Letter: Just spell it out

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From Mrs Bridget Krasinska

Sir: To say that Romeo used "Simples and Metfords" is an accurate statement, wrongly spelt; to say that Juliet wanted to marry Paris is an inaccurate statement, correctly spelt (" `Confused' markers fail their own English test", 19 February). Which should lose a mark?

There is a difference between knowing the text and being able to spell conventionally, and this is usually reflected in marking schemes for English tests.

Yours faithfully,

Bridget Krasinska

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire