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Add Three 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.

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

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Partial Word

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Hi, word detective!

Our letter thief has been at it again!


The thief has stolen three 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
look ST___


The word has had three of its letters removed.

What could these letters be?



The stolen letters are ARE and the word is STARE.




Here is another word with missing letters:

PORRI_ _ _


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


Clue Partial Word
A dish commonly served for breakfast PORRI___


What could the missing letters be?



The missing letters are DGE and the word is PORRIDGE!


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.


edplace 11+ detective

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!

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