't normally add in extra letters or swap them for others.

 

Of and Off

The most straightforward and obvious way to distinguish a difference between these words is to focus on the f/ff sounds.

Of - the 'f' ending sounds like a 'v': 'ov'

Off - the double 'ff' ending has a much longer sound: 'offf'

 

Its and It's

Its indicates belonging or possession of something, just like 'his' or 'hers'.

For example: That's its collar.

It's is a contraction of 'it is'.

For example: It's a red collar.

 

Red dog collar

 

Affect and Effect

Affect is a verb (action word). It means to cause something to happen.

For example: This miserable weather is really affecting my mood.

 

Effect is a noun and means the result of something.

For example: The effect of too much sun exposure was evident on his skin.

Choose the three correct contractions below.

Should of

Should've

Would of

Would've

Could of

Could've

Select the correct option (its/it's) to fill the gap in the sentence below.

 

 

Should of

Should've

Would of

Would've

Could of

Could've

Look at the text below, can you identify the spelling mistakes?

 

 

 

You\'re car is blocking are drive. Our you going to move it soon? Well, I think your being most inconsiderate.

Match up the words with their definitions.

Column A

Column B

Affect
A verb (action word) meaning to cause something to...
Effect
A noun which means the result of something happeni...

Choose the correct word (off/of) to complete the sentence below.

 

 

Column A

Column B

Affect
A verb (action word) meaning to cause something to...
Effect
A noun which means the result of something happeni...

Did you spot the error in this sentence below in bold? Rewrite the misspelling.

 

Harriet went out to the shops but she should of brought her umbrella as it began to rain.

 

 

Look at the sentence below, can you identify the spelling errors?

 

Our you coming to are house for tea? Its going to be fun.

Match up the correct words with the definitions below. 

Column A

Column B

Your
Contraction of 'you are'
You're
Belonging to us
Our
Belonging to you
Are
Present tense verb

Look at the sentence below. Can you identify any spelling mistakes?

 

 

 

One affect of global warming is that it may effect the lives of polar bears.

Choose the correct option (effect/affect) to fill the gap in the sentence below.

 

 

One affect of global warming is that it may effect the lives of polar bears.
  • Question 1

Choose the three correct contractions below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Should've
Would've
Could've
EDDIE SAYS
These correct contractions are the shortened versions of 'should have', 'could have' and 'would have'. The apostrophes replace the letters that have been missed out.
  • Question 2

Select the correct option (its/it's) to fill the gap in the sentence below.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct choice is 'its' as the sentence refers to possession, it doesn't need the contraction of 'it is'. Normally, an apostrophe would be used to show possession, but 'its' is an exception. Don't panic if this is confusing at this point.
  • Question 3

Look at the text below, can you identify the spelling mistakes?

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
You're car is blocking are drive. Our you going to move it soon? Well, I think your being most inconsiderate.
EDDIE SAYS
Corrections in order: You're should be corrected to your (the car is a possession) Are should be corrected to our (pronounced like 'hour' and indicates possession) Our should be corrected to are (pronounced like the letter 'R' and a present tense verb/action word) Your should be corrected to you're (a contraction of 'you are').
  • Question 4

Match up the words with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Affect
A verb (action word) meaning to c...
Effect
A noun which means the result of ...
EDDIE SAYS
The acronym 'V.A.N.E' may help you to remember this rule: Verb Affect Noun Effect. You're making great progress!
  • Question 5

Choose the correct word (off/of) to complete the sentence below.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'off' as it has a longer 'ff' sound at the end when pronounced. Try reading the sentence aloud and see what sounds better.
  • Question 6

Did you spot the error in this sentence below in bold? Rewrite the misspelling.

 

Harriet went out to the shops but she should of brought her umbrella as it began to rain.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
should have
should've
EDDIE SAYS
'Should of' is not the correct contraction of 'should have'. Well done if you wrote 'should've' or 'should have'!
  • Question 7

Look at the sentence below, can you identify the spelling errors?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Our you coming to are house for tea? Its going to be fun.
EDDIE SAYS
Spelling corrections in order: Our should be replaced with are (present tense verb/action word) Are should be replaced with our (possession - sounds like 'hour') Its should be replaced with it's (a contraction of 'it is')
  • Question 8

Match up the correct words with the definitions below. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Your
Belonging to you
You're
Contraction of 'you are'
Our
Belonging to us
Are
Present tense verb
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe indicates that 'you're' is a shortened version of 'you are'. There is a spelling link between the two words that indicate possession or belonging ('your'/'our'). Finally, 'Are' suggests a present tense action.
  • Question 9

Look at the sentence below. Can you identify any spelling mistakes?

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
One affect of global warming is that it may effect the lives of polar bears.
EDDIE SAYS
The first use of the word should be 'effect' as the 'effect' of global warming is a noun. The second use should be 'affect' as it is a verb, describing the way global warming may impact polar bears. This is good, keep it up!
  • Question 10

Choose the correct option (effect/affect) to fill the gap in the sentence below.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word is 'affect' as it is a verb describing what may happen if a person doesn't get enough sleep before exams. Well done, that’s another activity completed!
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