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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.

describes deeply held valueNicole Fornabaio/

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 your spelling skills, get a look at the hardest winning words from the National Spelling Bee.

boston is the ____ of MANicole Fornabaio/

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

A. Capital

B. Capitle

C. Capitol

capitalNicole Fornabaio/

A. Capital

States have "capital" cities, and countries have "capitals," but legislators meet in "capitol" buildings. We totally see why that one trips people up. Here are some more confusing words and phrases you're probably using all wrong.

means permittedNicole Fornabaio/

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." Just a few letters can make a big difference. Try naming these states without using vowels!

kind praising statement someone makes to someone elseNicole Fornabaio/

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

A. Compliment

B. Complement

C. Complament

complimentNicole Fornabaio/

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. (These spelling mistakes are common–this is the difference between travelled and traveled.)

describing noticeable change or result

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 this notoriously difficult test for second-graders.

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