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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 it is the letter that we moved.

 

Let’s try another:

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 it 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! There are other letters we could also remove.

We could remove the l to make bend and 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

D

E

B

L

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

 

L

O

S

C

E

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

 

LINEN    LIVE

I

L

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

N

A

R

I

G

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
E is the correct letter here. Removing an E from BLEED makes BLED and adding an E to PLAN makes PLANE. How did you get on? If you find it 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 - that 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 one 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 it 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
R is the correct letter here. There are several letters that you could remove from GRAIN - the G, R, A and I but the only letter that can make a new word with FIGHT is R - FRIGHT. It's harder when you've got a choice of letters, isn't it - but just work through with each one until you find the one that creates a new 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 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
You could remove T to leave ALES but it can't be added to BEAK so the answer has to be S. This leaves us with TALE on one side and BEAKS on the other. 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
The S leaves HAM on one side and makes STACK or TACKS on the other. 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 options to remove here but only the W will work with HEEL to make WHEEL.
  • 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 P or K are options to remove here but only the P will work with LATE to make PLATE.
  • 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 C leaves us with HOSE and adding it on to HAIR makes CHAIR. Great letter switching!
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