Word of the Week

special (adjective)

Meaning –something is better, greater or otherwise different from what is usual.

Synonyms: exceptional, particular, unusual, marked, singular, uncommon, noteworthy, remarkable, outstanding or unique.

Example of using it in a sentence: "My parents always try to make the Christmas period special.”

It can also mean: belonging specifically to a particular person or place.

Synonyms: distinctive, individual, particular, specific, certain, peculiar and definite.

Example of using it in a sentence: “Windsor town has tried to keep its special small castle town character despite all the tourists.”

Spelling Tip – here we have a choice between the suffixes ‘cial’ and ‘tial’ spelling families. We need to remember that to check the letter that goes directly before the suffix. If it is a vowel then it is ‘cial’ and if it is a consonant its ‘tial’. Here it is an ‘e’.

Another way to remember if the word connects to - people its ‘cial’ like facial, social and beneficial. If it connects to - rules or objects its ‘tial’ like essential, partial and substantial.

Sp + e + cial

Use the word as many times throughout the week as you can. This can be verbally, in your written work or listen out for other people using it.

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