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Rearrange More Than Two Words in a Sentence

In this worksheet, students will rearrange the 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 it is often more than two words that have been 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.

Are you up for another challenge, word detective?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

plodded the along pavement man 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 a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

jumper lovely purchased she a cashmere 

 

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:

 

reclined the cat duvet the on 

 

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:

 

fortnight the raffle is a in 

 

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!

Halfway through this activity already!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

box dozen the contained a eggs

 

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!

Look at this sentence:

 

 ice waddled the penguin the on 

 

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:

 

variety there were a ornaments of

 

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 fulls stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

sells this market crowded various souvenirs 

 

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:

 

an over-sized wore wizard the cloak

 

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!

The end of this activity already!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

comedian told the hilarious a joke

 

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

Are you up for another challenge, word detective?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

plodded the along pavement man 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 a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The man plodded along the pavement.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this one? We need to break the sentence down into parts.
First, find the verb plodded. So what is the subject that is doing the plodding? It has to be the man, so we now have: The man plodded. It's much easier now - just add the last three words, along the pavement and you have your un-jumbled sentence!
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

jumper lovely purchased she a cashmere 

 

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
She purchased a lovely cashmere jumper.
EDDIE SAYS
Can you sort this one out? First, let's find the verb - it is purchased. Who is the subject that is doing the purchasing? Is it a jumper or she? Clearly, a jumper cannot be buying anything, so the subject must be she. So now we have: She purchased. What did she purchase? That's right, a lovely cashmere jumper! Great un-jumbling skills!
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

reclined the cat duvet the on 

 

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 cat reclined on the duvet.
EDDIE SAYS
The verb is reclined and the subject is either the cat or the duvet - which will do the reclining? Clearly the cat! So it starts: The cat reclined... Now it's easy to finish the sentence. What does a cat recline on? ...on the duvet.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

fortnight the raffle is a in 

 

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 raffle is in a fortnight.
EDDIE SAYS
How are you doing, word detective? Remember to find the verb first - it is the word is. What is the subject of the sentence? It has to be the raffle, so you have the start of your sentence: The raffle is... Once you've got the beginning, it is easy to complete the sentence. When is the raffle? The raffle is... ...in a fortnight! Are you remembering to use capital letters and full stops in every sentence?
  • Question 5

Halfway through this activity already!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

box dozen the contained a eggs

 

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
The box contained a dozen eggs.
EDDIE SAYS
With half of this activity under your belt, are you feeling more confident?
Let's find the verb - it is contained. What is the subject of the sentence? Is it the box or the eggs? Clearly, it must be the box because it is this that is the container. Now we have the start of our sentence: The box contained... What did it contain do you think? The box contained... ...a dozen eggs! Terrific detective work!
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

 ice waddled the penguin the on 

 

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
The penguin waddled on the ice.
EDDIE SAYS
First, find the verb - waddled. Now find the subject of the sentence - is it the ice or the penguin? It must be the penguin because ice can't waddle! So we have: The penguin waddled... Now it's over to you to finish it off! What does the penguin waddle on?
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

variety there were a ornaments of

 

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 fulls stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
There were a variety of ornaments.
EDDIE SAYS
You're doing so well! Remember to find the verb first - were. Which word could work before the verb were? If you try them out, you'll find the only possible one is there. Now you have: There were... Try both combinations of words to see what makes sense: There were a ornaments of variety. OR There were a variety of ornaments. It's easy when you see it written down, isn't it!
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

sells this market crowded various souvenirs 

 

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
This crowded market sells various souvenirs.
EDDIE SAYS
Nearly there! First, find the verb - in this case it is sells. Which word should come before sells - market or souvenirs? It is clearly going to be market, so we have: This market sells... The word crowded is an adjective, being used to describe the market and so we only have two words left to fit in.
Did you get this one?
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

an over-sized wore wizard the cloak

 

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 wizard wore an over-sized cloak.
EDDIE SAYS
Let's try and swap these words back with our wizarding skills! First, find the verb - it's wore. Secondly, who is doing the wearing? It is the wizard, rather than the hat as a hat cannot wear anything! So we have: The wizard wore... The rest of the sentence is fairly easy to add, except the word over-sized. Is this word describing the wizard or the cloak? Clearly, it is describing the cloak, so it is an over-sized cloak. Here's a top tip, you cannot split hyphenated words into two in this type of question - they count as one complete word and must be moved as one. Brilliant detective work!
  • Question 10

The end of this activity already!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

comedian told the hilarious a joke

 

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 comedian told a hilarious joke.
EDDIE SAYS
Well done for getting to this final question!
Let's try and swap these words back. First, find the verb - it is told. Who is the subject; who is doing the telling? It is the comedian rather than the joke! So, we have: The comedian told a joke... We are left with the word hilarious - it could describe either the comedian or the joke, but it makes more sense if it is used to describe the joke.
A magnificent achievement, word detective!
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