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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.

 

Fiend is to (foe, villain, ally) as verify is to (invalidate, contrast, varied).

 

 

Foe

Villain

Ally

Invalidate

Contrast

Varied

Underline the correct connection. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Laws are to (punishment, parliament, rule) as verdicts are to (court, witness, arrest).

 

Punishment, Parliament Rule, Court, Witness, Arrest

Type the correct answers from the brackets into the box below.

 

Tedious is to (monotonous, monologue, monorail) as riveting is to (amateur, exile, exciting).

 

 

Punishment, Parliament Rule, Court, Witness, Arrest

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

 

Hindrance is to (obstacle, assistance, backwards) as resolution is to (answer, promise, outcome).  

Obstacle

Assistance

Backwards

Answer

Change

Outcome

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

 

Forecast is to (prediction, temperature, knowledge) as thorough is to (tunnel, travel, rigorous).  

Obstacle

Assistance

Backwards

Answer

Change

Outcome

Underline the correct answer.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Phobia is to (spider, pleasure, anxiety) as bravery is to (valour, emotion, conflict).

 

 

Spider, Pleasure, Anxiety, Valour, Emotion, Conflict

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

 

Remote is to (devices, control, isolated) as crowded is to (tranquil, relaxed, hectic).

 

Select the correct connection below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Virtuous is to (morals, virtual, vigorous) as courteous is to (curtsey, applause, manners).

 

 

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Neighbour is to (inhabitants, alongside, urban) as inferior is to (superior, unwelcome, beneath).

Inhabitants, Alongside, Urban, Superior, Unwelcome, Beneath

Underline the correct answers from the options below.

Take one word from each set of brackets.

 

Versatile is to (rigid, fixed, adaptable) as immobile is to (stationery, bustling, stationary).

 

Rigid, Fixed, Adaptable, Stationery, Bustling, Stationary
  • Question 1

Select the correct connection from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Fiend is to (foe, villain, ally) as verify is to (invalidate, contrast, varied).

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Ally
Invalidate
EDDIE SAYS
A fiend is certainly not a friend! A fiend is a foe or an enemy. We have two synonyms here but can you spot a synonym in the second set of brackets?
Verify means to confirm that something is true. There are no synonyms for truth here - but invalidate is an antonym. So we need to take the antonym for fiend, which is an ally.
  • Question 2

Underline the correct connection. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Laws are to (punishment, parliament, rule) as verdicts are to (court, witness, arrest).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Punishment, Parliament Rule, Court, Witness, Arrest
EDDIE SAYS
Do you know what happens in the Houses of Parliament? It is where laws are discussed and decided upon.
So can we see the same connection in the second set of brackets - where are verdicts decided on? That would be court.
  • Question 3

Type the correct answers from the brackets into the box below.

 

Tedious is to (monotonous, monologue, monorail) as riveting is to (amateur, exile, exciting).

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you know that the prefix mono means one? So the words in the first set of brackets mean one tone, one speaker and one rail.
Tedious means boring - and if someone speaks in one tone that would be boring to listen to! We also call repetitive tasks monotonous, because you do one thing over and over again.
So what is our synonym for riveting? Something that really grips your attention is riveting - and our closest synonym is exciting.
I hope you are finding your school work riveting, not monotonous!
  • Question 4

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

 

Hindrance is to (obstacle, assistance, backwards) as resolution is to (answer, promise, outcome).  

CORRECT ANSWER
Obstacle
Answer
EDDIE SAYS
Something that hinders you holds back your progress - an injury to an athlete would hinder their progress in a race. This could also be thought of as an obstacle.
Be careful with resolution - you might have immediately thought of New Year's resolutions where people make changes to their lives. But actually that wouldn't quite fit here as the word resolution is used more as meaning a New Year's 'promise' than a change. A better connection is to answer - a resolution to a problem is an answer, or solution, to the problem.
Can you solve the problem now, word detective?
  • Question 5

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

 

Forecast is to (prediction, temperature, knowledge) as thorough is to (tunnel, travel, rigorous).  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
When you see the word forecast, you might instantly think of weather! But don't be tricked into choosing temperature!
A weather forecast is really a prediction, so we are looking for a synonym connection here. That would make the word from the second set of brackets 'rigorous'.
Make sure you noticed that our word was thorough and not through - this is a good lesson in checking questions thoroughly!
  • Question 6

Underline the correct answer.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Phobia is to (spider, pleasure, anxiety) as bravery is to (valour, emotion, conflict).

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Spider, Pleasure, Anxiety, Valour, Emotion, Conflict
EDDIE SAYS
Do you have any phobias? These are things you are frightened of - spiders, heights and small spaces are all really common ones! Anxiety is a synonym for fear so we need to spot the synonym for bravery.
Someone brave might be called valiant, which is part of the same word family as valour, so we have got the match we need!
  • Question 7

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

 

Remote is to (devices, control, isolated) as crowded is to (tranquil, relaxed, hectic).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Don't rush to think of remote as meaning a remote control here! It has another meaning - a remote place is somewhere really out of the way, which we can also call isolated.
So which word from the second set of brackets also means crowded? The best match is hectic, as the other two are antonyms!
  • Question 8

Select the correct connection below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Virtuous is to (morals, virtual, vigorous) as courteous is to (curtsey, applause, manners).

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A virtuous person is someone who shows good morals - they know the difference between right and wrong.
So what does someone who is courteous show? That would be polite manners!
Be careful of curtsy - even though it is a sign of respect, it is unlikely that every time you are showing good manners, you are curtsying to people! It's generally saved for when you meet someone really important, like the royal family!
  • Question 9

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Neighbour is to (inhabitants, alongside, urban) as inferior is to (superior, unwelcome, beneath).

CORRECT ANSWER
Inhabitants, Alongside, Urban, Superior, Unwelcome, Beneath
EDDIE SAYS
Unless you live somewhere really remote, you will have neighbours. Where do they live? It is alongside you.
So we need a word from the second set of brackets that shows where something inferior is, in comparison to you. This means something less important, or below you in some way. This gives us our connection with beneath!
  • Question 10

Underline the correct answers from the options below.

Take one word from each set of brackets.

 

Versatile is to (rigid, fixed, adaptable) as immobile is to (stationery, bustling, stationary).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Rigid, Fixed, Adaptable, Stationery, Bustling, Stationary
EDDIE SAYS
If a person is versatile, they are able to adapt to different situations. Rigid and fixed are antonyms, but I can't see an antonym for immobile in the second brackets, so let's look for a synonym.
This gives us a small spelling test - you need to select stationary.
Can you come up with a way of remembering that the other type of stationEry refers to pEns and pEncils?
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