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Select the Best Connection to Complete the Sentence

In this worksheet, students will look for various connections and select the most appropriate word from each set of brackets to best complete sentences.

'Select the Best Connection to Complete the Sentence' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Word Connections

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Greetings word detective!

Prepare to hunt for connections!

 

We must pick one word from each set of brackets that can be connected to the word in front of it in the same way.  

Which words from the sets of brackets would best finish this sentence?

Dog is to (lead, kennel, cat) as hamster is to (gerbil, water, cage).

 

First, we need to find a connection between dog and one of the words in brackets.

 

Dog is connected to lead as this is used to walk it. Dog is connected to kennel as this is where it lives, and also to cat as they are opposites.  

 

We need to see if one of these connections can be made with hamster and the words in brackets.

 

A hamster lives in a cage, so we have found the connection! It’s the place where these animals live.

 

Dog is to (lead, kennel, cat) as hamster is to (gerbil, water, cage). 

    


 

In this type of question, there are many different possible connections between the words. Here are some connections to look out for:

 

Connection Example
Synonyms (similar meaning) Clever is to smart...
Antonyms (opposite meaning) Hot is to cold...
What something is made of Spoon is to metal...
What something goes inside of Coin is to purse...
Where something is kept or lives Soldier is to barracks...

 

 

Let’s try another:

Book is to (paper, library, town) as money is to (cash, spend, bank).

 

First, we need to find a connection between book and one of the words in brackets.

 

A book is made out of paper. Also, a book is kept in a library.

 

We now need to find one of these connections between money and a word in the second set of brackets.

 

Money is kept in a bank.

 

We have found the connection! It’s places where the items are kept. 

   

 

Now it’s your turn.

Remember to find those connections!??

Select the correct connection from the options below. Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Integrity is to (admit, hide, lie) as deception is to (explore, discover, conceal).

Admit

Hide

Lie

Explore

Discover

Conceal

Underline the correct connection. Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Famine is to (lavish, nourishment, poverty) as fatigue is to (sleep, watchful, wretched).

 

Lavish, Nourishment, Poverty, Sleep, Watchful, Wretched

Type the correct answers from the brackets in the boxes below.

 

 

Flamboyant is to (exhausted, vibrant, unnoticeable) as reserved is to (private, appointment, rested).

 

 

Lavish, Nourishment, Poverty, Sleep, Watchful, Wretched

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets.

 

Choreographer is to (creative, embellish, dance) as merchant is to (trade, riches, diligence).  

 

 

 

Creative

Embellish

Dance

Trade

Riches

Diligence

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets.

 

 

Speech is to (humans, pronunciation, importance) as music is to (melody, practice, hobby).  

Creative

Embellish

Dance

Trade

Riches

Diligence

Underline the correct answer.

 

Deafening is to inaudible as organisation is to (careful, disarray, disjointed).

Careful, Disarray, Disjointed

Choose one word from each set of brackets to make the connection. 

 

Privilege is to (hope, desire, advantage) as flawless is to (dreadful, pristine, rejected).

 

Select the correct connection below.

 

Insolent is to (unvaried, uncivilised, impolite) as lenient is to (feeble, merciful, precise).

 

 

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Coy is to (timid, sly, celebrated) as concealed is to (inconceivable, incompetent, inconspicuous).

 

 

Timid, Sly, Celebrated, Inconceivable, Incompetent, Inconspicuous

Underline the correct answers from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Election is to (popular, president, admired) as coronation is to (monarch, reign, crown).

 

Popular, President, Admired, Monarch, Reign, Crown
  • Question 1

Select the correct connection from the options below. Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Integrity is to (admit, hide, lie) as deception is to (explore, discover, conceal).

