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Rearrange More Than Two Words in a Complex 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 Complex Sentence' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Jumbled Sentences

Difficulty level:  

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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 jumbled all the words together so that it doesn’t make sense any more.

 

Look at the jumbled sentence below:

purrs my fur when I cat stroke silky her loudly
 

Can you work out how to un-jumble the words so that the sentence makes sense?


First, we need to see if we can group any of the words together.

We can see that my cat and her silky fur go together.
 

Next, we need to look for any verbs and match them with their subjects.

The verbs in the sentence are: purrs and stroke.

Can you match these with the subjects which are: my cat and I?

Did you get my cat purrs and I stroke?

 

Let’s put that together and this gives us:

My cat purrs... I stroke her silky fur.

 

Now, we only have to add the word loudly and join the parts of the sentence with the word when and we have our sentence:

My cat purrs loudly when I stroke her silky fur.

A boy with a tabby cat

 

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

Good luck!

Welcome back to another challenge, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

fan feathers were beautiful the a like peacock's arranged

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter, apostrophe and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

enjoy chocolate hot warm I mug a sipping of 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

cave throughout voice her echoed the

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

as voice as roar lion's thunderous his was a 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter, apostrophe and full stop!

You're halfway there now!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

my floorboards to tiptoed the groaned I as room

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in capital letters and a full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

school aquarium our local trip next to the is

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in capital letters and a full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

wafted house the baking aroma the bread of throughout 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Nearly there!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

the parcel a delivered address sizable my to postman 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

spacious an surrounded the garden mansion was by extraordinarily 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

The final question - yippee!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

Timmy in cottage the peculiar a lived somewhat troll

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

  • Question 1

Welcome back to another challenge, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

fan feathers were beautiful the a like peacock's arranged

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter, apostrophe and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The peacock's beautiful feathers were arranged like a fan.
EDDIE SAYS
Right, what do we do first here? We should find the verb. There are two of them - were and arranged and we could put them together to make the verb were arranged. What is the subject of the sentence? It could be the peacock but the word peacock's has an apostrophe - what is belonging to the peacock? It is the beautiful feathers! So, we now have: The peacock's beautiful feathers were arranged... The rest of the sentence is easy to add now we have the starting blocks!
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

enjoy chocolate hot warm I mug a sipping of 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
I enjoy sipping a mug of warm hot chocolate.
EDDIE SAYS
First of all, you need to find the verb and the subject of the sentence. The subject is clearly I and the verb will be the pair of words enjoy sipping. The rest is easier to put together now you've made a start: I enjoy sipping...
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

cave throughout voice her echoed the

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Her voice echoed throughout the cave.
EDDIE SAYS
Possibly a slightly easier one here. What is the verb? It's echoed. What is the subject? Her voice. Put them together and what do you get?
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

as voice as roar lion's thunderous his was a 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter, apostrophe and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
His voice was as thunderous as a lion's roar.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you see the beginnings of a useful phrase in here: ...as...as. What could be the significance of this? It is a simile so we know that the phrase is making a comparison. How could these words be used to build a simile? How about: as thunderous as a lion's roar? Now, what is the subject of the sentence? It is his voice, so put the two together and you have your sentence. Well done, word detective!
  • Question 5

You're halfway there now!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

my floorboards to tiptoed the groaned I as room

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in capital letters and a full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The floorboards groaned as I tiptoed to my room.
EDDIE SAYS
The first thing to do is to match these verbs with their subject. The possible subjects are I and the floorboards. The two verbs are groaned and tiptoed. You could put the word I with either of these verbs, but you can't say 'The floorboards tiptoed' so it has to be 'The floorboards groaned' and 'I tiptoed'. Now you have to join the two parts of the sentence together with as and add those other words and you're done!
Can you see how important it is to get those verbs and subjects sorted first?
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

school aquarium our local trip next to the is

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in capital letters and a full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Our next school trip is to the local aquarium.
EDDIE SAYS
How are you getting on with these, word detective? Can you find the verb in this sentence? It is the word is. The subject is the trip but we have more detail to add to the trip; it is the next school trip. Now you can simply add the rest of the words to the sentence. Job done!
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

wafted house the baking aroma the bread of throughout 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The aroma of baking bread wafted throughout the house.
EDDIE SAYS
Lots to do in this one! First, find the verbs - wafted is the only actual verb in this sentence because the word baking is being used to describe the bread and so it is actually an adjective here. What is wafting? The answer is the aroma of baking bread. Once you've got the first part of the sentence, it is easy to add the remaining words so that it makes sense.
  • Question 8

Nearly there!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

the parcel a delivered address sizable my to postman 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The postman delivered a sizable parcel to my address.
EDDIE SAYS
You're doing really well - just remember to find those verbs and subjects! The verb here is delivered and the subject is the postman. Then, all you have to do is to think about what the postman delivered and to whom. Never just look at a jumbled sentence, hoping that it will un-jumble before your eyes - you need to pick out pairs of words and verbs and it will suddenly become clear to you!
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

spacious an surrounded the garden mansion was by extraordinarily 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The mansion was surrounded by an extraordinarily spacious garden.
EDDIE SAYS
The verb in the sentence is two words: was surrounded. The mansion is the only thing that could be surrounded and the garden must be the thing that is surrounding it. Now all we need to do is to get the descriptive words in the correct order. If we try spacious, extraordinarily, we can see that does not make sense. So it must be 'an extraordinarily spacious garden'.
Wow, that was quite a lot to sort out!
  • Question 10

The final question - yippee!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

Timmy in cottage the peculiar a lived somewhat troll

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places.

 

Remember to put in a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Timmy the troll lived in a somewhat peculiar cottage.
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one to finish with! The key to it is to find which words will go with the verb lived. There is no and in the sentence so clearly, Timmy and the troll are the same person. So the sentence starts: Timmy the troll lived... Did you get that one?
Great sentence sorting, word detective!
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