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Move a Letter From One Word to Another

In this worksheet, students will identify a letter that can be removed from the first word and added into the second word.

'Move a Letter From One Word to Another' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Move a Letter

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Greetings word detective, thank goodness you’re here!

 

We need your expertise in solving the following puzzle.

Can you help us?

 

We need to remove a letter from the first word and insert that same letter into the second word.

We have to make sure we are left with two real words after this.

munch            pat

 

First, we need to find a letter to remove from munch that leaves us with a real word.           

If we remove the n from munch, we are left with the word much.

 

guinea pig munching lettuce

 

Now, we need to fit the letter n into the word pat to make another real word.

 

If we insert the letter n after the second letter in pat, we get the word pant.

 

The answer is the letter n, as this is the letter that we moved.

 

 

 

Let’s try another example now.

 

Which letter can we move from the first word to the second word, to create two new words?

three                 trust

 

First, we need to find a letter to remove from three that leaves us with a real word.

 

If we remove the h from three, we are left with the word tree.

 

apple tree

 

Now, we need to fit the letter h into the word trust to make another real word.

 

If we insert the letter h after the first letter in trust, we get the word thrust.

 

The answer is the letter h, as this is the letter that we moved.
 

 

 

Let’s try one more challenging question together.

 

Which letter can we move from the first word to the second word to create two new words?

blend              tale

 

First, we need to find a letter to remove from the word blend that leaves us with a real word.

 

If we remove the b, we are left with the word lend.

 

Now, this word is a little different as there are other letters we could also remove.

We could remove the l to make bend or the n to make bled.

 

We need to see which of the three letters (b, l or n), we can fit into the word tale to make a real word.

 

The correct answer is b, as we can fit it into tale to make the word table.

 

 

Now, it’s your turn to find letters that can be removed from the first word and added to the second.

 

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

Say each of the newly formed words out loud, this will help you to recognise which ones are real words.

 

Good luck letter switcher!

Welcome to a new activity, letter switcher!

 

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

BLEED          PLAN

B

L

E

D

Let's try another one.

 

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

CLOSE          LIMB

 

C

L

O

S

E

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

LINEN          LIVE

L

I

E

N

And finally... mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

GRAIN          FIGHT

G

R

A

I

N

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

KNIGHT          TEA

 

K

N

I

G

H

T

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

TALES          BEAK

T

A

L

E

S

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

SHAM          TACK

S

H

A

M

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

WASH          HEEL

W

A

S

H

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

PLANK          LATE

P

L

A

N

K

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

CHOSE          HAIR

C

H

O

S

E

  • Question 1

Welcome to a new activity, letter switcher!

 

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

BLEED          PLAN

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this first challenge? If you find this hard, try removing each letter one at a time until you find the right one: If we remove the B - we get LEED, which is not a word. Remove L - we get BEED, which is not a word. Remove E- we get BLED, which is a word! Does it make a word when we add it to PLAN? Yes, it does - it makes PLANE. So E is the correct letter!
  • Question 2

Let's try another one.

 

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

CLOSE          LIMB

 

CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
C is the correct letter here. Removing C from CLOSE makes LOSE and adding C to LIMB makes CLIMB. It's the only option that works!
  • Question 3

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

LINEN          LIVE

CORRECT ANSWER
N
EDDIE SAYS
N is the correct letter here. Removing an N from LINEN makes LINE, and adding an N to LIVE makes LIVEN. Are you getting the hang of this now, letter switcher?
  • Question 4

And finally... mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

GRAIN          FIGHT

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
There are several letters that we could remove from GRAIN - the G, R, A and I could all be removed to leave words behind (namely RAIN, GAIN, GRIN and GRAN). However, the only letter that we can use to make a new word with FIGHT is R, to give us FRIGHT. It's harder when you've got a choice of letters, isn't it? But just work through with each, until you find the one that creates a new word in the second word. Fantastic letter switching!
  • Question 5

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

KNIGHT          TEA

 

CORRECT ANSWER
K
EDDIE SAYS
K is the correct letter here. Removing the K from KNIGHT makes NIGHT, and adding K to TEA makes TEAK. Have you heard of the word TEAK before? It is a type of wood that comes from a tropical tree and is used to make expensive furniture.
  • Question 6

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

TALES          BEAK

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove the T to leave ALES, but this letter can't be added to BEAK to create a new, real word. If we remove the S, this leaves us with TALE on one side and BEAKS on the other. An S on the end is always a good letter to try first, as it's a good shortcut to make a noun single from a plural or vice versa. You're halfway through already, word detective!
  • Question 7

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

SHAM          TACK

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the letter S leaves HAM on one side, and makes STACK or TACKS on the other. Another example of using a letter S to make a quick plural here. You've created a STACK of HAM - yummy!
  • Question 8

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

WASH          HEEL

CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
The W or H are both options to remove here so we are left with the word ASH or WAS on the left. However, only the W can be added to HEEL to make a new word - WHEEL. Whenever we have more than one possible option, we need to always choose the letter which works in the second word, which is why it's always important to check your answer work in both words.
  • Question 9

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

PLANK          LATE

CORRECT ANSWER
P
EDDIE SAYS
The letters P or K are both possible options to remove here, but only the P can be added to the word LATE to make PLATE. Did you spot that, detective?
  • Question 10

Mark the letter that you can remove from the first word and add to the second word leaving two new words.

 

CHOSE          HAIR

CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the letter C leaves us with HOSE, and adding it on to HAIR makes CHAIR. Great letter switching!
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