HSPT Language Skills : Identifying Spelling Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for HSPT Language Skills

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Identifying Spelling Errors

Identify which one of the following sentences contains a spelling error. Select “No Errors” if none of the sentences contains a spelling error.

Possible Answers:

It’s a good thing that Fred recieved the package before he left on his trip.

Do you know how search the library’s catalogue to find a book on a particular subject?

Our neighbor decided to plant potatoes in his vegetable garden this summer.

No Errors

Correct answer:

It’s a good thing that Fred recieved the package before he left on his trip.

Explanation:

The sentence that contains the spelling error is "It’s a good thing that Fred recieved the package before he left on his trip." The misspelled word is "received." It should be spelled "received." Remembering the phrase "'I' before 'E' except after 'C'" can help you avoid errors like this in the future!

Example Question #2 : Identifying Spelling Errors

Identify which one of the following sentences contains a spelling error. Select “No Errors” if none of the sentences contains a spelling error.

Possible Answers:

Students in that art class learn to work with different artistic media, including clay, colored pencils, lead pencils, and various types of paints.

When working on household repairs or construction projects, it's often a good idea to wear protective gloves.

To avoid bad breathe, one should always brush one's teeth before meeting an important person.

No Errors

Correct answer:

To avoid bad breathe, one should always brush one's teeth before meeting an important person.

Explanation:

The sentence that contains a spelling error is "To avoid bad breathe, one should always brush one's teeth before meeting an important person." This is a tricky spelling error—"breathe" should be "breath." "Breathe" isn't a typo in every sentence; it is a verb that means to inhale and exhale regularly. That doesn't make any sense in this sentence, though! We need a word that acts as a noun and means the air that you exhale. That word is "breath." The corrected sentence would read, "To avoid bad breath, one should always brush one's teeth before meeting an important person."

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