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Rearrange More Than Two Words in a Sentence

In this worksheet, students will rearrange two or three words in a jumbled sentence so that the sentence makes sense.

'Rearrange More Than Two Words in a Sentence' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Jumbled Sentences

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Ready for your next challenge word detective?  

Somebody has been up to their old tricks again, but this time they’ve been moving words!

 

In the sentence below someone has sneakily swapped two of the words around so that it doesn’t make sense anymore!

 

Look at the jumbled sentence below:

Farmer’s items are sold at the local numerous market.

 

Can you work out which two words do not fit in with the sentence and have been swapped around?

 

Farmer’s and numerous should be swapped for the sentence to make sense.

This would give us:

Numerous items are sold at the local farmer’s market.

 

The sentence sounds much better now that the words have been swapped!

Heart shaped pile of vegetables

Now it’s your turn to track down the words that have been sneakily swapped.  

Watch out because sometimes there might be more than two words that need to be moved!

Good luck!

 

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

First, read the sentence and think about the topic of the sentence.

Then, think about which words don’t quite fit in their place.

Right, are you ready for off, word detective?


Look at this sentence:

 

there to sufficient time was decide

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

Fred was an extremely individual agreeable

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

journey was a particularly lengthy it

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

How are you doing, word detective?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

dress adorned her was jewels with

 

It doesn't make sense because several of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

enthusiastically Clive accepted the invitation party 

 

It doesn't make sense because several words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in capital letters and a full stop!

You're more than halfway through this activity already!

Look at this sentence:

 

 Salma ambled tree towards oak the

 

It doesn't make sense because several of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in capital letters and a full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

 gurgled creature the as approached he

 

It doesn't make sense because several of the words have  swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

the toddler puree some vegetable ate 

 

It doesn't make sense because several words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

the giant to speak proceeded lofty

 

It doesn't make sense because several words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

The final question - great progress!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

had weather the been changeable quite 

 

It doesn't make sense because several of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

  • Question 1

Right, are you ready for off, word detective?


Look at this sentence:

 

there to sufficient time was decide

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
There was sufficient time to decide.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get this first question? The words was and to have swapped places. A tip for sorting this one out is the word to - this little word will either mean going to a place or else it will be before a verb, so try moving it to before the verb decide. This works!
Do you know the word sufficient? It means to have enough of something, such as having sufficient food means that you have enough of it. In this sentence, it means that you have enough time to decide about something. You must remember your capital letter and full stop in these questions to be marked as correct. Accurate punctuation is a really important part of un-jumbling sentences!
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

Fred was an extremely individual agreeable

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Fred was an extremely agreeable individual.
EDDIE SAYS
The words individual and agreeable have swapped places. Do you think that Fred was a pleasant person to know or not? If he is extremely agreeable, it means that he is the kindest and most friendly person, who gets on with everyone.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

journey was a particularly lengthy it

 

It doesn't make sense because two of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
It was a particularly lengthy journey.
EDDIE SAYS
Are you feeling more confident with these? In this sentence, the words journey and it have swapped places. A short sentence to describe a long journey!
  • Question 4

How are you doing, word detective?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

dress adorned her was jewels with

 

It doesn't make sense because several of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Her dress was adorned with jewels.
EDDIE SAYS
This is harder because more than two words have swapped places. Let's try out some different combinations and see if we can work out the correct answer. The word adorned means decorated with. We need to ask ourselves - What is decorated? It is her dress that is adorned and the decoration is jewels. So the sentence should be: Her dress was adorned with jewels.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

enthusiastically Clive accepted the invitation party 

 

It doesn't make sense because several words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in capital letters and a full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Clive enthusiastically accepted the party invitation.
EDDIE SAYS
This one has had three words swapped over, but we can get it sorted out - no problem! Let's assume that the sentence starts with the subject which, in this case, is Clive. The word enthusiastically comes next, and then we need to swap the words invitation and party. We now have a sentence that makes sense! Great sorting skills!
  • Question 6

You're more than halfway through this activity already!

Look at this sentence:

 

 Salma ambled tree towards oak the

 

It doesn't make sense because several of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in capital letters and a full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Salma ambled towards the oak tree.
EDDIE SAYS
OK, word detective, what shall we do first? We know that Salma ambled (which means to wander slowly) - where do you think she ambled to? Could it be towards the tree? And could the tree possibly be an oak? I think you've got it now: Salma ambled towards the oak tree. Brilliant work!
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

 gurgled creature the as approached he

 

It doesn't make sense because several of the words have  swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The creature gurgled as he approached.
EDDIE SAYS
Once again, three words have swapped over. The first two are probably quite easy to spot because the word creature needs to have the word the in front of it, so we can see that the words the and gurgled have swapped places. The other word that needs to move back is the word he which needs to be before approached. Well done for working through all that!
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

the toddler puree some vegetable ate 

 

It doesn't make sense because several words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The toddler ate some vegetable puree.
EDDIE SAYS
A bit easier this one! Only two words have swapped places this time - they are ate and puree. If you find it hard to work these out, it is always a good idea to find the verb in the sentence and make sure that it is in the correct place. The rest of the sentence may well fall into place once the verb is sorted. Have you been remembering to use at least one capital letter and full stop in every sentence? It isn't a proper sentence without at least one of each!
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

the giant to speak proceeded lofty

 

It doesn't make sense because several words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The lofty giant proceeded to speak.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? The verbs proceeded and to speak have swapped places in the sentence. Also, where do you think the word lofty should go? What is it describing? Yes, you're right, it is describing the giant. Well done!
  • Question 10

The final question - great progress!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

had weather the been changeable quite 

 

It doesn't make sense because several of the words have swapped places.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The weather had been quite changeable.
EDDIE SAYS
How have you got on with these?
The words the and had have swapped places. There is another word in the wrong place - can you find it? It is the word quite - where do you think this should be? That's right, it goes before the word changeable. These are pretty challenging questions, aren't they? Great detective work for getting to the end of this activity!
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