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Avoid Common Spelling Errors 2

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

'Avoid Common Spelling Errors 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

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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've

should of

could've

could of

would've

would of

Select the correct option to fill the gap in the sentence.

 

The frantic dog had lost ___ bone.

its

it's

Write out the whole of the text in the box below, correcting the spelling mistakes.

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

Match up the words with their definitions.

Column A

Column B

affect
a noun which means the result of something happeni...
effect
a verb (action word) meaning to cause something to...

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I turned the cooker _____.

off

of

Spot the error in this sentence. Write the correct spelling of the word(s) in the box below.

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

Write the sentences out again, correcting any spelling and punctuation mistakes.

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

Match up the correct words with the definitions below. Hover your mouse over the definition to read it in full.

Column A

Column B

your
belonging to you
you're
belonging to us
our
contraction of 'you are'
are
present tense verb

Write the whole sentence in the box below, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

Choose the correct option to fill the gap in the sentence.

 

Lack of sleep may ____________ your performance in exams.

affect

effect

  • Question 1

Choose the three correct contractions below.

CORRECT ANSWER
should've
could've
would've
EDDIE SAYS
These are 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 to fill the gap in the sentence.

 

The frantic dog had lost ___ bone.

CORRECT ANSWER
its
EDDIE SAYS
The correct choice is 'its' as the sentence refers to posession rather than a contraction of 'it is'. Normally, an apostrophe would be used to show possession, but 'its' is an exception.
  • Question 3

Write out the whole of the text in the box below, correcting the spelling mistakes.

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
Your car is blocking our drive. Are you going to move it soon? Well, I think you're being most inconsiderate.
EDDIE SAYS
Corrections in order:

you're: your (the car is a possession)

are: our (pronounced like 'hour' and indicates possession)

our: are (pronounced like the letter 'R' and a present tense verb/action word

your: you're (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 VANE may help you to remember this rule: Verb Affect Noun Effect.
  • Question 5

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I turned the cooker _____.

CORRECT ANSWER
off
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'off' as it has a longer 'ff' sound at the end when pronounced.
  • Question 6

Spot the error in this sentence. Write the correct spelling of the word(s) in the box below.

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
should have
should've
EDDIE SAYS
'Should of' is not the correct contraction of 'should have'.
  • Question 7

Write the sentences out again, correcting any spelling and punctuation mistakes.

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
Are you coming to our house for tea? It's going to be fun.
EDDIE SAYS
Spelling corrections in order:

our: are (present tense verb/action word)

are: our (possession - sounds like 'hour')

its: it's (contraction of 'it is')

  • Question 8

Match up the correct words with the definitions below. Hover your mouse over the definition to read it in full.

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'). 'Are' suggests a present tense action.
  • Question 9

Write the whole sentence in the box below, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
One effect of global warming is that it may affect 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 on these animals.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct option to fill the gap in the sentence.

 

Lack of sleep may ____________ your performance in exams.

CORRECT ANSWER
affect
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.
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