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Revise Your Spelling: Words Ending in -ious and -eous

In this worksheet, students practise spelling words ending in -ious and -eous.

'Revise Your Spelling: Words Ending in -ious and -eous' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Awareness of Spelling Patterns and Rules

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words in English end in either -ious or -eous and it can be hard to know which ending to choose.

 

Most words that have a 'sh' sound just before the ending are spelt -ious.

for example:

cautious

vicious

conscious

 

However, there are no other rules to help and unfortunately it is just a case of learning which ending to use!

Match these -ious words with their definitions. Look carefully at the spellings as you may need them in later questions!

 

Hover your mouse over the box if you can't read the full definition.

Column A

Column B

atrocious
hard working and careful
cautious
very valuable
prestigious
having high status, inspiring respect
precious
extremely comfortable and indulgent
conscientious
extremely bad or unpleasant
luxurious
wary of potential danger

Match these -eous words with their definitions. Look carefully at the spelling as you may need them in the later questions!

 

Hover your mouse over the box if you can't read the full definition.

Column A

Column B

outrageous
extremely ugly
courageous
happening at the same time
gorgeous
done without being planned in advance
hideous
very attractive or beautiful
simultaneous
brave
spontaneous
shockingly bad or offensive

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

That necklace is very prec______ to me because it belonged to my grandmother.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

Your behaviour this morning was outrag______!

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

We had planned to go on a picnic but the weather that day was atroc______ so we stayed at home.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

We stayed in a really luxur______ hotel when we went to Dubai.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

There was a simultan________ broadcast on TV and radio.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

We made a spontan______ decision to go on a bike ride because the weather was so nice.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

My uncle won a very prestig______ award for designing the new library in our town.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

Mikey was very courag______ and went up the tower even though he was scared of heights.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

  • Question 1

Match these -ious words with their definitions. Look carefully at the spellings as you may need them in later questions!

 

Hover your mouse over the box if you can't read the full definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

atrocious
extremely bad or unpleasant
cautious
wary of potential danger
prestigious
having high status, inspiring res...
precious
very valuable
conscientious
hard working and careful
luxurious
extremely comfortable and indulge...
  • Question 2

Match these -eous words with their definitions. Look carefully at the spelling as you may need them in the later questions!

 

Hover your mouse over the box if you can't read the full definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

outrageous
shockingly bad or offensive
courageous
brave
gorgeous
very attractive or beautiful
hideous
extremely ugly
simultaneous
happening at the same time
spontaneous
done without being planned in adv...
  • Question 3

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

That necklace is very prec______ to me because it belonged to my grandmother.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

CORRECT ANSWER
precious
EDDIE SAYS
'Precious' means having great value.
  • Question 4

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

Your behaviour this morning was outrag______!

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

CORRECT ANSWER
outrageous
EDDIE SAYS
'Outrageous' means shockingly bad or offensive.
  • Question 5

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

We had planned to go on a picnic but the weather that day was atroc______ so we stayed at home.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

CORRECT ANSWER
atrocious
EDDIE SAYS
'Atrocious' means extremely bad or unpleasant.
  • Question 6

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

We stayed in a really luxur______ hotel when we went to Dubai.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

CORRECT ANSWER
luxurious
EDDIE SAYS
'Luxurious' means extremely comfortable and indulgent.
  • Question 7

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

There was a simultan________ broadcast on TV and radio.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

CORRECT ANSWER
simultaneous
EDDIE SAYS
'Simultaneous' means happening at the same time.
  • Question 8

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

We made a spontan______ decision to go on a bike ride because the weather was so nice.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

CORRECT ANSWER
spontaneous
EDDIE SAYS
If something is 'spontaneous' it means it is done without being planned in advance.
  • Question 9

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

My uncle won a very prestig______ award for designing the new library in our town.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

CORRECT ANSWER
prestigious
EDDIE SAYS
'Prestigious' means having high status or inspiring respect.
  • Question 10

Complete the missing word in the following sentence.

 

Mikey was very courag______ and went up the tower even though he was scared of heights.

 

(Write the whole word in the answer box.)

CORRECT ANSWER
courageous
EDDIE SAYS
'Courageous' means very brave.
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