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Find the Missing Word Using the Pattern

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing word in a sequence of scrambled words. It will develop their problem solving and sequencing skills.

'Find the Missing Word Using the Pattern' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Scrambles

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Most of us have heard of scrambled eggs, but did you know words can be scrambled too?  

We need your best efforts to help us unscramble this lot.

Are you up for the challenge word detective?

 

Here are some pairs of words.

They each follow a special pattern and we need to find out what each pattern is!

 

You need to think about what the pattern is between the first two pairs, and then complete the third pair in the same way.

 

Let’s look at an example:

 

What could be the special pattern below?

eat, eating          look, looking       fish, ____

 

Did you notice that each word has had ing added to the end of it?

This is our special pattern for these words!

 

This makes our missing word FISHING.

 

fishing

 

So the complete set of words would be:

eat, eating          look, looking       fish, fishing

 

Let’s try another:

 

Look at these word pairs. Can you work out the special pattern to figure out which word comes next?

kick, kicked          jump, jumped        bash, ____

 

Did you notice that the letters ed are being added to the end of the first word each time? This makes our missing word BASHED.

 

broken window

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

Remember to check if any letters have been added or removed from the word.

 

In this activity, you will need to be a word detective and work out the missing word in a pair.

Let’s get started!

Welcome back, word detective!

Here's another exciting worksheet for you to get your teeth into!

 

Here are some groups of words:

 

[Remark, Remarkable], [Respect, Respectable], [Transfer, ____________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first and second pairs, find the missing word.

Here it is, word detective!

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[Tired, Tiredest], [Full, Fullest], [Tough, ________ ]

   

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first and second pairs, find the missing word.

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[Quarrel, Quarrelsome], [Trouble, Troublesome] [Tire, ________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words. 

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Passage, Passages], [Difference, Differences], [Collection, ___________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

Here are pairs of words:

 

[On, Once], [Pen, Pence], [Flee, ______ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

Here are groups of words:

 

[Vanish, Vanished], [Yell, Yelled], [Shorten, _________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

Here are groups of words:

 

[Puppet, Puppetry], [Chemist, Chemistry], [Wizard, ________ ]

 

scientist

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.  

Here are groups of words:

 

[Polite, Politeness], [Quiet, Quietness], [Pleasant, ____________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Slipper, Slippery], [Hand, Handy], [Wear, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[Art, Artery], [Station, Stationery], [Confection, _____________ ]

 

paint

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

  • Question 1

Welcome back, word detective!

Here's another exciting worksheet for you to get your teeth into!

 

Here are some groups of words:

 

[Remark, Remarkable], [Respect, Respectable], [Transfer, ____________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first and second pairs, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Transferable
EDDIE SAYS
Were you ABLE to solve that challenge?! The second word in each pair has had the letters 'able' added at the end. Let's take a look at the next one!
  • Question 2

Here it is, word detective!

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[Tired, Tiredest], [Full, Fullest], [Tough, ________ ]

   

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first and second pairs, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Toughest
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question? The last word in each group has had the letters 'est' added at the end. Were you the quietEST, the fastEST and the bEST Word Scrambler ever?
  • Question 3

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[Quarrel, Quarrelsome], [Trouble, Troublesome] [Tire, ________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words. 

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Tiresome
EDDIE SAYS
Fab effort! The second word in each group has had the letters 'some' added to the end. I hope these questions are not getting a little tiresome for you! After all, you are doing some aweSOME work!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Passage, Passages], [Difference, Differences], [Collection, ___________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Collections
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each pair of words has had the letter 's' added to the end of it. Did you know that each word in the group has become a plural of the first word? Great work!
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

[On, Once], [Pen, Pence], [Flee, ______ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Fleece
EDDIE SAYS
Short and sweet! The second word in each group has had the letters 'ce' added to the end of it. Have you come across the word fleece before? It is the woolly coat of a sheep or a goat. If you're not sure about the meaning of any words in these worksheets, you can always look them up in a dictionary and maybe keep a note of some of the new words so that you can remember them.
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[Vanish, Vanished], [Yell, Yelled], [Shorten, _________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Shortened
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? The second word in each group of words has had the letters 'ed' added to the end of it! Ready for another one?
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

[Puppet, Puppetry], [Chemist, Chemistry], [Wizard, ________ ]

 

scientist

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.  

CORRECT ANSWER
Wizardry
EDDIE SAYS
Hocus pocus! The second word in each group has had the letters 'ry' added to the end of it. You may well have come across this word before, especially if you are a Harry Potter fan - remember that Hogwarts is a school of witchcraft and wizardry!
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[Polite, Politeness], [Quiet, Quietness], [Pleasant, ____________ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pleasantness
EDDIE SAYS
A looooong word this time! The letters 'ness' have been added to the second word in each group. Awesome!
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Slipper, Slippery], [Hand, Handy], [Wear, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Weary
EDDIE SAYS
The letter 'y' has been added to the end of the second word in each group. This one was a bit more tricky since the words wear and weary sound completely different to each other - did it catch you out? Only one more question to go!
  • Question 10

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[Art, Artery], [Station, Stationery], [Confection, _____________ ]

 

paint

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Confectionery
EDDIE SAYS
The letters 'ery' have been added to the end of the second word in each group. Are there any words in this question that you are not sure of their meaning? Remember to look them up in a dictionary and make a note of them to help you to remember them. Whoopee, you've now completed this activity!
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