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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 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!

Hello, letter switcher.

Are you ready for a new challenge?

 

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

 

SIMPLY          EVEN

S

I

M

P

L

Y

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

 

CREATE          YARN

 

C

R

E

A

T

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

 

FEAR          LATHER

F

E

A

R

And here's the final question - what already?!

 

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

 

COURSE          PEN

 

C

O

U

R

S

E

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

 

ADDICTION          OVER

A

D

I

C

T

O

N

Halfway there, letter switcher!

 

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

 

FLIGHT          SEEK

 

F

L

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.

 

BRAIN          RIGHT

 

B

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.

 

SLENDER          EATER

S

L

E

N

D

R

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

 

GRAIN          SUN

 

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.

 

WALL          RING

 

W

A

L

L

  • Question 1

Hello, letter switcher.

Are you ready for a new challenge?

 

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

 

SIMPLY          EVEN

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
S is the correct letter here. Removing the letter S from SIMPLY leaves the word IMPLY, and adding S to EVEN makes SEVEN or EVENS. Remember that if you cannot spot a letter to remove immediately, you can take out each letter in turn to see which leaves you with a real word: Remove S -> IMPLY Remove I -> SMPLY Remove M -> SIPLY Remove P -> SIMLY Remove L -> SIMPY Remove Y -> SIMPL If none of these words seem familiar, then you need to make your best guess about which option looks most likely to be a real word. Great detecting skills to get you started!
  • Question 2

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

 

CREATE          YARN

 

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
E is the correct letter here. Removing an E from CREATE makes CRATE, and adding an E to YARN makes YEARN. If you cannot see where your letter can be added in the second word, move it along in a systematic manner, trying it in each position to see which option gives you a real word: EYARN YEARN YAERN YAREN YARNE If you are not familiar with a word, you will need to make your best guess for the word which sounds most likely to be real to you. To YEARN for something means that you are desperate for it. You might yearn for a puppy or kitten, or even for an ice cream on a hot day.
  • Question 3

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

 

FEAR          LATHER

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
We had a couple of options here to choose between, as we could remove either the F or E from the word FEAR to leave a real word behind (namely EAR and FAR). However, we cannot add the letter F into LATHER to create a new word which makes sense. Removing the letter E from FEAR makes FAR, and adding an E to LATHER makes LEATHER. Did you spot that?
  • Question 4

And here's the final question - what already?!

 

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

 

COURSE          PEN

 

CORRECT ANSWER
O
EDDIE SAYS
O is the correct letter here, leaving CURSE on one side and OPEN on the other. How have you got on with this activity - is this making sense to you? Great work, letter switcher! Why not try another activity of this type now that you are on a roll?
  • Question 5

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

 

ADDICTION          OVER

CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
C is the only letter we can remove from ADDITION, which leaves behind a real word which makes sense. Removing a C from ADDICTION makes ADDITION, and adding a C to OVER makes COVER. Sometimes longer words can be easier to work with, even though they look scary, as there are often less options for letters to remove.
  • Question 6

Halfway there, letter switcher!

 

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

 

FLIGHT          SEEK

 

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove the letter F to leave LIGHT, but this letter can't be added to SEEK to create a real word. If we remove the letter L, this leaves us with FIGHT on one side and SLEEK on the other. SLEEK work there, word wizard!
  • Question 7

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

 

BRAIN          RIGHT

 

CORRECT ANSWER
B
EDDIE SAYS
Did your letter switching brain work this one out? We could remove the B or the I from the word BRAIN to leave us with two real words (namely RAIN and BRAN). We cannot add an I into the word RIGHT to create a new word which makes sense. The B will work on both sides though, as it leaves RAIN on the left and makes BRIGHT on the other.
  • Question 8

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

 

SLENDER          EATER

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
We have a couple of options for letters we could remove from SLENDER - S or L. We cannot add the L into EATER to create a new word which makes sense. Removing the S leaves us with the word LENDER, and we can make EATERS or EASTER by adding it into EATER. Nearly there, detective!
  • Question 9

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

 

GRAIN          SUN

 

CORRECT ANSWER
G
EDDIE SAYS
The letters G, R, A or I are all options to remove here. However, only the G can be added to the word SUN to create a new word which makes sense - SUNG.
  • Question 10

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

 

WALL          RING

 

CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the letter W leaves us with ALL on the right, and adding it to RING makes WRING. This may have been tricky to spot as the 'W' of WRING is a silent letter, so we say it in exactly the same way as RING. To WRING means squeezing the water out of clothes. Did you already know that word?
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