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Can You Pass This Quiz of 4th Grade Spelling Words?

You probably haven’t taken a spelling test since grade school. If that’s the case, it’s time to change that. No peeking at a dictionary or Google for this quiz of elementary school level, but surprisingly tricky, words.

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Which of these words describes a deeply held value or unbreakable rule?

A. Principle

B. Princeple

C. Principal

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A. Principle

For example, cheating on a test of 4th grade spelling words might get you sent to the principal‘s office. If you really want to challenge yourself, try to master these 7 Jeopardy! categories that stump everyone

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Which word goes here? “Boston is the ____ of Massachusetts.”

A. Capital

B. Capitle

C. Capitol

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A. Capital

Provinces and states have “capital” cities, and countries have “capitals,” but U.S. legislators meet in “capitol” buildings. We totally see why that one trips people up.

Here are 25 more homophones people confuse all the time. 

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Which of the following means “permitted” or “able to”?

A. Aloud

B. Allowed

C. Allowde

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B. Allowed

It might sound identical to “allowed,” but “aloud” actually means the same thing as “out loud.” For example, “I’m not allowed to play my music aloud when my baby brother is sleeping, so I use headphones.”

Check out these 7 words you never realized were examples of onomatopoeia.

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Which of the following is a kind, praising statement someone makes to someone else?

A. Compliment

B. Complement

C. Complament

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A. Compliment

A “complement” is something that completes or increases the value of something else. “Complament” isn’t a word at all, but you might think it is because of the way most people pronounce the word.

Make sure you avoid these 24 words and phrases that make you sound stupid.

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Which of these words is a noun describing a noticeable change or result?

A. Effect

B. Affect

C. Efect

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A. Effect

“Affect” is a verb meaning to produce a change or—you guessed it—an effect. To make matters more confusing, “affect” can also be a noun meaning a subtle display of emotion.

See if you can pass our notoriously difficult random trivia quiz.

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Which word goes here: “I got all these 4th grade spelling words right ___ for this one.”

A. Except

B. Accept

C. Ecxept

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A. Except

“Accept” is a verb meaning “to allow or agree to,” while “except” is a preposition meaning “with the exclusion of.” In that way, their meanings are somewhat opposite! When you’re trying to figure out which to use, ask yourself if you’re “allowing” or “excluding.”

Sound wiser with these 10 amazing words we no longer use—but should!

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Which of these words means “to get or take into your possession”?

A. Recieve

B. Receive

C. Reiceive

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B. Receive

This is one of the words that that old “I before E except after C” rule was created for. If you’re enjoying this 4th grade spelling words quiz, try these 10 trivia questions only geniuses will get right.

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Which of these words means “experiencing shame or humiliation”?

A. Embarrassed

B. Embarassed

C. Embarrased

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A. Embarrassed

Here’s a rule for spelling “embarrassed”—when in doubt, use double letters!

Make sure you watch out for these 11 words and phrases that don’t mean what you think they do.

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Which of these words means “engaged or curious”?

A. Intrested

B. Interrested

C. Interested

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C. Interested

If you’re interested in spelling, don’t miss these 9 spelling and grammar mistakes Spell Check won’t catch.

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Which of the following means “to misplace or forget the whereabouts of” (or “to come off worse in a competition”)?

A. Loose

B. Lose

C. Louse

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B. Lose

No, you can’t “loose” your keys. But if you set your dog loose, you might lose him.

Plus: Can you guess the letter that starts the fewest words in the English language?

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When you go to the gym, which of the following are you doing?

A. Exercising

B. Excercising

C. Exorcising

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A. Exercising

Hopefully, you’re not encountering any demons at the gym, as that’s the only time you would use the homophone “exorcising.”

Check out the 10 hardest English words to pronounce, according to non-native speakers.

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Which of these words means “essential” or “required”?

A. Nesessary

B. Nessecary

C. Necessary

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C. Necessary

C’s and double-S’s make the same sound in “necessary,” making it a tricky word to spell!

Make sure you also learn these 11 adjectives everyone should use more often.

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Which of these do you do when you talk about a topic of conversation or consideration?

A. Discuss

B. Disscuss

C. Discus

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A. Discuss

If Choice C also looked familiar, that’s because “discus” is a disk-throwing track-and-field event.

Don’t miss these four mind-blowing things you never knew about the English language.

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Which of these words means “indisputably” or “absolutely”?

A. Definetely

B. Definitely

C. Definately

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B. Definitely

As in, if you got more than ten of these 4th grade spelling words right, you’re definitely a master speller! Officially feeling smarter than a fourth grader? See if you can solve this second-grade math problem no one can figure out.

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