CORRECT ANSWER
Admit
Conceal
EDDIE SAYS
Someone who shows integrity is honest, so while there are a couple of antonyms in the brackets (hide and lie), there is also a link to 'admit'.
Someone with integrity would admit to something. So is there a verb that shows what someone deceptive would do - that would be to hide, or conceal, the truth.
As there are no antonyms for deception in the brackets, this is definitely our connection. Good detecting!
  • Question 2

Underline the correct connection. Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Famine is to (lavish, nourishment, poverty) as fatigue is to (sleep, watchful, wretched).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Lavish, Nourishment, Poverty, Sleep, Watchful, Wretched
EDDIE SAYS
Famine and fatigue both refer to a lack of something. Can we spot a connection which shows what they lack?
Yes - famine is a lack of nourishment or food, and fatigue is a lack of sleep.
  • Question 3

Type the correct answers from the brackets in the boxes below.

 

 

Flamboyant is to (exhausted, vibrant, unnoticeable) as reserved is to (private, appointment, rested).

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Someone with a flamboyant personality is energetic, lively and colourful. We can describe them as a vibrant person. Can you think of any flamboyant people that you know?
So what about someone who is reserved? Don't muddle this up with having a reservation at a restaurant! When a person is reserved, they are private and happier to stay in the background than a flamboyant person!
  • Question 4

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets.

 

Choreographer is to (creative, embellish, dance) as merchant is to (trade, riches, diligence).  

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Dance
Trade
EDDIE SAYS
A choreographer and a merchant are both names given to people, depending on their jobs. So can we spot any words that link to their jobs? Choreography refers to dance, and merchants are tradesmen.
The other words aren't specific enough to these jobs - lots of people are creative and diligent whether they are dancers, merchants or something completely different, so we can't take these as strong enough connections.
  • Question 5

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets.

 

 

Speech is to (humans, pronunciation, importance) as music is to (melody, practice, hobby).  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Let's work this out, detective.
To make speech and music meaningful, and to allow people to enjoy and understand them, people who are talking rely on their pronunciation of words, and musicians need to ensure that there is a melody.
Without these, both speech and music would be meaningless!
  • Question 6

Underline the correct answer.

 

Deafening is to inaudible as organisation is to (careful, disarray, disjointed).

CORRECT ANSWER
Careful, Disarray, Disjointed
EDDIE SAYS
Think of sounds that you have heard that are deafening - they are loud and impossible to miss! However, inaudible is the opposite, so we need an antonym for organised.
If something is in disarray, it is in chaos and certainly not organised!
  • Question 7

Choose one word from each set of brackets to make the connection. 

 

Privilege is to (hope, desire, advantage) as flawless is to (dreadful, pristine, rejected).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
In the first set of brackets, neither hope nor desire quite link to privilege, however advantage does. Someone who is privileged has an advantage in the world.
So can we spot a synonym for flawless? We need a word that means perfect - something perfectly tidy, or someone perfectly turned out, can be described as pristine.
  • Question 8

Select the correct connection below.

 

Insolent is to (unvaried, uncivilised, impolite) as lenient is to (feeble, merciful, precise).

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Someone who is insolent is rude, and hopefully you can spot a synonym for rude - impolite!
So is there a synonym for lenient? Someone who shows leniency shows forgiveness or tolerance of something. Let's imagine a teacher is lenient - they are forgiving of poor behaviour.
So which word could you switch with forgiving? That would be merciful.
  • Question 9

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Coy is to (timid, sly, celebrated) as concealed is to (inconceivable, incompetent, inconspicuous).

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Timid, Sly, Celebrated, Inconceivable, Incompetent, Inconspicuous
EDDIE SAYS
Someone coy is shy, so timid is a synonym from the first set of brackets. We worked with the word conceal earlier in the activity as meaning to hide something, so can we see a word that has a similar meaning here?
Something inconspicuous is something not clearly visible - which fits perfectly as a synonym for our connection.
  • Question 10

Underline the correct answers from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Election is to (popular, president, admired) as coronation is to (monarch, reign, crown).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Popular, President, Admired, Monarch, Reign, Crown
EDDIE SAYS
An election is something that a prime minister or president goes through in order to gain power. So can we link this to a coronation? It is the special ceremony that marks that a king or queen is given their power.
Another word for king and queen is monarch, so our connections here are the powerful people that elections and coronations are centred around.
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