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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:  

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: 

 

the dinosaur uttered his mouth and opened a gigantic roar

 

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 beast was covered in a thick amount of vast fur

 

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:

 

Sinita and their sister rode her bikes along the narrow path

 

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 dense garden was tall with filled plants and stinging nettles

 

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!

Halfway there!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

my family and I went to an excursion on the countryside

 

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 farm was filled with a different variety of wide animals

A group of farmyard animals

 

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 man dimly shone a torch into the curiously lit cave

 

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 construct to planning a gingerbread house with my mum

A gingerbread house

 

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!

Not quite the last question - but nearly!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

her mermaid swished the tail as she swam through the water

 

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!

Here it is - the long-awaited final question of this activity!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

I am further excited to discover quite information about extinct animals

 

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: 

 

the dinosaur uttered his mouth and opened a gigantic roar

 

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 dinosaur opened his mouth and uttered a gigantic roar.
EDDIE SAYS
The words opened and uttered have swapped places. These are both verbs in the past tense but we need to work out what subject each verb relates to - the dinosaur or the roar. Were you OK with this one detective?
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

the beast was covered in a thick amount of vast fur

 

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
The beast was covered in a vast amount of thick fur.
EDDIE SAYS
The words thick and vast have swapped places. Both of these words are adjectives but we need to link them to the nouns they are describing. They could link with the noun beast or the noun phrase 'amount of fur'. Which adjective goes with which do you think?
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

Sinita and their sister rode her bikes along the narrow path

 

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
Sinita and her sister rode their bikes along the narrow path.
EDDIE SAYS
The words her and their have been swapped. Both of these words are pronouns which could technically link to either of the nouns sister or bikes. This was quite a tricky one! Did you spot that the pronoun their couldn't refer to Sinita because she is only one person and the word their is a plural pronoun?
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

the dense garden was tall with filled plants and stinging nettles

 

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 dense garden was filled with tall plants and stinging nettles.
EDDIE SAYS
The words tall and filled have swapped places. Some of these sentence swaps are quite challenging, but remember you can always write down all the possible combinations and test them out to see which one is correct.
  • Question 5

Halfway there!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

my family and I went to an excursion on the countryside

 

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 family and I went on an excursion to the countryside.
EDDIE SAYS
The words to and on have swapped places. To is always used with a place, so what is the place here? Little words again - can be quite tricky!
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

the farm was filled with a different variety of wide animals

A group of farmyard animals

 

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 farm was filled with a wide variety of different animals.
EDDIE SAYS
The words wide and different have swapped places. Both of these words are adjectives, but we need to work out what nouns they are describing. We have a choice of: the farm, a variety and animals. You've so nearly completed this activity, word detective!
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

the man dimly shone a torch into the curiously lit cave

 

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 man curiously shone a torch into the dimly lit cave.
EDDIE SAYS
The words curiously and dimly have swapped places. Both of these words are adverbs which describe the way in which verbs are being carried out. The verbs we can choose between are: shone and lit. Which adverb do you think goes with each verb?
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

I am construct to planning a gingerbread house with my mum

A gingerbread house

 

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 planning to construct a gingerbread house with my mum.
EDDIE SAYS
The words construct and planning have swapped places. These are both verbs, but one is in the infinitive form and one is in the present tense with an -ing ending. We would use this in a sentence such as: I am running late. So we know that the word planning must be next to am/is and a subject. The only possible start to the sentence is therefore: I am planning to...
  • Question 9

Not quite the last question - but nearly!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

her mermaid swished the tail as she swam through the water

 

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 mermaid swished her tail as she swam through the water.
EDDIE SAYS
The words her and the have swapped places. These are both articles but one is general and one indicates possession or ownership. Which of the nouns could be possessed? Mermaid or tail? That's right, it must be 'her tail' leaving us with 'The mermaid...' to start. The last question is coming up now!
  • Question 10

Here it is - the long-awaited final question of this activity!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

I am further excited to discover quite information about extinct animals

 

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 quite excited to discover further information about extinct animals.
EDDIE SAYS
The words further and quite have swapped places.
Both of these words are adverbs which describe how verbs are being carried out. Which adverbs goes best with the verbs - excited and discover? A great achievement, word detective - you have completed this whole activity and un-jumbled 10 sentences!
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