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Move a Letter Between Complex Words

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 Between Complex Words ' 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! 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!

Ready for another challenge, letter switcher?

 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

PLANET          RUST

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

WHERE          HEEL

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

AISLE          LIVE

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

HEARD          SLEEP

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

RUGBY          BRIDE

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

QUILT          PEAR

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

WHEAT          VENT

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

BOWL          LINK

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

BOAT          HOP

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

Your final challenge is here already!

 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

MEAT          PACE

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

  • Question 1

Ready for another challenge, letter switcher?

 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

PLANET          RUST

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Plane Trust
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to leave only one space between the two words in your answer and to write them in the same order? We could move either the E or T from the first word, to leave behind the words PLANT or PLANE. However, we can only add the letter T into the word RUST, to make the new word TRUST. How did you get on with this first mystery, detective?
  • Question 2

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

WHERE          HEEL

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Here Wheel
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to leave only one space between the two words in your answer and to write your two new words in the correct order? We could move either the W or H from the first word, to leave behind the new word HERE or WERE. However, W is the only letter that works when added to HEEL, to make the new word WHEEL. You're on a roll detective - keep it up!
  • Question 3

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

AISLE          LIVE

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Isle Alive
EDDIE SAYS
A is the only one letter which can be removed from the word AISLE, to leave behind the new word ISLE. Removing any of the other letters will not leave behind a real word which makes sense. If we add this letter A into the word LIVE, we can create the new word ALIVE. If you are not sure of the difference between the words AISLE and ISLE, look them up in a dictionary now. Remember, this is the word detective's most useful tool for cracking cases!
  • Question 4

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

HEARD          SLEEP

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Herd Asleep
EDDIE SAYS
We had lots of choices here, as we could move the A, R, D or E in the first word to leave behind a real, four-letter word. But the letter A is the only one that can be added into SLEEP to make a new word - ASLEEP. Hopefully you are not getting SLEEP-y in this activity so far, you are almost halfway there!
  • Question 5

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

RUGBY          BRIDE

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Ruby Bridge
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to leave only one space between the words in your answer and to write them in the correct order? G is the only letter which we can remove from RUGBY which leaves behind a viable word - RUBY. If we add this into the word BRIDE, we can create the new word BRIDGE. Halfway there already, letter switcher!
  • Question 6

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

QUILT          PEAR

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Quit Pearl
EDDIE SAYS
L is the only letter that can be removed from the word QUILT, which leaves a viable word behind - QUIT. If we add this to the end of the word PEAR, we can create the new word PEARL. Hopefully you typed your words in the correct order and with only one space between them. Don't QUIT now word wizard, you are nearly there!
  • Question 7

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

WHEAT          VENT

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
What Event
EDDIE SAYS
We could choose to remove the W or the E from the first word here. E is the only letter that works with both words, making the new word pair of WHAT and EVENT. Did you type those words in the correct order?
  • Question 8

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

BOWL          LINK

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Owl Blink
EDDIE SAYS
We could move the B or the L here. B is the only letter that works in both words, making the new pair of OWL and BLINK.
  • Question 9

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

BOAT          HOP

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Bat Hoop
EDDIE SAYS
We could move the B, O or T here. O is the only letter that works in both words, making the new pair of BAT and HOOP. On to your final mission now, detective!
  • Question 10

Your final challenge is here already!

 

Move one letter from the first word and add it to the second word.

 

MEAT          PACE

 

Type the two new words you have created in the box below.

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words and write them in the correct order or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Mat Peace
EDDIE SAYS
We could move the M, E or A here. E is the only letter that works for both words, making the new word pair of MAT and PEACE. Do you feel more confident about this letter switching now? If you feel ready, why not try some timed, exam-style practice to really put your new skills to the test?
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