# Apply complex letter positioning patterns.

In this worksheet, students will find the missing word in a group of words. It will develop their ability to follow patterns and think systematically.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Merge

Difficulty level:

### QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi word creator!

In this activity, we are going to be using letters from two words to make a new word.

Here are two groups of words. Letters from the two words on the outside of the brackets are used to create the word on the inside of the brackets.

yawn  (awash)  mash     pear ( ____ )  curly

We need to work out how yawn and mash can be joined to make the word awash, and then use this same rule to make a word with pear and curly.

In this case, we take the middle two letters of the first word and the last three letters of the third word.

yawn  (awash)  mash          pear  ( ____ )  curly

So the answer is early!

Let’s try another:

Can you work out the pattern here?

east  (self)  flow      lips ( ____ ) does

We need to work out how east and flow combine to make self.

The third letter from east goes with the first letter in self.

This means we need to use the third letter from lips in the first letter position of our mystery word, so it looks like this so far...p _ _ _

The first letter from east goes to the second letter in self. So we need to use the first letter from lips in the second letter position in our mystery word...pl _ _

The second letter from flow goes to the third letter in self. So we need to use the second letter from does in the third letter position in our mystery word...plo _

The first letter from flow goes to the fourth letter in self. We need to use the first letter from does in the fourth letter position in our mystery word...plod is the answer!

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

Always check which letters from the first word have been used to make the second word.

In this activity, you will need to be a word wizard and find the missing word in a pair. Let’s get started!

Hi there, word creator. Are you ready for a trickier challenge now?

Here are groups of words:

extraordinary (ordain) plainly,  intending (____) owners

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

emerald (dreads) reads, mishap (___) leased

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

wilderness (inn) questionnaire,  apparent (___) driftwood

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

phone (pet) telephone,  tough (___) ecstatic

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

You've reached halfway already!

Here are pairs of words:

pavilion (litter) patterned,  rainproof (___) breached

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

thirteen (tin) namely,  proudly (___) timidly

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first group. find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

compilation (onset) setting,  pliable (___) avenue

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

offering (end) defeat,  formidable (___) terrific

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

You're nearly there!

Here are groups of words:

mending (man) placing,  creative (___) flaunting

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Last one on this worksheet!

Here are groups of words:

engines (insect) select,  trained (___) cement

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

• Question 1

Hi there, word creator. Are you ready for a trickier challenge now?

Here are groups of words:

extraordinary (ordain) plainly,  intending (____) owners

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Dinner
EDDIE SAYS
Well done for getting stuck in! In each group, the sixth, seventh and eighth letters of the first word and the third, fourth and fifth letters of the second word are joined to make a new word. It always seems harder when you have a lot of letters to merge, but just follow the pattern set by the first group of words and you'll get there.
• Question 2

Here are groups of words:

emerald (dreads) reads, mishap (___) leased

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Please
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort, keep it up! In each group, the last letter of the first word and the first five letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Did you think the answer was 'pleased'? That would have used all six letters of the word 'leased' and the pattern in the first group only allows you to use five from the third word.
• Question 3

Here are groups of words:

wilderness (inn) questionnaire,  apparent (___) driftwood

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pod
EDDIE SAYS
This one is short and sweet! In each group, the second letter of the first word and the eighth and ninth letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Are you getting to grips with these, word creator?
• Question 4

Here are groups of words:

phone (pet) telephone,  tough (___) ecstatic

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
The
EDDIE SAYS
Bit of a tough one! In each group, the first and fifth letters of the first word and the first letter of the third word are joined to make a new one. As you can see from this one, letters don't always have to be next to each other in a word. Don't worry if you found this hard, practice makes perfect!
• Question 5

You've reached halfway already!

Here are pairs of words:

pavilion (litter) patterned,  rainproof (___) breached

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Preach
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? In each group, the fifth and sixth letters of the first word and the third, fourth, fifth and sixth letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word.
• Question 6

Here are groups of words:

thirteen (tin) namely,  proudly (___) timidly

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first group. find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pot
EDDIE SAYS
Excellent effort! In each group, the first and third letters of the first word and the first letter of the third word are joined to make a new word. Remember that the letters used are not always next to each other in a word.
• Question 7

Here are groups of words:

compilation (onset) setting,  pliable (___) avenue

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Leave
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the last two letters of the first word and the first three letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Becoming quite a word wizard, aren't you?!
• Question 8

Here are groups of words:

offering (end) defeat,  formidable (___) terrific

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Mat
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the fourth and seventh letters of the first word and the first letter of the third word are joined to make a new word. Well done if you got this one because it didn't look too obvious at first glance, did it?
• Question 9

You're nearly there!

Here are groups of words:

mending (man) placing,  creative (___) flaunting

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Cat
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the first letter of the first word and the third and sixth letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. One more to go!
• Question 10

Last one on this worksheet!

Here are groups of words:

engines (insect) select,  trained (___) cement

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Indent
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one to end with! In each group, the fourth, fifth and seventh letters of the first word and the fourth, fifth and sixth letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. High five for completing this activity word merger!
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