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There are two ways of spelling the schwa in the us sound when it falls at the end of a word: us and ous.

Fortunately there is an easy trick to help you remember when to use which spelling pattern:

The spelling pattern us is used for people, places, or things; like in the words cactus, fungus, or octopus.

The ous ending, on the hand, is used for descriptive words like poisonous, jealous, and enormous.

Adjectives ending in ous are commonly used in English to describe being full of or possessing the quality of a base word. For example, ambitious means being full of ambition and curious means possessing the quality of curiosity.

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Summer spelling gameSummer spelling
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Mayan Temple spelling gameMayan Temple
Try the temple spelling puzzle.

Monkey Business spelling gameMonkey Business
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Pattern recognition games Pattern recognition games are anagram based games designed to help identify and memorise the sequence of letters within a word.

Fishy Business spelling gameFishy Business
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Rain spelling gameRain Drops
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Chick spelling gameEgg Hunt
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Asteroids spelling gameAsteroids
Out of this world spelling game!

Bouncing Anagram spelling gameBouncing Anagram
A lively anagram spelling game.

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Problem solving games Problem solving games help with word and letter pattern recognition and proofreading skills.

Wild West spelling gameWild West
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Which Witch spelling gameWhich Witch
Hangman with a twist.

Word search Word Search, medium
The classic English word game.
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The classic English word game.
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A 'Spelling Bee' style game.

Cool Spelling game Cool Spelling
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