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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.

Here's a juicy challenge for you to get your teeth into, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

Amir wrapped carefully the present for his brother

 

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:

 

there on crimson and turquoise stripes were the train

 

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 complete to managed my homework on time

 

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:

 

Joe steered his farm across the tractor

A red tractor

 

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!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

I am considering to whether join chess club

 

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 tin contained the large variety of stickers

 

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 door was large behind a concealed bookshelf

 

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 have enter to decided the drawing competition

 

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 helped her sister complete my school project 

 

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 on the final question! 

 

Look at this sentence:

 

the slimy monster lived in a grumpy swamp 

 

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

Here's a juicy challenge for you to get your teeth into, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

Amir wrapped carefully the present for his brother

 

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
Amir carefully wrapped the present for his brother.
EDDIE SAYS
The words wrapped and carefully have swapped places. 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! Good sentence sorting skills!
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

there on crimson and turquoise stripes were the train

 

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
There were crimson and turquoise stripes on the train.
EDDIE SAYS
The words were and on have swapped places. Did you get that one correct?
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

I complete to managed my homework on time

 

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 managed to complete my homework on time.
EDDIE SAYS
The words managed and complete have been swapped. Both of these words are verbs in the past tense, so this may have made them easier to spot. How are you doing for time with this activity? Hopefully, you're finding that you are getting quicker at solving these puzzles.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

Joe steered his farm across the tractor

A red tractor

 

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
Farmer Joe steered his tractor across the farm.
EDDIE SAYS
The words farm and tractor have swapped places. These are both nouns, which makes them easier to spot and try swapping. Always look for the pairs of word categories to provide a quick shortcut to the correct answer. Remember to write down all the possible combinations if you are finding this hard.
  • Question 5

You're halfway through this activity already!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

I am considering to whether join chess club

 

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 am considering whether to join chess club.
EDDIE SAYS
The words whether and to have swapped places. This was tricky to spot because if you read the sentence quickly, your brain may assume the words are in the correct order. If this happened, then be sure to re-ready slowly and split the sentence into its clauses to help you identify the error. Be careful with spelling words that are new to you or your answer might be marked as incorrect!
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

a tin contained the large variety of stickers

 

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 tin contained a large variety of stickers.
EDDIE SAYS
The words the and a have swapped places. The tin in the sentence is a specific tin and so it needs the word the before it, rather than the word a. Both of these words are articles which affect the nature of a noun which accompanies it. Is it specific or general? Is it singular or plural?
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

the door was large behind a concealed bookshelf

 

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 door was concealed behind a large bookshelf.
EDDIE SAYS
The words concealed and large have swapped places. These are both adjectives which are describing a noun. The choice of nouns they could be describing are the bookcase or the door. Consider which adjective makes most sense with each noun. Don't give up, you're nearly finished!
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

I have enter to decided the drawing competition

 

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 have decided to enter the drawing competition.
EDDIE SAYS
The words decided and enter have swapped places. These are both verbs but one (entered) is in the past tense, whilst one is the infinitive (enter). The infinitive means the form of the verb you would find in the dictionary, when it has not been related to a specific person or group. Remember to be very careful with the spelling of your answers so that they are not marked as incorrect!
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

 I helped her sister complete my school project 

 

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 helped my sister complete her school project.
EDDIE SAYS
The words her and my have swapped places. These are both pronouns, which can replace nouns in sentences. Great word detecting! Only one more question to go!
  • Question 10

And here you are on the final question! 

 

Look at this sentence:

 

the slimy monster lived in a grumpy swamp 

 

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 grumpy monster lived in a slimy swamp.
EDDIE SAYS
The words grumpy and slimy have swapped places. What lovely images these words conjure up! Did you know that both of these words are adjectives - why don't you make a note of these words and try to use them in your own written work.
Another activity completed - well done word detective!
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