# Complete the Word Pair Using Patterns

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing word in a sequence of scrambled words. It will develop their problem solving and sequencing skills.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Scrambles

Difficulty level:

### QUESTION 1 of 10

When people get tired they sometimes say their brains are scrambled!

Well, there is no room for that here, as we need your best brainpower to unscramble the following words.

Challenge accepted word detective?

Here are some pairs of words.

They each follow a special pattern and we need to find out what each pattern is!

You need to think about what the pattern is between the first two pairs, and then complete the third pair in the same way.

Let’s look at an example:

What could be the special pattern below?

(extending, nets)     (attests, sets)       (cheaply, ____ )

If you look closely, you will notice that the second word is made up of the 5th, 4th and 3rd letters of the first word (in that order) and then an s is added onto the end.

We need to do the same for the word cheaply.

This gives us pea, then add the s and we get PEAS. YUM!

So the complete set of words would be:

(extending, nets)     (attests, sets)       (cheaply, peas)

Let’s try another:

Look at these word pairs.

Can you work out the special pattern and figure out which word comes next?

(cabled, able)          (trains, rain)      (smiles, ____ )

Did you notice that the first and last letters are being removed each time?

We need to do the same for smiles and this gives us the answer MILE.

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

Remember to check if any letters have been added or removed from the word.

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

Right, word detective, are you ready to have a go?

Here are groups of words:

[Appear, Pears], [Rewind, _____ ]

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:

[Unordinary, Ordinarily], [Uneasy, ______ ]

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:

[Faded, File], [Trees, ____ ]

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:

[Chosen, Shower], [Clones, ______ ]

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

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

Here are pairs of words:

[Hoof, Aloof], [Jive, _____ ]

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:

[Proud, Crowds,] [Trail, ______ ]

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

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

Nearly there, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

[Unlock, Leak], [Unpick, ____ ]

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:

[Boat, Floats], [Door, ______ ]

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:

[Copier, Happier], [Ripens, _______ ]

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 last question - well done!

Here are groups of words:

[Please, Treats], [Around, ______ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

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

• Question 1

Right, word detective, are you ready to have a go?

Here are groups of words:

[Appear, Pears], [Rewind, _____ ]

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
Winds
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first two letters removed and the letter 's' added at the end. Remember, letters can be both added and/or removed from the second word in each group.
• Question 2

Here are groups of words:

[Unordinary, Ordinarily], [Uneasy, ______ ]

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
Easily
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each group has had the prefix 'un' removed. It also has the last letter removed and replaced with 'ily'.
• Question 3

Here are groups of words:

[Faded, File], [Trees, ____ ]

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
Tile
EDDIE SAYS
A challenging one! The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and the second and third letters changed to 'il.
• Question 4

Here are groups of words:

[Chosen, Shower], [Clones, ______ ]

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

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Slower
EDDIE SAYS
Superstar effort! The second word in each group has had the first, fourth and sixth letters changed to 's', 'w' and 'r'.
• Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

[Hoof, Aloof], [Jive, _____ ]

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
Alive
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first letter removed and replaced with the letters 'a' and 'l'. You're halfway through now, great!
• Question 6

Here are groups of words:

[Proud, Crowds,] [Trail, ______ ]

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
Crawls
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each group has had the first and fourth letters changed to 'c' and 'w'. The letter 's' has also been added at the end.
• Question 7

Nearly there, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

[Unlock, Leak], [Unpick, ____ ]

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
Peak
EDDIE SAYS
Top effort! The second word in each group has had the prefix 'un' removed and the fourth and fifth letters changed to 'e' and 'a'.
• Question 8

Here are groups of words:

[Boat, Floats], [Door, ______ ]

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
Floors
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question? The second word in each group has had the first letter removed and replaced with the letter group 'fl'. An 's' is also added to the end of each word.
• Question 9

Here are groups of words:

[Copier, Happier], [Ripens, _______ ]

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
Happens
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first two letters removed and replaced with the group of letters 'hap'. Let's take a look at the last question!
• Question 10

The last question - well done!

Here are groups of words:

[Please, Treats], [Around, ______ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Trouts
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first two letters and the last two letters changed to 'tr' and 'ts. What a treat, this activity is now complete word detective!
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