Dictation (Commonly Mis-spelt Words)


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Some words are commonly misspelt for the following reasons:

  1. transpositions of letters e.g., “ie” and “ei” as in:

believe                      ceiling

fierce                         deceive

field                            seize


2) assimilation of a letter as in:

debt ‘b’ is not pronounced

listen ‘t’ is not pronounced

honest ‘h’ is not pronounced

pneumonia ‘p’ is not pronounced

sword ‘w’ is not pronounced


3) The contemporary convention of shortening some words as in:

Exam                         –                       Examination

Libry                           –                       Library

Lab                             –                       Laboratory

Program                   –                       Programme


4) Some different letters are pronounced alike:

gh                   f                ph                   ff

cough             half         graph            cuff

g                     gue

big                  fatigue


s                       z

feasible           zebra


ck                    c                      k                      que

cock              zinc                 pink                boutique



5) words with double consonants as in:





6) Noun plurals as in:

baby              babies

body              bodies

wife                wives


7)       Word class as in:

Noun                        verb

Practice                    practise

Licence                     license

Advice                      advise




Correct the following words.

  1. Refferred
  2. Reservation
  3. Segregation
  4. Installation
  5. Accummulation
  6. Boundries
  7. Residue
  8. Jerminate



Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary; English Grammar by P.O Olatunbosun.



Read page 97-98 of English Grammar by P.O Olatunbosun.


  • Use a pronoun or an adverb as sub-ordinate conjunction to fill the space in each of the sentences.
      1. Ladi is the student _______ solved the problem
      2. The book _________ I read has forty pages.
      3. The student _________ he flogged wept bitterly.
      4. She arrived _________ we expected her.
      5. He will eat ___________ you give him.


  • Fill in the gap with the correct letter(s).
      1. privile_e   (g, dg)
      2. boyco_    (t, tt)
      3. d_lapidated   (e,  i)
      4. extra_dinary   (o, or, au)
      5. di_atified  (s, ss)



Do tests for continuous assessment nos 1 (1 – 10) and 2(1-5), page 155 of Effective English Bk3



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