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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.

'Apply 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!

 

Can you spot which word from the set of brackets would best finish this sentence??

Oven is to cook as refrigerator is to (store, chill, food).

 

First, we have to work out how the word oven is connected to the word cook. We cook in an oven, so we need to find a word which is something that we use a refrigerator for.

 

The correct answer is chill as we chill food in a refrigerator.

 


 

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:

Rest is to (relax, energy, exercise) as fit is to (exhausted, athletic, training).

 

First, we need to find a connection between rest and one of the words in brackets. We can connect rest to relax as they have similar meanings. These are called synonyms.

 

This means we need to find an synonym for fit, which is athletic.

 

The correct answers are relax and athletic as they are both synonyms of the words that come before them.

 

      


 

Let’s try another:

Grape is to (vine, fruit, sweet) as raspberry is to (tree, bush, red).

 

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

 

Vine is connected to grape as grapes grow on vines. Also fruit is connected to grape as a grape is a type of fruit.

 

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

 

With raspberries, they grow on a bush.

 

We have found the connection!

It’s the name given to the plants the fruits grow on. 

 

   

 

 

Now it’s your turn.

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. 

 

Aid is to assist as devote is to (dream, dedicate, admire).

Dream

Dedicate

Admire

Type your answers into the boxes below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Sturdy is to (flimsy, bridge, strong) as secure is to (worried, loose, open).

Dream

Dedicate

Admire

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

 

Soldier is to army as athlete is to (sport, fitness, team).

 

Dream

Dedicate

Admire

Select the two correct options below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Police officer is to (car, station, crime) as doctor is to (nurse, illness, medicine).  

Dream

Dedicate

Admire

Underline the correct answer from the options below. 

 

Sounds is to noises as looks is to (familiar, recognise, appearance).  

Familiar, Recognise, Appearance

Type the correct answers into the blank boxes below. 

 

Hasty is to (wasteful, brisk, dawdle) as immediate is to (patience, instant, upcoming).

Familiar, Recognise, Appearance

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

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

 

Bunch is to (bouquet, solitary, grapes) as punnet is to (apples, collection, strawberries).

 

Familiar, Recognise, Appearance

Select the correct connection below.

 

Clean is to hygienic as offend is to ______.

 

 RuinAmuseDispleaseContact
Clean is to hygienic as offend is to...

Here's a tricky one to finish with!

Select the correct connections for each sentence.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Guarantee is to (satisfy, assurance, uncertainty) as reliable is to (friendship, untrustworthy, enemy).

 RuinAmuseDispleaseContact
Clean is to hygienic as offend is to...

Underline the correct answer from the options below. 

 

Forbid is to allow as employ is to (pay, fire, order).

Pay, Fire, Order
  • Question 1

Select the correct connection from the options below. 

 

Aid is to assist as devote is to (dream, dedicate, admire).

CORRECT ANSWER
Dedicate
EDDIE SAYS
Someone who helps you aids and assists you, so we have a pair of synonyms as our connection.
Think about anything you are devoted to - perhaps a club or team or activity - it is something you are dedicated to and would not give up!
  • Question 2

Type your answers into the boxes below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Sturdy is to (flimsy, bridge, strong) as secure is to (worried, loose, open).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A bridge is a good example of something that is sturdy - so what does that mean? It tells us that it is strong and reliable. There doesn't seem to be a good example of something secure in the second set of brackets, so bridge can't be the connection, but this gives us a better idea of what we might be looking for.
Something flimsy is definitely not strong and sturdy so we can pick out an antonym pair. Is there an antonym for secure to complete it? Yes - something insecure, can be described as loose.
  • Question 3

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

 

Soldier is to army as athlete is to (sport, fitness, team).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Here we go, word detective!
A soldier is in the army so we need to think about what we would say an athlete is in, from the words in the brackets. It is a sport, and requires fitness, but we would say they are in a team.
  • Question 4

Select the two correct options below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Police officer is to (car, station, crime) as doctor is to (nurse, illness, medicine).  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
All of the words seem to relate quite closely to either police or doctor, so we need to be very careful with which connection we choose.
We need to think about what their jobs involve - the police work to prevent crime, so what do doctors work to prevent? That would be illness!
  • Question 5

Underline the correct answer from the options below. 

 

Sounds is to noises as looks is to (familiar, recognise, appearance).  

CORRECT ANSWER
Familiar, Recognise, Appearance
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot that sounds and noises makes a synonym pair? Good work, word detective, so we need a synonym for looks.
If you talk about someone's looks, what do you mean? It is what they look like - which is the same as saying their appearance!
  • Question 6

Type the correct answers into the blank boxes below. 

 

Hasty is to (wasteful, brisk, dawdle) as immediate is to (patience, instant, upcoming).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Someone who acts hastily acts quickly. We can spot a synonym and antonym pair here - brisk means quickly, whereas dawdle means someone is being very slow.
Let's check the second set of brackets to see if there is a synonym or antonym for immediate. Yes there is - something that happens immediately happens instantly.
  • Question 7

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

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

 

Bunch is to (bouquet, solitary, grapes) as punnet is to (apples, collection, strawberries).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Bunch and punnet are both ways of saying a group of something, and we need to work out what! You can have a bunch of flowers - but don't let this trick you into choosing bouquet, because we wouldn't say a bunch of bouquets!
When you buy grapes on their vines, they are known as a bunch, while a group of strawberries is put into a little tub or basket called a punnet, so we call them a punnet of strawberries.
  • Question 8

Select the correct connection below.

 

Clean is to hygienic as offend is to ______.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 RuinAmuseDispleaseContact
Clean is to hygienic as offend is to...
EDDIE SAYS
A hygienic place is a clean place. People always worry about food and kitchen hygiene because it's so important that these places are clean! So we must be looking for a synonym for offend. This makes someone feel bad about something, and certainly not pleased, so this points us to our antonym displeased.
  • Question 9

Here's a tricky one to finish with!

Select the correct connections for each sentence.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Guarantee is to (satisfy, assurance, uncertainty) as reliable is to (friendship, untrustworthy, enemy).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
While we can spot a synonym pair with guarantee and assurance, there doesn't seem to be a synonym for reliable in the second set of brackets, so this can't work as the connection.
There is an antonym pair though! Something guaranteed should definitely not be uncertain, and we wouldn't consider a reliable friend as untrustworthy.
We have spotted our opposites!
  • Question 10

Underline the correct answer from the options below. 

 

Forbid is to allow as employ is to (pay, fire, order).

CORRECT ANSWER
Pay, Fire, Order
EDDIE SAYS
Something that is forbidden is absolutely not allowed to happen! So can you spot that that allow is its antonym?
So, we need to work out what the opposite of employ is. This is when someone is given a job. So if the boss didn't want a person to work for them anymore, they would fire them!
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