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Year 2 - Suffix exceptions

This 'Suffix Exceptions' spelling quiz tests KS1 children on words that are an exception to the rules when adding all the suffixes like ‘ful’, ‘less’, ‘ness’ etc. This spelling quiz is an extension and should be given to Year 2 pupils in the last term.

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Once you’ve done all the suffix quizzes, you should try this quiz. Here you will need to spell words that have letters added onto the end but are all exceptions to the rules you’ve learnt! Can you spell the missing words?

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  1. Who is ____?
    Normally, you just need to add 'ing' onto the end of a word but for short vowel sounds you need to double the last letter.
  2. The electrician was very ____.
    When adding 'ful' to the end of the word you can normally just add it on, but for this word you need to delete one 'l' off the word 'skill'.
  3. They had a huge ____ and now are not talking to each other.
    Normally you can just add 'ment' onto the end of the word but for this one, you need to erase the 'e' from the end of the word argue.
  4. His overall ____ meant he forgot where he put the treasure!
    Here we are adding 'ness' onto the word 'busy'. Normally we would replace the 'y' with an 'i' but if you do that, you change the word to business - meaning work. For this word, we keep the 'y' and just add 'ness'.
  5. He is ____ her suitcase.
    Often, when a word ends with 'y' we replace it with an 'i' then add 'ing' but not for this word.
  6. They were ____ all night!
    Usually, when a word ends with 'y' we replace it with an 'i' then add 'ing' but not for this word.
  7. She is ____ the ball with her foot.
    The word control has one 'l' but when adding 'ing' we double the ending, even though it doesn't have a short vowel sound - it's an exception to the exception!
  8. His ____ shocks me.
    Normally you can add the suffix 'ness' straight onto the end of a word but if that word ends with a 'y', you need to change the 'y' for an 'i'.
  9. I agree, he is very ____.
    When you add the suffix 'ing' you normally delete the letter 'e' but when you add 'able' you keep it.
  10. I ____ believe you can do it.
    When adding 'ly' you can normally just add it to the end of the word but for this word you need to delete the 'e'.

Author: Finola Waller

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