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Spelling: y and i

This KS2 English spelling quiz takes a look at words using y or i. In spelling, words ending in 'y' are usually replaced with an 'i' if plural. It is extremely easy to mix up the letters 'i' and 'y' in your spelling. In English, these letters are frequently used to make exactly the same sounds. 'Try' and 'tricycle', 'pay' and 'paint', and 'joy' and 'join' are perfect examples of how 'y' and 'i' could be easily confused.

This is another of those trickier spelling quizzes that you will need to practise until you get full marks. It's helpful to spend some time each day reading stories or poems - even if it's only for 10 minutes.

Check your spelling by trying this English quiz.

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  1. Choose the correct words to complete the sentence.
    Their ____ of food was running low. On the last day of camping, the family of ____ had to share two ____ eggs for breakfast.
    Their supply of food was running low. On the last day of camping, the family of five had to share two fried eggs for breakfast.
  2. Choose the correct words to complete the sentence.
    There are many ____ recipes for ____.
    There are many delicious recipes for stir-fry.
  3. Choose the correct words to complete the sentence.
    The day was so ____ that no one even felt ____ that the food arrived late.
    The day was so joyful that no one even felt disappointed that the food arrived late.
  4. Choose the correct words to complete the sentence.
    In their first lesson, the instructor showed them how to ____ the ____.
    In their first lesson, the instructor showed them how to hoist the sail.
  5. Choose the correct words to complete the sentence.
    Parsley, sage, ____ and ____ are very useful herbs.
    Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are very useful herbs.
  6. Choose the correct words to complete the sentence.
    My Mum ____ to ____ for a new job.
    My Mum decided to apply for a new job.
  7. Choose the correct words to complete the sentence.
    It was a ____ day and he found himself ____ from one appointment to another.
    It was a busy day and he found himself hurrying from one appointment to another.
  8. Choose the correct words to complete the sentence.
    She filled in several ____ for local ____.
    She filled in several applications for local businesses. Both 'apply' and 'busy' change the 'y' to an 'i' before adding a suffix.
  9. Choose the correct words to complete the sentence.
    He had a ____ look in his ____.
    He had a mysterious look in his eye.
  10. The ____ were forced to walk ____ long ____ to cross the desert.
    The survivors were forced to walk thirty long miles to cross the desert.

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