English spelling rules


A quiz to accompany the Wild West Spelling Rules animated video lesson testing learners understanding of the 5 key rules covered in that lesson. PLEASE NOTE: The lesson and this quiz do not cover ALL of the spelling rules for English, just 5 of the most important ones people need to understand to avoid the most common spelling errors.
Sarah Holmes
Quiz by Sarah Holmes, updated more than 1 year ago
Sarah Holmes
Created by Sarah Holmes about 8 years ago

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Question 1

Each of these spellings contain a word related to the rule ' 'i' before 'e' except after 'c' '. Choose the correct spelling of each of those words from the drop-down menus. 1) I have [blank_start]received[blank_end] your application 2) To [blank_start]achieve[blank_end] a good score you need to spell accurately. 3) Learn the spelling rules to become [blank_start]proficient[blank_end] at spelling. 4) We must [blank_start]weigh[blank_end] up the pros and cons. 5) I do [blank_start]believe[blank_end] you have understood this rule!
  • received
  • recieved
  • recevied
  • achieve
  • acheive
  • achevie
  • proficient
  • proficeient
  • proficeint
  • weigh
  • wiegh
  • wegih
  • believe
  • beleive
  • belevie

Question 2

Is a suffix something you add to the start or the end of a word?
  • The end
  • The start

Question 3

When would you need to double the final consonant if you add any one of the suffixes 'ing', 'er', 'ed', 'est' or 'en'?
  • If the word you are adding it to is single syllable and ends with a vowel followed by a consonant
  • For any word ending vowel + consonant
  • For words ending in 'y' that also change the 'y' to an 'i'
  • When you add the suffix to any single syllable word

Question 4

There are only 5 vowels in the English language. All the other letters are consonants.
  • True
  • False

Question 5

In this passage all of the words which have vowel consonants added have been removed. Drag and drop the correctly spelt word into each blank space. When [blank_start]writing[blank_end] creative pieces try to use your [blank_start]imagination[blank_end] as much as you can. Be [blank_start]sensible[blank_end] with your vocabulary choices and [blank_start]courageous[blank_end] in your sentence structures. It is to be [blank_start]hoped[blank_end] that your efforts will be [blank_start]noticeable[blank_end] to the reader.
  • writing
  • writeing
  • imagination
  • imagineation
  • sensible
  • senseable
  • courageous
  • couragous
  • hoped
  • hopeed
  • noticeable
  • noticable

Question 6

"All in front and full behind, drop the 'l' and never mind!" Choose the examples of this rule from the words listed.
  • Always
  • Careful
  • Although
  • Fearful
  • Allmost
  • Hopefull
  • Wistfull
  • Allmighty

Question 7

When would you change the 'y' at the end of a word to an 'i'?
  • If the last two letters of the word are consonant + 'y' and you want to add a suffix
  • If the last two letters of the word are vowel + consonant and you want to add a suffix
  • If you are adding vowel suffixes to any word ending with a 'y'

Question 8

Look at this list of words. Can you identify the ones that have been spelt incorrectly? Choose all that you think are wrong.
  • Anceient
  • Allways
  • Ocurring
  • Exciteable
  • Readyness
  • Defying
  • Manageable
  • Joker
  • Referring
  • Neighbour

Question 9

Drag and drop the annotations to correctly identify the spelling rule or exeception that has been used correctly in this passage.
  • Drop the silent 'e'
  • Doubling
  • 'ing' means doubling
  • Change the 'y'
  • Double the last consonant
  • i before e
  • All in front
  • Full behind
  • 'i' before 'e' except after 'c'
  • adding 'ies'
  • except after 'c'
  • add i and e
  • change 'y' to 'i'
  • dropping the silent 'e'

Question 10

If you follow these spelling rules you will always be successful! Which spelling rule is used in this sentence?
  • All in front and full behind, drop the 'l' and never mind!
  • 'i' before 'e' except after 'c'.
  • Adding 'ing' means doubling.
  • Drop the silent 'e' when adding vowel suffixes
  • If the word ends consonant + 'y', change the 'y' to an 'i' when adding a suffix
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