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Correct Common Spelling and Grammar Errors

In this worksheet, students proofread sentences for common spelling and grammar errors and then correct them.

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

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QUESTION 1 of 10

It is very easy to let simple grammar or spelling errors creep into written work, even when you know what the correct version should be.


 

In this worksheet, you can practise proofreading and correcting sentences that contain basic spelling and grammar errors. If you struggle with any of them you can go back and do the worksheets that deal with those points.

The following sentence contains a mistake. Rewrite the whole sentence correctly in the answer box.

 

You need to arrive at school by half past eight if your going on the trip.

The following sentence contains a mistake. Rewrite the whole sentence correctly in the answer box.

 

I could of won the race if I hadn't tripped over my laces.

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

Philips new trainers had a great affect on his running.

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

My grandparents are taking my sister and I to there villa in Spain.

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

If you do'nt practice your violin you won't pass your exam.

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

I'm not going to except you're excuse for not doing your homework.

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

The puppy wagged it's tail and bought the ball back to me.

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

My mums' friend gave me good advise about which subjects to choose for my GCSEs.

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

Jake and Sarah said they would of come to the cinema with us but there gran is coming to visit them.

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

Childrens' clothes are on the second floor, next to the lady's shoes department.

  • Question 1

The following sentence contains a mistake. Rewrite the whole sentence correctly in the answer box.

 

You need to arrive at school by half past eight if your going on the trip.

CORRECT ANSWER
You need to arrive at school by half past eight if you're going on the trip.
You need to arrive at school by half past eight if you are going on the trip.
EDDIE SAYS
The incorrect word is 'your', which is a pronoun. The correct word is 'you're', which is short for 'you are'.
  • Question 2

The following sentence contains a mistake. Rewrite the whole sentence correctly in the answer box.

 

I could of won the race if I hadn't tripped over my laces.

CORRECT ANSWER
I could have won the race if I hadn't tripped over my laces.
I could've won the race if I hadn't tripped over my laces.
EDDIE SAYS
If we read the sentence out loud it sounds like 'could of', but it is actually 'could've', which is short for 'could have'.
  • Question 3

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

Philips new trainers had a great affect on his running.

CORRECT ANSWER
Philip's new trainers had a great effect on his running.
EDDIE SAYS
There should be an apostrophe after Philip to show that the trainers belong to him. The second mistake is the use of the verb 'affect' instead of the noun 'effect'.
  • Question 4

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

My grandparents are taking my sister and I to there villa in Spain.

CORRECT ANSWER
My grandparents are taking my sister and me to their villa in Spain.
EDDIE SAYS
It should be 'my sister and me' because the speaker is the object of the sentence, not the subject. The word 'there' is incorrect and should be the possessive pronoun 'their'.
  • Question 5

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

If you do'nt practice your violin you won't pass your exam.

CORRECT ANSWER
If you don't practise your violin you won't pass your exam.
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe should come after the n (don't) to show that the letter o has been missed out. The word 'practise' has an s not a c when it is a verb.
  • Question 6

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

I'm not going to except you're excuse for not doing your homework.

CORRECT ANSWER
I'm not going to accept your excuse for not doing your homework.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word should be the verb 'accept', and the possessive pronoun 'your' should be used.
  • Question 7

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

The puppy wagged it's tail and bought the ball back to me.

CORRECT ANSWER
The puppy wagged its tail and brought the ball back to me.
EDDIE SAYS
There is no apostrophe in the possessive pronoun 'its'. The second verb should be 'brought', which is the past tense of the verb 'to bring'.
  • Question 8

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

My mums' friend gave me good advise about which subjects to choose for my GCSEs.

CORRECT ANSWER
My mum's friend gave me good advice about which subjects to choose for my GCSEs.
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe should come before the s (mum's) as there is only one mum involved. The noun 'advice' should be used rather than the verb 'advise'.
  • Question 9

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

Jake and Sarah said they would of come to the cinema with us but there gran is coming to visit them.

CORRECT ANSWER
Jake and Sarah said they would have come to the cinema with us but their gran is coming to visit them.
Jake and Sarah said they would've come to the cinema with us but their gran is coming to visit them.
EDDIE SAYS
It should be 'would have come' or 'would've come', and the possessive pronoun 'their' should be used instead of 'there'.
  • Question 10

Rewrite this sentence, correcting two errors.

 

Childrens' clothes are on the second floor, next to the lady's shoes department.

CORRECT ANSWER
Children's clothes are on the second floor, next to the ladies' shoes department.
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe should come before the s (children's), and as the shoes are for more than one lady it should be 'ladies' shoes'.
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