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Revise Common Spelling Errors 2

In this worksheet, students will revise common spelling errors and techniques to improve overall accuracy in their own written work.

'Revise 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

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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 of something.

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.)

 

Our and Are

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

For example, That's our car.

Note the spelling link with 'your' which also refers to 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're 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'.  

They are often incorrectly shortened to: 

should of

could of

would of

 

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Tip: when using an apostrophe, remember that it indicates missing letters. You usually don't need to 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 the contraction of 'it is'.

For example, It's a red 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.

 

Two emojis, one with sunshine and one with rain.

 

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence below.

 

Welcome to _________ home.

Our

Are

Match the phrases below with their correct contractions (shortened versions).

Column A

Column B

Should have
Should've
Could have
Could've
Would have
Would've

Which is the correct choice of word in the sentence below?

 

I think your/you're a really lovely person.

 

 

Your

You're

Match the word with the correct description.

Column A

Column B

Affect
A verb meaning to cause something to happen
Effect
A noun meaning the result of something

Complete the sentence below by choosing the correct word out of the two options written in bold.

 

The elephant drenched it's/its back with water.

Column A

Column B

Affect
A verb meaning to cause something to happen
Effect
A noun meaning the result of something

Samuel has written the following sentence.  Is what he has written correct?

 

Please remember to turn the tap of.

Correct

Incorrect

Look at the sentence below and select the correct spelling out of the two options written in bold.

 

The lack of sunshine is really effecting/affecting my vegetable patch.

Correct

Incorrect

Look at the sentence below. How many spelling errors can you see?

 

You're car could of run over are cat.

0

1

2

3

Complete the sentence below by choosing the correct word to fill the gap.

 

____ order is now ready to collect.

Your

You're

Look at the following sentence. Can you find the right word to go into the gaps?

 

You forgot ____umbrella and ____ starting to rain.

 

 

 youryou'reitsit's
You forgot ___ umbrella
and ___ starting to rain
  • Question 1

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence below.

 

Welcome to _________ home.

CORRECT ANSWER
Our
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? These words sound similar but have two different meanings, and it's important that we learn the difference. The correct spelling is 'our' as this indicates possession or belonging. The home belongs to the speaker, so this makes the most sense.
  • Question 2

Match the phrases below with their correct contractions (shortened versions).

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Should have
Should've
Could have
Could've
Would have
Would've
EDDIE SAYS
Did you match the correct phrases to their contractions? Often these words are incorrectly shortened to 'should of', 'could of' or 'would of'. Remember that the job of an apostrophe is to indicate that letters have been missed out.
  • Question 3

Which is the correct choice of word in the sentence below?

 

I think your/you're a really lovely person.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
You're
EDDIE SAYS
'Your' needs to be altered to 'you're' as it is a contraction of 'you are'. How are you finding these?
  • Question 4

Match the word with the correct description.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Affect
A verb meaning to cause something...
Effect
A noun meaning the result of some...
EDDIE SAYS
This one is a tricky one that catches people out. You need to start by remembering what each of the words means. Identify the difference between these two by asking yourself if the word is an action word (verb) or a noun. Affect is a verb - as it causes something to happen. Look at the second letter of cAuse. Effect is a noun - as it is the result of something happening. Look at the second letter of rEsult
  • Question 5

Complete the sentence below by choosing the correct word out of the two options written in bold.

 

The elephant drenched it's/its back with water.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct spelling is 'its' as this reflects possession or ownership, as opposed to a contraction of 'it is'. Normally, an apostrophe would be used to show possession, but 'its' is an exception to the rule.
  • Question 6

Samuel has written the following sentence.  Is what he has written correct?

 

Please remember to turn the tap of.

CORRECT ANSWER
Incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
What did you think? Samuel is wrong with his choice of 'of'. 'Of' needs to be changed to 'off'. It's easiest to listen to the sound each spelling makes; here it sounds like a longer 'ff' as opposed to a 'v' sound.
  • Question 7

Look at the sentence below and select the correct spelling out of the two options written in bold.

 

The lack of sunshine is really effecting/affecting my vegetable patch.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct spelling is 'affecting' as the sentence is referring to something happening/an action (verb). You've got this, keep going.
  • Question 8

Look at the sentence below. How many spelling errors can you see?

 

You're car could of run over are cat.

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the three errors here? Corrections in order: 'you're' should be 'your' (indicating possession of the car) 'could of' should be 'could've' (a contraction of could have) 'are' should be 'our' (indicating possession of the cat)
  • Question 9

Complete the sentence below by choosing the correct word to fill the gap.

 

____ order is now ready to collect.

CORRECT ANSWER
Your
EDDIE SAYS
The correct spelling is 'your' as it indicates who the order belongs to.
  • Question 10

Look at the following sentence. Can you find the right word to go into the gaps?

 

You forgot ____umbrella and ____ starting to rain.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 youryou'reitsit's
You forgot ___ umbrella
and ___ starting to rain
EDDIE SAYS
'You're' needs to be changed to 'your' as it indicates there is someone who owns the umbrella. 'Its' should be changed to 'it's' as this is a contraction of 'it is'. Great work, you've completed another activity! How about attempting another one so you feel super confident?
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