Spelling the /w/ sound : w or wh ?

homophones - learn to spell similar sounding words Homophones from this section:

If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake - so it is especially important to learn them.


which? - the question word.

witch - on a broomstick.
Which train are you getting?

Dress up as a witch at Halloween.
Learning tip to help your spelling
a) Remember the 'question' words begin with
wh
- which word?

b) Print the word witch, making the top of the t into a witch's hat and the bottom into a broomstick.
spelling w or wh


weather - climate: rainy, hot etc.

whether - two choices - if
The weather is warm for March.

I don't know whether to have cheese or dessert.
Learning tip to help your spelling a) Think of the weather at sea (and draw it, if it helps)

b) When you use the word whether, it is rather like asking a question: Shall I have cheese or dessert? - and the 'question' words begin with wh.


whale - the sea mammal


wail
- crying noise or siren

Wales - part of Britain
The blue whale is the largest mammal.


The baby gave a loud wail.

Charles is the Prince of Wales
Learning tip to help your spelling
Remember which one is whale by thinking a whale is heavy.
whale or wail


Now invent your own 'Learning tips' for the remaining words:

whine - high-pitched noise

wine - the drink
The machine made a whining noise.

A glass of red wine, please.

hole - a space, a gap

whole - complete, entire
Dig a deep hole.

He ate a whole pizza.

wholly - completely

holy - connected with God
We are wholly lost.

The Bible and the Koran are holy books.

wheel - on a car, bike etc

we'll - short for 'we will'
That wheel needs a new tyre.

Hurry up or we'll be late.

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