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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:  

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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?

Elbow is to (arm, joint, funny) as knee is to (graze, leg, trousers).

 

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

 

Elbow is connected to arm as this is where it is found. Elbow could also be connected to joint as this is what it is, and also to funny due to the funny bone!  

 

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

 

A knee is found on your leg, so we have found the connection! It’s the place where these joints are found.

 

Elbow is to arm as knee is to leg.

       


 

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:

Crisp is to (crunchy, salty, packet) as water is to (thirst, bottle, drink).

 

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

 

A crisp is generally crunchy and salty. Also, a crisp is eaten from in a packet.

 

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

 

Water is drunk from a bottle.

 

We have found the connection! It’s the packaging these items are kept in. 

Crisp is to packet as water is to bottle.

     

 

Now it’s your turn.

Remember to find those connections!

 

Underline the correct answer.

 

Whittle is to (rattle, reduce, rehearse) as yearn is to (decline, crave, discern).

Rattle, Reduce, Rehearse, Decline, Crave, Discern

Select the correct connection below.

 

Horse is to (gymkhana, grazing, bray) as gymnast is to (flexible, glamour, display).

 

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

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Sheepish is to (obtrusive, insulated, shamefaced) as charitable is to (wealthy, considerate, egocentric).

Underline the correct answers from the options below.

Take one word from each set of brackets.

 

Sheen is to (lustre, drab, glaze) as thrifty is to (deprivation, disgraced, wasteful).

Select the correct connection from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Time is to (chronology, biology, geology) as mind is to (physiology, psychology, zoology).

 

Type the correct connections into the blank boxes below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Chaperone is to (informant, teacher, companion) as fugitive is to (escapee, visitor, released).

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

 

Yonder is to (nearby, journey, astray) as collaboration is to (association, connected, solitary).  

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

 

Folk is to (statue, music, people) as abstract is to (art, gallery, vivacity).  

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

 

Shambolic is to (systematic, compilation, fiasco) as shenanigans is to (mischief, errors, hesitation).

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Forthright is to (accurate, bewildered, deceptive) as improve is to (regress, jumble, incline).

Accurate, Bewildered, Deceptive, Regress, Jumble, Incline
  • Question 1

Underline the correct answer.

 

Whittle is to (rattle, reduce, rehearse) as yearn is to (decline, crave, discern).

CORRECT ANSWER
Rattle, Reduce, Rehearse, Decline, Crave, Discern
EDDIE SAYS
We actually need to whittle down our options here to detect the correct one! So what does that mean? It means to reduce our options to find the correct one. This shows we have a synonym connection here.
If you are yearning for something, it means you really want something. And what do we say if we really want something like chocolate or sweets? We would say we are craving them!
  • Question 2

Select the correct connection below.

 

Horse is to (gymkhana, grazing, bray) as gymnast is to (flexible, glamour, display).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
If you enjoy horse riding, you probably picked out the answer quite easily, but if not it might have felt really hard! Don't worry, just make a note of any words that are new for you!
A horse competition is called a gymkhana, so which word would connect to what a gymnastics competition would be called - that has to be display!
  • Question 3

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

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Sheepish is to (obtrusive, insulated, shamefaced) as charitable is to (wealthy, considerate, egocentric).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
If you feel sheepish, you feel a bit embarrassed or ashamed. I'm not sure what that has to do with sheep, but we do need to make the synonym link between sheepish and shamefaced.
So what about our synonym for someone charitable? Can you use your detective skills to work that one out? If you give to charity, well done; it's great to be so considerate.
  • Question 4

Underline the correct answers from the options below.

Take one word from each set of brackets.

 

Sheen is to (lustre, drab, glaze) as thrifty is to (deprivation, disgraced, wasteful).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
If something has a sheen, it has a shine and glow to it. We actually have some synonyms and an antonym in the brackets, so let's use our detective skills to check the second set of brackets.
Someone thrifty is very careful with their possessions and money, making them last and saving them. So there's a definite antonym connection to wasteful - well spotted! That means we need our antonym from the first brackets, which is drab.
  • Question 5

Select the correct connection from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Time is to (chronology, biology, geology) as mind is to (physiology, psychology, zoology).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you know that the suffix -ology means 'study of'. So if you have zoology, for example, it means the study of animals - notice the link to zoo!
So we are looking for the words that mean study of time and study of the mind - that would be chronology and psychology. Can you work out what the others are the study of? And do you know any other -ology words that you can work out the meaning of?
  • Question 6

Type the correct connections into the blank boxes below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Chaperone is to (informant, teacher, companion) as fugitive is to (escapee, visitor, released).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
There's possibly some new words for you here, so don't worry if you got a bit stuck here detective! Let's look at some clues...
A chaperone is someone that accompanies someone, for example to a party, to help them get there or make sure they stay safe. Celebrities might have a chaperone to make them feel safe if there are big crowds of people who have come out to see them. So we can make a connection to a chaperone being a companion.
So what about a fugitive? This is someone who's on the run - maybe they've committed a crime and have escaped! Can you spot the connection now - it's an escapee!
  • Question 7

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

 

Yonder is to (nearby, journey, astray) as collaboration is to (association, connected, solitary).  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Yonder is definitely not a word we use often, but you might have come across this word in films or books, especially if they are set in the past! It means far away - so we can spot the antonym nearby.
This means we need an opposite for collaboration. If you collaborate, you work together with other people.
So can you spot the word which means working on your own? Yes detective - it's solitary!
  • Question 8

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

 

Folk is to (statue, music, people) as abstract is to (art, gallery, vivacity).  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Folk is another word for people - you might have heard the Bugs Bunny phrase, "That's all folks!" But it's actually also a type of music. So which connection to go for? Abstract is a type of art, usually using different shapes and bright colours. So, if we can make this connection of abstract to art, we should go for the link between folk and music!
  • Question 9

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

 

Shambolic is to (systematic, compilation, fiasco) as shenanigans is to (mischief, errors, hesitation).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This is one of those questions where we can make a synonym and antonym link in the first set of brackets, with fiasco and systematic, so let's check the second set of brackets.
If people are talking about shenanigans, it means there's mischief going on, so we have a definite synonym connection here. So go back to the first set of brackets and we have used our detective skills to work out we should go for fiasco!
These are all quite fun words - make a note if any of them are new for you and see if you can fit them into your creative writing next time!
  • Question 10

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Forthright is to (accurate, bewildered, deceptive) as improve is to (regress, jumble, incline).

CORRECT ANSWER
Accurate, Bewildered, Deceptive, Regress, Jumble, Incline
EDDIE SAYS
People who are very forthright say what they think - can you think of any other words that mean the same as this? The simplest way to put it is that they are honest. This is a good clue detective - have you now spotted the antonym? That would be deceptive!
So what is the opposite of improve? This might be a new word for you, but maybe you worked it out anyway because jumble and incline don't really fit - the answer we're looking for is regress.
Hope you've learnt some new words from these questions, detective.
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