Apply the Connection to Complete the Sentence

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

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Connections

Difficulty level:

QUESTION 1 of 10

Greetings word detective!

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

Book is to read as television is to (send, watch, finish).

First, we have to work out how the word book is connected to the word read. We read a book, so we need to find a word which is something that we do with a television.

The correct answer is watch as it is something we do with a television.

Now, let’s make it more challenging.?

We must pick one word from each set of brackets that can be connected to the word in front of it in the same way. Let’s look at this question:

Fast is to (evil, slow, climb) as bad is to (good, weak, awful).

First, we need to find a connection between fast and one of the words in brackets. We can connect fast to slow as they have opposite meanings. These are called antonyms.

This means we need to find an antonym for bad, which is good.

The correct answers are slow and good as they are both antonyms of the words that come before them.

Fast is to (evil, slow, climb) as bad is to (good, weak, awful).

Let’s try another:

Tennis is to (play, racquet, paper) as cricket is to (bat, stick, running).

First, we need to find a connection between tennis and one of the words in brackets.

Play is connected to tennis as we play tennis. Also, racquet is connected to tennis as we hit the ball with a racquet.

We need to see if one of these connections can be made with cricket and the words in brackets that are linked to it.

In cricket, the ball is hit with a bat.

We have found the connection! It’s the equipment used to hit the ball in these sports.

Tennis is to (play, racquet, paper) as cricket is to (bat, stick, running).

Remember to find those connections!

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

Select the correct connection from the options below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

Question is to (enquire, unknown, knowledge) as answer is to (talk, help, respond).

Enquire

Unknown

Knowledge

Talk

Help

Respond

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

Early is to (morning, awake, before) as late is to (after, lost, hour).

Morning, Awake, Before, After, Lost, Hour

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

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

Ten is to (count, number, decade) as hundred is to (years, century, time).

Morning, Awake, Before, After, Lost, Hour

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets.

Separate is to (piece, together, destroy) as alone is to (lonely, team, upset).

Piece

Together

Destroy

Lonely

Team

Upset

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets. ​

Possess is to (own, want, request) as desire is to (forget, dislike, want).

Piece

Together

Destroy

Lonely

Team

Upset

Bone is to fracture as muscle is to (break, strength, strain).

Break, Strength, Strain

Choose one word from each set of brackets to make the connection.

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

King is to (reign, admire, queen) as servant is to (disappointed, obey, tired).

Break, Strength, Strain

Select the correct connection below.

Rural is to urban as ocean is to ______.

 Waves Sea Land Dry Rural is to urban as ocean is to...

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

Map is to (guide, key, travel) as recipe is to (kitchen, cooking, shopping).

Guide, Travel, Key, Kitchen, Cooking, Shopping

Underline the correct answers from the options below. Take one word from each set of brackets.

String is to (tie, violin, instrument) as key is to (tune, grand, piano).

Tie, Violin, Instrument, Tune, Grand, Piano
• Question 1

Select the correct connection from the options below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

Question is to (enquire, unknown, knowledge) as answer is to (talk, help, respond).

Enquire
Respond
EDDIE SAYS
Question only has a connection with enquire - they mean the same so we must be looking for a synonym pair in our second set of brackets too!
If someone answers when you ask something, they respond - even though they probably do talk and help, these aren't close synonyms like respond is!
• Question 2

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

Early is to (morning, awake, before) as late is to (after, lost, hour).

Morning, Awake, Before, After, Lost, Hour
EDDIE SAYS
Don't get distracted by words that you might relate to being early, but don't really link here!
Morning could be early in the day, or it could be 11am, when lots of people are up and about. Also you might be awake early, or you might be awake in the evening, so there's no definite connection. So early links with before - if you are early, you arrive before you need to.
This means late must be connected to after - you arrive after you're meant to!
• Question 3

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

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

Ten is to (count, number, decade) as hundred is to (years, century, time).

EDDIE SAYS
Can you detect that the correct answers are ways of saying how many years you are talking about? A decade is 10 years and a century is 100 years.
Did you know that the prefixes are really useful here? - dec means 10 and cent means 100.
• Question 4

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets.

Separate is to (piece, together, destroy) as alone is to (lonely, team, upset).

Together
Team
EDDIE SAYS
Remember, word detective, the connection we make needs to share an explanation. None of the words in the first set of brackets seems to mean the same as separate - but do any of them mean the opposite? That would be together!
Now let's see if there's an antonym for alone in the second set of brackets - if you're in a team, you're not alone, so this fits our connection!
• Question 5

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets. ​

Possess is to (own, want, request) as desire is to (forget, dislike, want).

EDDIE SAYS
OK, let's work out our connections!
Your possessions are the things that you own, so possess and own give us a synonym pair. So let's spot the synonym for desire - that would be things that you want.
• Question 6

Bone is to fracture as muscle is to (break, strength, strain).

Break, Strength, Strain
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever broken a bone? You might have been told it was a fracture. So we need a connection that means we have damaged our muscle in some way.
We can't break muscles, and strong muscles are not damaged - what about strain? If you have ever pulled a muscle we can call it a strain.
• Question 7

Choose one word from each set of brackets to make the connection.

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

King is to (reign, admire, queen) as servant is to (disappointed, obey, tired).

EDDIE SAYS
All of the words in the first set of brackets seem to match with a king, so let's see what we can spot in the second set of brackets.
A servant might be disappointed, but they might also be happy with their work! They might be tired, but equally, they might be energetic!
However, there seems to be quite a good connection with the verb 'obey'. They have to follow instructions. So is there a verb which describes what the King does in the first set of brackets? Reign means to rule - so there it is!
• Question 8

Select the correct connection below.

Rural is to urban as ocean is to ______.

 Waves Sea Land Dry Rural is to urban as ocean is to...
EDDIE SAYS
Is where you live rural or urban? This means is it in the countryside or the city?
We can see these are opposites, so we must be looking for an antonym connection. The opposite of ocean would be land!
• Question 9

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

Map is to (guide, key, travel) as recipe is to (kitchen, cooking, shopping).

Guide, Travel, Key, Kitchen, Cooking, Shopping
EDDIE SAYS
Let's get connecting!
Think about when a map would be useful - that is when you are travelling. So what about a recipe? That would be when you are cooking.
Be careful of kitchen - yes we would use a recipe IN the kitchen, but our connection is WHEN.
• Question 10

Underline the correct answers from the options below. Take one word from each set of brackets.

String is to (tie, violin, instrument) as key is to (tune, grand, piano).

Tie, Violin, Instrument, Tune, Grand, Piano
EDDIE SAYS
There is certainly a musical connection here - so can we spot it?
To make a sound with a violin, you use the strings - so we need to spot how we make a sound on a piano. That would be with the keys!
Time for another one, detective!
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