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Find the Missing Word Using Complex Patterns

In this worksheet, students will add and remove prefixes and suffixes at the same time to find a missing word. It will develop their problem solving and sequencing skills.

'Find the Missing Word Using Complex Patterns' 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 together now. 

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.

 

So the complete set of words would be:

eat, eating          look, looking          fish, fishing

 

Young boy fishing

 

 

 

Let’s investigate another example now. 

 

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.

 

Cartoon 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!

Are you ready for a challenge now, word detective?

 

Here are two groups of words:

 

[unrolled, roll]

[unhooked, ____ ]

 

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are two new pairs of words:

 

[mistakes, take]

[misplaces, ____ ]

   

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.

Consider these new words:

 

[appear, disappears]

[like, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

Here is another dastardly word duo to explore: 

 

[mind, reminded]

[turn, ____ ]

 

girl thinking

 

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

 

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

Halfway there already, word detective!

 

Here are a duo of new suspects to investigate: 

 

[unbreakable, break]

[unsuitable, ____ ]

 

 

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

 

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

Review the words below: 

 

[lay, delaying]

[part, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

Here are two new word pairs: 

 

[misplaces, place]

[mislays, ____ ]

 

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 some new challenge words:

 

[print, imprinted]

[pose, ____ ]

 

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here's your penultimate pairing: 

 

[becomes, come]

[belittles, ____ ]

 

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.

Final question!

 

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[plant, replanted]

[treat, ____ ]

 

baby tree

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

Are you ready for a challenge now, word detective?

 

Here are two groups of words:

 

[unrolled, roll]

[unhooked, ____ ]

 

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Hook
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each pair has had BOTH the prefix un- AND the suffix -ed removed. So letters from both the beginning and end of the word have been removed at the same time! These changes have converted our starting words to the opposite meaning and into the present (rather than the past) tense. Did you spot that double-removal, word detective?
  • Question 2

Here are two new pairs of words:

 

[mistakes, take]

[misplaces, ____ ]

   

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
Place
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the prefix mis- removed from the start and the letter s removed from the end. This has made the second word quite a lot shorter than the first one! It is harder to spot when things happen at both ends of the word, but you can always write down each letter change as you find it to help you get it straight in your head.
  • Question 3

Consider these new words:

 

[appear, disappears]

[like, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Dislikes
EDDIE SAYS
Our word has got longer this time! The second word in each group has had the prefix dis- added at the start and the letter -s added at the end. When added to a word, the prefix 'dis' has a negative effect and reverses the meaning of the root word - so the word 'dislikes' is the opposite of the word 'likes'. Does that make sense?
  • Question 4

Here is another dastardly word duo to explore: 

 

[mind, reminded]

[turn, ____ ]

 

girl thinking

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Returned
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on here? The second word in each pair has had the prefix re- and the suffix -ed added to make it a longer word. The prefix 're' means again or back, so the word 'returned' means turned again or turned back.
  • Question 5

Halfway there already, word detective!

 

Here are a duo of new suspects to investigate: 

 

[unbreakable, break]

[unsuitable, ____ ]

 

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Suit
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the prefix un- and the suffix -able taken away to make the word quite a bit shorter. This has had the effect of creating an opposite meaning, plus removing the sense of being capable of, to leave us with the verb on its own. You're halfway through these mysteries already detective, great job!
  • Question 6

Review the words below: 

 

[lay, delaying]

[part, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Departing
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the prefix de- and the suffix -ing added to make the starting word much longer. Remember, you can keep a word bank of any new words you learn in this activity after you look up their meanings in a dictionary. The best detectives know when to use tools to help them crack a case!
  • Question 7

Here are two new word pairs: 

 

[misplaces, place]

[mislays, ____ ]

 

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
Lay
EDDIE SAYS
This one was another letter subtraction situation. The second word in each group has had the prefix mis- and the letter -s removed to make a shorter word. The prefix 'mis' suggests that something has been done in error - in other words, by MIStake! So, if you 'misplace' something, you have put it in a strange place so that you can't find it!
  • Question 8

Here are some new challenge words:

 

[print, imprinted]

[pose, ____ ]

 

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Imposed
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this one detective? The second word in each group has had the prefix im- and the suffix -ed added to make a longer word. Be careful here with adding the -ed ending, as our starting word in the second group has an 'e' at the end. So, in this case, we actually need to just add -d not -ed. Well done if you spotted that red herring, trying to catch you out there! A top tip to remember is that the word you create must always make sense and be real. In this case, 'poseed' is not a real word, is it?
  • Question 9

Here's your penultimate pairing: 

 

[becomes, come]

[belittles, ____ ]

 

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
Little
EDDIE SAYS
Got the hang of these yet detective? The prefix be- and the letter -s have been removed from the second word in each group. You've nearly cracked all the cases now detective - just one more remains!
  • Question 10

Final question!

 

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[plant, replanted]

[treat, ____ ]

 

baby tree

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Retreated
EDDIE SAYS
The prefix re- and the suffix -ed have been added to the second word in each group. Remember that the prefix 're' means again, so if you replant something then you plant it again. Three cheers, you've now completed this activity! You can now add and remove prefixes and suffixes at the same time to find a missing word. Great work, word detective!
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