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Identify the Connection to Complete the Sentence

In this worksheet, students will identify the connection between the first two words so they can select the word which best completes the sentence.

'Identify the Connection to Complete the Sentence' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Connections

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Greetings word detective!  Which word from the set of brackets would best finish this sentence?

 

Smile is to grin as cry is to (tears, weep, sad).

First, we have to work out how the word smile is connected to the word grin. Grin is another word which means the same as smile. We call this a synonym.

 

This means we have to select a word which is a synonym for cry in order to best complete the sentence.

 

The correct answer is weep, as it is a synonym for cry.

 

In this type of question, you must always find the connection between the words first. The connection isn’t always a synonym. Here are some other connections to look out for.

Connection Example
Synonyms (similar meaning) Start is to begin...
Antonyms (opposite meaning) On is to off...
What something is made of Shirt is to cotton...
What something goes inside of Tea is to teapot...


 

Now let’s try another question:

Morning is to breakfast as evening is to (meal, picnic, dinner).

 

First, work out how the word morning is connected to the word breakfast. It refers to the time of day we eat a certain meal.

 

This means we have to select a word that names the meal we would have in the evening. 

 

The correct answer is dinner, because this is our evening meal. 

Now it’s your turn.

Remember to find those connections!

 

Select the correct connection from the options below.

 

Flame is to candle as bulb is to ______.

Shine

Lamp

Burn

Bright

Underline the correct connection.

 

Joy is to smile as miserable is to ______.

Complain, Cry, Screech, Giggle

Type the correct answer from the brackets in the box below.

 

Cold is to melt as hot is to (steam, sweat, freeze, shiver).

Plate is to food as mug is to ______.

 

Drink

Pour

Spill

Handle

Find and match the correct answer to this phrase from the words below. Match the wrong answers to 'incorrect'.

 

Today is to now as tomorrow is to ______.

Soon

Future

Hour

Past

Underline the correct answer.

 

Break is to mend as fix is to ______.

 

 

 

Repair, Reuse, Snap, Stick

Type the correct answer in the brackets in the box below.

 

Success is to fail as perfect is to (ideal, mistake, best, preferred).

 

Find and match the correct answer below to this phrase. Match the wrong answers to 'incorrect'.

 

Knock is to door as ring is to ______. 

 

Bell

Sing

Radio

Sound

Underline the correct connection.

 

Down is to fall as climb is to ______.

Mountain, Hill, Up, Achieve

Type the correct answer from the brackets in the box below.

 

Weight is to heavy as distance is to (near, far, metres).

 

  • Question 1

Select the correct connection from the options below.

 

Flame is to candle as bulb is to ______.

CORRECT ANSWER
Lamp
EDDIE SAYS
Here we go, word detective!
What creates the light on a candle? It's the flame isn't it. So we need to think about which of the options needs a bulb to make it light up. That would be a lamp.
  • Question 2

Underline the correct connection.

 

Joy is to smile as miserable is to ______.

CORRECT ANSWER
Complain, Cry, Screech, Giggle
EDDIE SAYS
The link between joy and smile is the action which goes with the emotion so we need to look at the second set of words and match the action which goes with feeling miserable. This would be cry.
Watch out for complain - yes you might complain when you're miserable, but cry and smile are the emotional expressions that match each feeling.
Also, you aren't necessarily miserable if you're complaining - you might just be a bit annoyed!
  • Question 3

Type the correct answer from the brackets in the box below.

 

Cold is to melt as hot is to (steam, sweat, freeze, shiver).

CORRECT ANSWER
Freeze
EDDIE SAYS
Melt is the opposite of what we would expect to happen if it's cold!
So make sure you look for the opposite of what you would expect to happen when it's hot - that would be freeze!
  • Question 4

Plate is to food as mug is to ______.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Drink
EDDIE SAYS
You just need to think about what is put on or in the objects in the question here. Food goes on a plate and a drink goes in a mug.
Don't get distracted by the other words that link to liquid!
Let's try another one, detective!
  • Question 5

Find and match the correct answer to this phrase from the words below. Match the wrong answers to 'incorrect'.

 

Today is to now as tomorrow is to ______.

CORRECT ANSWER
Future
EDDIE SAYS
Today is always now and tomorrow is always in the future! If you're really excited for something happening tomorrow, it might not feel soon enough, so stick to the most factual answer here!
  • Question 6

Underline the correct answer.

 

Break is to mend as fix is to ______.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Repair, Reuse, Snap, Stick
EDDIE SAYS
Can you see a connection, word detective?
Break and mend are opposites, so we must be looking for an antonym here! Repair is a synonym - be careful of that one!
Which word has the closest meaning to break? That would be snap.
  • Question 7

Type the correct answer in the brackets in the box below.

 

Success is to fail as perfect is to (ideal, mistake, best, preferred).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Mistake
EDDIE SAYS
Again, we're looking at antonyms here. Success and fail are opposites, so what would be the opposite of perfect?
All of the words in the brackets are quite positive - apart from mistake, so that would be our correct antonym for perfect.
  • Question 8

Find and match the correct answer below to this phrase. Match the wrong answers to 'incorrect'.

 

Knock is to door as ring is to ______. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Bell
EDDIE SAYS
We need to think about the actions we do to the objects in this question. You would knock on a door, so what would you do to a bell? You would ring it!
Good detecting!
  • Question 9

Underline the correct connection.

 

Down is to fall as climb is to ______.

CORRECT ANSWER
Mountain, Hill, Up, Achieve
EDDIE SAYS
Mountains and hills are certainly things you climb, so you need to be really careful to notice the connection in the first two words here. It is to do with direction, so you simply need to match the idea that climbing means you're going up!
  • Question 10

Type the correct answer from the brackets in the box below.

 

Weight is to heavy as distance is to (near, far, metres).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Far
EDDIE SAYS
You need to think quite carefully here, word detective.
If something is heavy, it has a high weight. So we need the word which means that the distance is high. Near is too close, and metres tell us what we measure in but not anything about the actual distance.
This leaves the correct answer as far, because this is closest in meaning to a great distance.
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