# 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

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!

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!

Welcome to the final worksheet on word merging. Are you ready for the biggest challenge of them all?!

Here are groups of words:

quartet (red) garden,  poncho (___) wooded

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:

folded (dough) ought,  commentates (___) courage

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:

totally (taste) esteem,  coconut (___) lastly

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:

magnetic (game) amaze,  mastered (___) alsatians

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

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

The halfway mark!

Here are pairs of words:

ghost (hours) churns,  crams (___) slides

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:

mission (mites) testing,  plural (____) anklet

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:

bitten (is) masked, doughnut (___) coffee

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:

corrosion (side) deciding,  mediation (___) medication

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:

conductor (dry) rosy,  moats (____) onion

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

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

And here you are on the very last question on merging words!

Here are groups of words:

core (cream) amazing,  teal (____) once

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

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

• Question 1

Welcome to the final worksheet on word merging. Are you ready for the biggest challenge of them all?!

Here are groups of words:

quartet (red) garden,  poncho (___) wooded

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

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

Cod
EDDIE SAYS
Let's whizz through these so you can become a word merge wizard! In each group, the fifth and sixth letters of the first word have been joined with the fourth letter of the third word to make a new word.
• Question 2

Here are groups of words:

folded (dough) ought,  commentates (___) courage

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

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

Scour
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the last letter of the first word has been joined to the first four letters of the third word to make a new word. Let's see the next one!
• Question 3

Here are groups of words:

totally (taste) esteem,  coconut (___) lastly

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

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

Coast
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the third and fourth letters of the first word and the second, third and fourth letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Super!
• Question 4

Here are groups of words:

magnetic (game) amaze,  mastered (___) alsatians

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

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

Salt
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the third letter of the first word and the first, second and fifth letters of the third word have been joined to make a word. Fab effort! You're on your way to mastering the word merge question type!
• Question 5

The halfway mark!

Here are pairs of words:

ghost (hours) churns,  crams (___) slides

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

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

Raids
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the second and third letters of the first word and the third, fourth and sixth letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Great, you've completed half of this activity already! Let's continue!
• Question 6

Here are groups of words:

mission (mites) testing,  plural (____) anklet

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

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

Plank
EDDIE SAYS
How are you getting on? In each group, the first two letters of the first word and the first three letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. You're so nearly finished with this topic!
• Question 7

Here are groups of words:

bitten (is) masked, doughnut (___) coffee

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

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

Of
EDDIE SAYS
Short and sweet! In each group, the second letter of the first word and the third letter of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Really fancy that doughnut and coffee now, so quick let's get this worksheet finished!
• Question 8

Here are groups of words:

corrosion (side) deciding,  mediation (___) medication

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

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

Time
EDDIE SAYS
Time to check your answer! In each group, the sixth and seventh letters of the first word have been joined to the first and second letters of the third word to make a new word. There are some tricky words in some of these questions, so make sure that you look up any that are new to you in a dictionary.
• Question 9

Here are groups of words:

conductor (dry) rosy,  moats (____) onion

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

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

Too
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the fourth letter of the first word and the first and fourth letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. One to go!
• Question 10

And here you are on the very last question on merging words!

Here are groups of words:

core (cream) amazing,  teal (____) once

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

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

Talon
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the first, third and fourth letters of the first word and the first two letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Well done, you've reached the finish line of this activity! Great word merging!
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