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Analyse Word Categories to Switch Pairs

In this worksheet, students will find two words in a jumbled sentence which need to be swapped for the sentence to make sense.

'Analyse Word Categories to Switch Pairs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Jumbled Sentences

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Ready for your next challenge word detective?  

Some word trickster has been up to no good again, but this time they’ve been moving words!

 

In the sentence below someone has sneakily swapped two of the words around so that it doesn’t make sense anymore!

 

Look at the jumbled sentence below:

There were field cows grazing in the seven.

 

Can you work out which two words do not fit in with the sentence and have been swapped around?

 

Field and seven should be swapped for the sentence to make sense.

This would give us:

There were seven cows grazing in the field.

The sentence sounds much better now that the words have been swapped!

 a cow

Now it’s your turn to track down the two words that have been sneakily swapped.

Good luck!

 

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

First, read the sentence slowly and think about the topic of the sentence.

Then, think about which two words don’t quite fit in their place.

If you are finding it tricky,  it might help to write the sentence out on a sheet of paper after you have corrected it, so you can check the new sentence makes sense.

Welcome to the first question, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

a building path led to the main narrow

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Ready for another one?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

vast numbers of park strolled through the people

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

our house blanketed was in lots of snow

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

the creature curious at me through peered eyes

A leopard's eyes

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

You're halfway through this activity already, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

an enormous chocolate entrance sat beside the fountain 

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

the gleefully baby played little with her toys

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

Sandy strolled across her playground with the friends

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

a crowd of gathered people at the concert

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

I shall hunt with treasure for this map

A treasure map

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

And here you are, at the final question!

Look at this sentence:

 

the twigs was concealed by box and leaves

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

  • Question 1

Welcome to the first question, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

a building path led to the main narrow

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
A narrow path led to the main building.
EDDIE SAYS
The words building and narrow have swapped places. Did you spot that? If you are finding this tricky, try writing down all the possible combinations until you find one that makes sense. You must remember your capital letter and full stop in these questions to be marked as correct. Accurate punctuation is a really important part of un-jumbling sentences!
  • Question 2

Ready for another one?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

vast numbers of park strolled through the people

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Vast numbers of people strolled through the park.
EDDIE SAYS
The words people and park have swapped places. Are you getting the hang of this now? Remember that you can always write down the different combinations and test them out until you find the correct one.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

our house blanketed was in lots of snow

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Our house was blanketed in lots of snow.
EDDIE SAYS
The words blanketed and was have been swapped. Don't stop now - you're doing really well!
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

the creature curious at me through peered eyes

A leopard's eyes

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The creature peered at me through curious eyes.
EDDIE SAYS
The words peered and curious have swapped places. On to the next one ...
  • Question 5

You're halfway through this activity already, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

an enormous chocolate entrance sat beside the fountain 

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
An enormous chocolate fountain sat beside the entrance.
EDDIE SAYS
The words fountain and entrance have swapped places. Does this make you feel hungry? It certainly has made my stomach rumble!
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

the gleefully baby played little with her toys

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The little baby played gleefully with her toys.
EDDIE SAYS
The words gleefully and little have swapped places. Now that the sentences are getting longer, be very careful with the spelling of the words and also make sure that you only put in one space between them or your answer could be marked as incorrect!
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

Sandy strolled across her playground with the friends

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Sandy strolled across the playground with her friends.
EDDIE SAYS
The words her and the have swapped places. The original sentence seemed to suggest that Sandy actually owned the playground!
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

a crowd of gathered people at the concert

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
A crowd of people gathered at the concert.
EDDIE SAYS
The words gathered and people have swapped places. Nearly there word detective!
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

I shall hunt with treasure for this map

A treasure map

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
I shall hunt for treasure with this map.
EDDIE SAYS
The words for and with have swapped places. Did you spot this one, word searcher? Some of them are getting quite tricky, aren't they?
  • Question 10

And here you are, at the final question!

Look at this sentence:

 

the twigs was concealed by box and leaves

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The box was concealed by twigs and leaves.
EDDIE SAYS
The words box and twigs have swapped places. This was a hard one! If you get a tricky one like this, it is worth looking at the verb to see if it agrees with the subject of the sentence - in the original sentence the word was came with the word twigs. This must be wrong since twigs are plural and therefore would need the accompanying verb were not was!
You've completed this activity, word detective. Well done!
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