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Revise Common Spelling Errors 2

In this worksheet, students revise some of the common confusions made in spelling and explore techniques to improve overall accuracy - particularly in their written work.

'Revise Common Spelling Errors 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

ABC with a tick

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. Also note the spelling link with 'your'which also means 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'.  

 

They are often incorrectly shortened to: 

should of

could of

would of

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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.

 

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.

Two emojis, one with sunshine and one with rain. 

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 correct word to complete this sentence.

 

Welcome to _________ home.

our

are

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

Column A

Column B

should have
should've
could have
could've
would have
would've

Write out the sentence below in full, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

I think your a really lovely person.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

Match the word with the correct description. Hover your mouse over the descriptions to read them in full.

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.

 

The elephant drenched ______ back with water.

its

it's

Write out the whole of the following sentence, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

Please remember to turn the tap of.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

Fill the gap in the sentence below by choosing the correct option.

 

The lack of sunshine is really ____________ my vegetable patch.

affecting

effecting

Write out the whole of the following sentence, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

You're car could of run over are cat.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

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

 

_____________ order is now ready to collect.

Your

You're

Write out the whole of the following sentence, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

You forgot you're umbrella and its starting to rain.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

  • Question 1

Choose the correct word to complete this sentence.

 

Welcome to _________ home.

CORRECT ANSWER
our
EDDIE SAYS
The correct spelling is 'our' as it indicates possession or belonging.
  • Question 2

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

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

should have
should've
could have
could've
would have
would've
EDDIE SAYS
Often these words are incorrectly shortened to 'should of', 'could of' and 'would of'. Remember that the job of an apostrophe is to indicate that letters have been missed out.
  • Question 3

Write out the sentence below in full, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

I think your a really lovely person.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
I think you're a really lovely person.
EDDIE SAYS
'Your' needs to be altered to 'you're' as it is a contraction of 'you are'.
  • Question 4

Match the word with the correct description. Hover your mouse over the descriptions to read them in full.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

affect
a verb meaning to cause something...
effect
a noun meaning the result of some...
EDDIE SAYS
Identify the difference between these two by asking yourself if the word is an action word (verb) or a noun.
  • Question 5

Complete the sentence below by choosing the correct word.

 

The elephant drenched ______ back with water.

CORRECT ANSWER
its
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word is 'its' as this indicates 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.
  • Question 6

Write out the whole of the following sentence, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

Please remember to turn the tap of.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
Please remember to turn the tap off.
EDDIE SAYS
'Of' needs to be changed to 'off'. It is easiest to listen to the sounds; here it sounds like a longer 'ff' as opposed to a 'v' sound.
  • Question 7

Fill the gap in the sentence below by choosing the correct option.

 

The lack of sunshine is really ____________ my vegetable patch.

CORRECT ANSWER
affecting
EDDIE SAYS
The correct spelling is 'affecting' as the sentence is referring to something happening/an action (verb).
  • Question 8

Write out the whole of the following sentence, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

You're car could of run over are cat.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
Your car could've run over our cat.
EDDIE SAYS
Corrections in order:

'you're' - 'your' (indicates possession of the car)

'could of' - 'could've' (contraction of could have)

'are' - 'our' (indicates possession of the cat)

  • Question 9

Complete the sentence 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

Write out the whole of the following sentence, correcting any spelling mistakes.

 

You forgot you're umbrella and its starting to rain.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
You forgot your umbrella and it's starting to rain.
EDDIE SAYS
'You're' needs to be changed to 'your' as it indicates who owns the umbrella. 'Its' should be changed to 'it's' as it is a contraction of 'it is'.
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