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Move Letters Between Words

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

'Move Letters Between 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!

Welcome back, letter inserter!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

MONTH          YEAR

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

NOTHING          TROUGH

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

WOMEN          ASH

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

GAPE          PACE

This is halfway already!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

STORE          SUNG

 

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

GRAPE          EACH

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

PRESENT          SEND

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

SLIGHT          NEW

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BUSY          FEAT

Yes, your final challenge is here, letter switcher!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BRAMBLE          RAVE

  • Question 1

Welcome back, letter inserter!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

MONTH          YEAR

 

CORRECT ANSWER
N
EDDIE SAYS
Firstly, which letters can we remove from the word MONTH which will leave a real word behind? We can only remove the letter N, which leaves us with the word MOTH. Where can we add this letter into the word YEAR? If nothing jumps out at us, we can try it in each position in the word, like this: NYEAR YNEAR YENAR YEANR YEARN Which of these options is a real word? That's correct, it's YEARN! The word YEARN has come up in several activities on EdPlace and is commonly used on the 11+ exam - it's worth finding out what it means if you're not sure about it. Remember to use a dictionary for any new words, as this is the word detective's best tool for cracking cases!
  • Question 2

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

NOTHING          TROUGH

CORRECT ANSWER
H
EDDIE SAYS
Do you know what a TROUGH is? If you can't define it in your own word or use it in a sentence, then look up the meaning in your trusty dictionary. Taking the H from NOTHING leaves us with the word NOTING, and when this is added to TROUGH we can make the word THROUGH. Complicated spellings with those 'gh' words - but practice makes perfect!
  • Question 3

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

WOMEN          ASH

CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the W from the word WOMEN, leaves us with OMEN. If we then add this to ASH, we can make the new word WASH. How are you getting on with these so far, detective? Take care to take your time and not to go for the first option which you spot, as there are many sneaky red herrings to avoid.
  • Question 4

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

GAPE          PACE

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove the letter G from GAPE to make the word APE, or the letter E to make GAP. However, only the letter E can be added into the word PACE to create a viable new word - PEACE.
  • Question 5

This is halfway already!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

STORE          SUNG

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove either the S or T from the word STORE to create the new word TORE or SORE. Only the T can be added into the word SUNG to create a new word though; this word is STUNG. A good pair of words here, since it is very SORE when you get STUNG!
  • Question 6

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

GRAPE          EACH

 

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the R leaves us with the word GAPE on one side and REACH on the other. Great progress so far!
  • Question 7

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

PRESENT          SEND

CORRECT ANSWER
P
EDDIE SAYS
Moving the P leaves RESENT on one side and SPEND on the other. You may have thought that PESENT was a viable word, meaning a labourer or poorer person, but this is not spelt correct as it should be 'peasant'. If you're not sure of the meaning of the word RESENT, get out that dictionary! It is the feeling that you might have if somebody didn't give you a PRESENT on your birthday!
  • Question 8

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

SLIGHT          NEW

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
We could move the S or L from the first word to create the new word LIGHT or SIGHT. Only the S can be used in the second word to create a new, real word. It can be used at the end to create the word NEWS. Nearly there, letter switcher!
  • Question 9

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BUSY          FEAT

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
We could move the S or Y from the first word to leave behind BUY or BUS. Only the S works in the second word though, to make the new words FEATS and FEAST. Quick, on to your last mystery to solve now!
  • Question 10

Yes, your final challenge is here, letter switcher!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BRAMBLE          RAVE

CORRECT ANSWER
B
EDDIE SAYS
Moving the B here gives us the two new words RAMBLE and BRAVE. How did you get on with this activity? Are you finding it is getting easier with practise? Why not try another activity in this group, just to be sure?
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