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Switch Words with Similar Spellings or Meanings

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

'Switch Words with Similar Spellings or Meanings' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Jumbled Sentences

Difficulty level:  

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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.

Look at this sentence:

 

she was glimpse to astonished a dinosaur hiding in the bushes

A T-rex

 

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:

 

Amit and Jason ascended the sunset to view the glorious hill

 

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 letters and a full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

the multi-coloured tree quietly perched on the branch of a bird

 

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:

 

she found the jewel beneath buried a mound of earth

 

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!

At the halfway point already!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

a kitchen bowl of fruit sat on the scrumptious table

 

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 would have delighted to be a slice of banana cake

 

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 am hopeful that the team will win our cricket match

A cricket match at the beach

 

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:

 

my grandfather gave me a tin of full antique 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:

 

the colossal dragon blew enormous of fire from his rings nostrils 

 

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've reached the final question, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

I am eager to see the ancient museum at the artefacts

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

she was glimpse to astonished a dinosaur hiding in the bushes

A T-rex

 

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
She was astonished to glimpse a dinosaur hiding in the bushes.
EDDIE SAYS
The words astonished and glimpse have swapped places. Did you spot that switch, word detective? 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

Look at this sentence:

 

Amit and Jason ascended the sunset to view the glorious hill

 

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 letters and a full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Amit and Jason ascended the hill to view the glorious sunset.
EDDIE SAYS
The words sunset and hill have swapped places. Both of these words are nouns, but which one can we 'ascend'? Ascend means to go up, so this verb is best paired with the word hill.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

the multi-coloured tree quietly perched on the branch of a bird

 

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 multi-coloured bird quietly perched on the branch of a tree.
EDDIE SAYS
The words bird and tree have been swapped. Which noun goes best with the adjective 'multi-coloured'? And which goes best with the accompanying noun 'branch? I rather like the idea of a multi-coloured tree - I wonder if there is such a thing anywhere in the world? Keep going, word detective, you're doing really well.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

she found the jewel beneath buried a mound of earth

 

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
She found the jewel buried beneath a mound of earth.
EDDIE SAYS
The words beneath and buried have swapped places. A bit of a tongue twister here! And on to the next one ..... quickly!
  • Question 5

At the halfway point already!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

a kitchen bowl of fruit sat on the scrumptious table

 

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 scrumptious bowl of fruit sat on the kitchen table.
EDDIE SAYS
The words scrumptious and kitchen have swapped places. What a lovely word scrumptious is - this sentence makes me hungry just reading it!
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

I would have delighted to be a slice of banana cake

 

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 would be delighted to have a slice of banana cake.
EDDIE SAYS
The words have and be have swapped places. Both of these are verbs, but one indicates something that you are whereas the other is something you own or possess. Which word goes where in this sentence? You would be delighted and you would have a slice of cake.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

I am hopeful that the team will win our cricket match

A cricket match at the beach

 

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 hopeful that our team will win the cricket match.
EDDIE SAYS
The words the and our have swapped places. One of these words is general, whilst the other indicates possession or belonging. Are you more likely to belong in a team or a match? That's right, you can belong in a team! Isn't it amazing how two such small words can change the meaning of a sentence? Nearly there, word detective!
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

my grandfather gave me a tin of full antique 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
My grandfather gave me a tin full of antique toys.
EDDIE SAYS
The words of and full have swapped places. Again, it can be these little words that can cause the most problems. How did you get on with this one?
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

the colossal dragon blew enormous of fire from his rings nostrils 

 

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 colossal dragon blew rings of fire from his enormous nostrils.
EDDIE SAYS
The words rings and enormous have swapped places. Only one question to go now!
  • Question 10

You've reached the final question, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

I am eager to see the ancient museum at the artefacts

 

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 eager to see the ancient artefacts at the museum.
EDDIE SAYS
The words artefacts and ancient have swapped places. If you have not come across the word artefacts before, look it up in a dictionary and write the word down in your word bank so that you can extend your vocabulary.
Phew... another activity under your belt, word detective!
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