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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! 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 activity 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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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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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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Last mystery to solve now, detective!

 

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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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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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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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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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 activity 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 only letter we can remove from the word HEALTH so that we are left with a real word, which makes sense. Removing L from HEALTH makes HEATH, and adding an L to EVER makes LEVER. Have you heard of the word HEATH before? It means an area of open land that is not used for farming or a particular purpose. If you know what a 'moor' is, then these words have similar meanings. Did you crack this first case, detective?
  • 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
We have several options for letters which can be removed from HEARD - E, A, R and D could all be removed. So we need to work out which of these options can be added into the word PLAN to create a new word, which makes sense. The only letter that will work with PLAN is E, to make the new word PLANE. Remember to try one letter at a time, until you reach 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 only letter we can remove from BREATHE to leave us with a viable word - BREATH. We can add an E to the end of STRIP to make the new word STRIPE. Take a BREATH detective, before your next challenge!
  • Question 4

Last mystery to solve now, detective!

 

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
We could remove the L or C here, to leave us with the words ICE or LIE. However, we cannot add an L into the word LOVE to create a new word which makes sense. So C is the correct answer, as we can add this to LOVE to make the new word CLOVE. Do you know what a CLOVE is? It is a dried flower bud which is used as a spice. 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
Do you know the word WREAK? It means to cause but usually in a negative way, e.g. The storm wreaked havoc on the town. Removing the R from WREAK makes WEAK, and adding it to FEED makes FREED. You may have thought that REAK was a real word, but when we write that something smells really bad, we write this word 'REEK' so the spellings don't match here. Watch out for sneaky red herrings like this, which may sound like a word you know, but don't have the right spelling.
  • 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 activity detective - great focus!
  • 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
We could remove the letter E or A from MEAN to leave behind the words MAN or MEN. So which one can we add into FAST? If we add an E into FAST, we can make the new word FEAST. It's a funny one this! Did you spot that the word FAST (which can mean 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 word means, 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 the word INSERT. Do you know the word ELATION? It describes a feeling of great joy such as you might feel when you've completed an activity - or, more likely, at the very start of the long summer holidays!
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