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Rearrange a Fully-Jumbled Sentence

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

'Rearrange a Fully-Jumbled 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 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!

Are you up for an un-jumbling challenge, word detective?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

had astounded learn to Jason talent was won contest that the he 

 

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:

 

from centre the walk town short hotel just the is a away 

 

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:

 

family beach our the relaxed afternoon in on 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:

 

treasure thought whether about not I search or for to 

 

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!

You're halfway there already, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

was selected the captain Smith team football be to the Johnny of school's

 

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, an apostrophe and a full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

his magician top pulled extremely hat scarf out an the long 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 a full stop!

Look at this sentence:

 

 the tea mug biscuit dunked of a chocolate into her teacher 

 

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:

 

and the grabbed seagull sandwich down swooped the boy's 

 

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!

Nearly there, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

grandfather hefty a was clock there in the 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 a capital letter and full stop!

And you have reached the final question - well done, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

off crowd fireworks big a gathered the watch to go 

 

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

Are you up for an un-jumbling challenge, word detective?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

had astounded learn to Jason talent was won contest that the he 

 

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
Jason was astounded to learn that he had won the talent contest.
EDDIE SAYS
Phew ... this looks a tricky one doesn't it? Where to start? Let's start with Jason since he is almost certainly the subject of the sentence. What verb could affect Jason? You could create 'Jason had won the talent contest' and you could also create 'he was astounded to learn' but it doesn't work if you put them together in that order. So, the sentence must start with another verb: Jason was astounded to learn that he had won the talent contest.
Sometimes trial and error is the only way!
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

from centre the walk town short hotel just the is a away 

 

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 hotel is just a short walk away from the town centre.
The town centre is just a short walk away from the hotel.
EDDIE SAYS
What did you make of this one? The subject of the sentence is either the hotel or the town centre, so it is possible to have two different versions of this sentence, depending on which subject you chose to place first.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

family beach our the relaxed afternoon in on 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
Our family relaxed on the beach in the afternoon.
EDDIE SAYS
How are you getting on with these word detective? First, find the verb - relaxed. Now, who is doing the relaxing? It is either the family or our family. We need to say the beach rather than our beach, as beaches rarely belong to someone, so let's put our before family. This gives us: Our family relaxed on the beach... The rest of the sentence is easy to add now from this starting point.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

treasure thought whether about not I search or for to 

 

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 thought about whether to search for treasure or not.
I thought about whether or not to search for treasure.
EDDIE SAYS
Where do we start with this one? What is the subject of the sentence? It is either I or treasure. The verb is the word thought so the subject must be I since treasure cannot think! We now have the start of the sentence: I thought... The rest of the sentence should come easier now and there is a choice of answers depending on the order that you choose to put the words in.
  • Question 5

You're halfway there already, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

was selected the captain Smith team football be to the Johnny of school's

 

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, an apostrophe and a full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
Johnny Smith was selected to be the captain of the school's football team.
EDDIE SAYS
Remember to look for the verb and the subject first. The verb is two words was selected and the subject is clearly Johnny Smith. Put those two together to start the sentence and the rest should fit into place. How did you get on with this one? Did you remember to keep the apostrophe in the same place and attached to the same word?
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

his magician top pulled extremely hat scarf out an the long 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 a full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
The magician pulled an extremely long scarf out of his top hat.
EDDIE SAYS
Right, word detective - how did you do with this one? Did you realise that the verb is pulled and that the subject is the magician? So, you have the start of the sentence: The magician pulled... Now all you have to do is decide what he pulled out and where he pulled it from!
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

 the tea mug biscuit dunked of a chocolate into her teacher 

 

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 teacher dunked a chocolate biscuit into her mug of tea.
Her teacher dunked a chocolate biscuit into the mug of tea.
EDDIE SAYS
Ooh, this one is making me hungry! The verb is dunked and the subject is teacher. Should it be her teacher or the teacher? It could be either so there are two possible versions of this sentence which both make sense and are grammatically correct.
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

and the grabbed seagull sandwich down swooped the boy's 

 

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 seagull swooped down and grabbed the boy's sandwich.
EDDIE SAYS
The subject of this sentence has to be the seagull because it can't be the boy's sandwich as this is an object and cannot action the verbs described here. So, what does the seagull do? It swooped down and grabbed. The rest of the sentence should be easier to build now.
  • Question 9

Nearly there, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

grandfather hefty a was clock there in the 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 a capital letter and full stop!

CORRECT ANSWER
There was a hefty grandfather clock in the room.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this one? The verb is was and the subject is a grandfather clock, which is described as hefty. Sentences do quite often start with the two words there was or there is, so it's a good idea to try these words out at the beginning of your sentence just in case they fit. In this case, they do fit!
  • Question 10

And you have reached the final question - well done, word detective!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

off crowd fireworks big a gathered the watch to go 

 

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
A big crowd gathered to watch the fireworks go off.
EDDIE SAYS
Are these getting any easier, do you think? Practice is the most important thing with these tricky sentences.
The verbs are gathered, to watch and go off. Who has gathered to watch? It has to be a crowd so that is the subject. The word big can't really be used to describe the fireworks so it must be describing the crowd. What is going off? It can only be the fireworks. Great detecting skills!!
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