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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!

Are you excited at the thought of another delicious activity, letter switcher?

 

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

 

MOVED          RIVER

 

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.

 

POINT          MEN

 

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.

 

RAVEN          MOTH

 

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.

 

CROW          ADDITION

 

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.

You're at the halfway mark already, letter mover!

 

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

 

PANT          RESENT

 

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.

 

YOUR          BUS

 

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.

 

Getting there, word switcher!

 

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

 

STAND          ROUGH

 

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.

 

FEVER          LIGHT

 

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.

 

SMOOTH          ILL

 

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 - can you believe we are here already!

 

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

 

CLUB          SIGHT

 

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

Are you excited at the thought of another delicious activity, letter switcher?

 

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

 

MOVED          RIVER

 

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
Move Driver
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to leave only one space between the words in your answer and to write them in the same order? We can only remove one letter from the first word so that we are left with a real word afterwards - if we remove D, we are left with MOVE. If we add the D into the word RIVER at the start, we can create the new word DRIVER. How did you get on with this first case, detective?
  • Question 2

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

 

POINT          MEN

 

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
Pint Omen
EDDIE SAYS
Again we only have one choice of letters to remove from POINT here. We can remove the O to leave behind the word PINT. If we add this letter to the word MEN, we get the new, spooky word OMEN. Do you know what an OMEN is? If not, then look up this word in your trusty dictionary now. Remember, it's a word detective's top tool for helping to crack cases!
  • Question 3

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

 

RAVEN          MOTH

 

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
Rave Month
EDDIE SAYS
N is the only letter we can remove here, making the new word pair RAVE and MONTH. Did you remember to type those words in the correct order, and with only one space between them?
  • Question 4

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

 

CROW          ADDITION

 

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
Row Addiction
EDDIE SAYS
C is the only letter that works here, making the new word pair of ROW and ADDICTION. How are you doing so far, detective?
  • Question 5

You're at the halfway mark already, letter mover!

 

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

 

PANT          RESENT

 

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
Ant Present
EDDIE SAYS
The letter P is the only option that works here, making the new double act of ANT and PRESENT. Did you remember to type these words in the correct order and with only one space between them?
  • Question 6

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

 

YOUR          BUS

 

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
Our Busy
EDDIE SAYS
Y is the only letter that works here, making the new pairing of OUR and BUSY. Are you remembering to leave only one space between the words in your answer and to keep them in the same order?
  • Question 7

Getting there, word switcher!

 

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

 

STAND          ROUGH

 

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
Sand Trough
EDDIE SAYS
T is the only letter that works here, making the new words of SAND and TROUGH. You're nearly there, word wizard!
  • Question 8

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

 

FEVER          LIGHT

 

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
Ever Flight
EDDIE SAYS
F is the only letter that works here, making the new words EVER and FLIGHT.
  • Question 9

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

 

SMOOTH          ILL

 

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
Sooth Mill
EDDIE SAYS
M is the only letter that works here, making the new words SOOTH and MILL. You've got only one case left to crack now, detective!
  • Question 10

Your final challenge - can you believe we are here already!

 

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

 

CLUB          SIGHT

 

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
Cub Slight
EDDIE SAYS
L is the only letter that works here, making the new words CUB and SLIGHT. You've reached the end of another activity - well done for all of your excellent letter switching!
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