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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!

Here's another exciting worksheet for you, letter switcher!

 

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

 

HEALTH        EVER

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H

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

 

HEARD         PLAN

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D

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

 

BREATHE   STRIP

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B

Last question!

 

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

 

LICE   LOVE

 

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E

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

 

WREAK  FEED

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K

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

 

BROUGHT  STEAK

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

 

SPACE  TICK

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

 

MEAN  FAST

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N

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

 

YOUR   EARN

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R

Nearly there, letter inserter!

 

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

 

RELATION  INSET

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  • Question 1

Here's another exciting worksheet for you, letter switcher!

 

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

 

HEALTH        EVER

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
L is the correct letter here. Removing L from HEALTH makes HEATH and adding an L to EVER makes LEVER. Did you get that one?
  • Question 2

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

 

HEARD         PLAN

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
E, A, R and D could be removed. The only letter that will work with PLAN is E to make PLANE. Remember to take it through one letter at a time until you get two real words.
  • Question 3

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

 

BREATHE   STRIP

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
E is the correct letter here. Removing an E from the end of BREATHE makes BREATH and adding an E to STRIP makes STRIPE.
  • Question 4

Last question!

 

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

 

LICE   LOVE

 

CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
You could move L or C here. C is the correct letter, leaving LIE on one side and CLOVE on the other. Well done - another activity completed, letter switcher!
  • Question 5

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

 

WREAK  FEED

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the R makes WEAK and adding it to FEED makes FREED.
  • Question 6

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

 

BROUGHT  STEAK

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the R leaves us with BOUGHT and if we add it to STEAK, we can make STREAK. You're already halfway through this worksheet. Great work!
  • Question 7

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

 

SPACE  TICK

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the S leaves us with PACE and adding it to TICK gives us STICK.
  • Question 8

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

 

MEAN  FAST

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the E leaves us with MAN and adding it to FAST can make FEAST. It's a funny one this - did you spot that the word fast (which means not eating for a period of time) is almost the opposite of feast (where you eat an enormous amount of food)?
  • Question 9

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

 

YOUR   EARN

CORRECT ANSWER
Y
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the Y to make OUR allows us to then make YEARN. If you're not sure what this means, make a note of the word and look it up in a dictionary - the word detective's most helpful tool.
  • Question 10

Nearly there, letter inserter!

 

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

 

RELATION  INSET

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the R leaves us with ELATION and if we add it to INSET, it makes INSERT. Do you know the word elation? It describes a feeling of great joy such as you might feel when you've completed this worksheet - or, more likely, at the very start of the long summer holidays!
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