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Add Two Letters to Make a Word Using Clues

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing letters in a word. They will be given a clue to help them. It will develop students’ vocabulary, problem solving and spelling skills.

'Add Two Letters to Make a Word Using Clues' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Partial Word

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi, word detective!

Our letter thief has been at it again!

 

The thief has stolen two letters from a word but they have left a clue behind to help us figure out what the word is.

 

The clue is a synonym, which is a word with a very similar meaning.

 

Let’s have a look at the partial word:

 

Synonym Partial Word
halt ST__

 

 

The word has had two of its letters removed.

What could these letters be?

 

policeman

 

The stolen letters are OP and the word is STOP.

 

 

 

Here is another word with missing letters:

FO _ _

 

This time the thief has left behind a different kind of clue:

 

Clue Partial Word
Something you eat FO__

 

 

What could the missing letters be?

 

 

The missing letters are OD and the word is FOOD.

 

 

 

In this activity, you will be a word detective and work out the missing letters in a partial word.

 

The thief has left you a clue or a synonym for each word; this will help you to work out what the word is.

 

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

You can use a thesaurus to help you if you get stuck.

 

Good luck locating those missing letters!

Here is part of a word:

 

CR__M

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can dip strawberries in this for a delicious, milky dessert

 

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

Here is part of a word:

 

C__CH

 

It has had two of its letters taken away. 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You normally go for school trips on this type of bus

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

Here is part of a word:

 

BE__N

 

It has had two of its letters taken away. 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Start

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

Here is part of a word:

 

B__NG

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Take

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

Here is part of a word:

 

M__EY

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You use this to buy things

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

Here is part of a word:

 

MO__H

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you.

This is underneath your nose

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

Here is part of a word:

 

CLO__

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Nearby

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

Here is part of a word:

 

TI__D

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Sleepy

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

Here is part of a word:

 

L__Y

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Woman

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

Here is part of a word:

 

L__GE

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Massive

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

CR__M

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can dip strawberries in this for a delicious, milky dessert

 

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
EA
EDDIE SAYS
What can we dip strawberries into to make a popular dessert? It's cream, of course! If we add the missing letters EA into the gap, we can create the word CREAM. Remember that the letters go where the lines or dashes are, so here they go after the CR and before the M. Strawberries and cream, yes please!
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

C__CH

 

It has had two of its letters taken away. 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You normally go for school trips on this type of bus

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
OA
EDDIE SAYS
This time we are looking for a word which means a type of bus, and starts with a C - any ideas? We can add the letters OA to create the word COACH. After all, you don't go on school trips on a COUCH, do you? This word is a homonym which it can have more than one meaning. Can you think of another clue which could accompany this word? How about something like: 'The person in charge of a sports team'?
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

BE__N

 

It has had two of its letters taken away. 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Start

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
GI
EDDIE SAYS
Which word has a similar meaning to 'start' and starts with the letters BE-? There are a lot of 'starts' in that question! The missing letters are GI, which can be added to create the word BEGIN. Now, let's BEGIN the next question...
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

B__NG

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Take

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
RI
EDDIE SAYS
Can you think of a word which has a similar meaning to 'take' which starts with a B? If you are finding this tricky, then try to put the synonym in a sentence, then see which other words could also work. I will take a present to Mohamed's party. -> Which would could replace 'take'? The missing letters are RI and the word is BRING. A word such as BEING could be created using different letters, but would not fit this clue.
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

M__EY

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You use this to buy things

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
ON
EDDIE SAYS
What do we use to buy things? The missing letters are ON and the word is MONEY, because this is what we use to buy things. Always double-check that the answer which immediately comes into your mind, also fits with the clue.
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

MO__H

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you.

This is underneath your nose

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
UT
EDDIE SAYS
What is underneath your nose? Your mouth, of course! The missing letters UT are part of the word MOUTH. There are other options we could create, such as MOOCH and MONTH, but these cannot be found on our faces!
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

CLO__

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Nearby

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
SE
EDDIE SAYS
Let's use a sentence to help us: My best friend's house is NEARBY. Now switch the word NEARBY for an alternative of your choice. The missing letters are SE and the word is CLOSE. A word such as CLOWN wouldn't match this clue. Guess what?! You've completed all the challenges in this activity - case closed, detective!
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

TI__D

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Sleepy

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
RE
EDDIE SAYS
Which word means the same as 'sleepy' which begins with a T? The missing letters RE are part of the word TIRED. A word such as TILED could be created but would not make sense. Remember, we are NOT looking for any old suspect which works detective, we are looking for the real culprit!
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

L__Y

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Woman

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
AD
EDDIE SAYS
Which word means the same as 'woman' and starts with an L? The missing letters AD are part of the word LADY. Only one challenge to go wordsmith! Let's see what it is...
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

L__GE

 

It has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Massive

 

Type the two letters which have been removed from this starting word into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
AR
EDDIE SAYS
Can you think of a word with a similar meaning to 'massive' which starts with an L? The missing letters AR are part of the word LARGE. A word such as LEDGE could be created using different letters, but would not fit this clue.
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