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Complete the Word Pair Using Complex Word Relationships

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.

'Complete the Word Pair Using Complex Word Relationships ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Scrambles

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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!

 

peas

 

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, ____ )                      

 

smiling biscuit

 

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!

 

You know what to do, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Handling, Hangs], [Contrast, _____ ]

 

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 another one!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Curtains, Cure], [Tortilla, ____ ]

   

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:

 

[Janitor, Tins], [Integrate, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Automatic, At], [Emotional, __ ]

 

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 pairs of words:

 

[Satisfying, Site], [Important, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Admission, Road], [Sentence, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Spokesman, Span], [Dedicated, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Candidate, Ten], [Afternoon, ___ ]

 

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:

 

[Facilitate, Face], [Leadership, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

Ready for the final question, word scrambler?

Here are groups of words:

 

[Articles, Are], [Personal, ___ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

You know what to do, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Handling, Hangs], [Contrast, _____ ]

 

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
Costs
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the first two letters and last two letters of the first word. The letter 's' is then added at the end. This activity is a mixed bag of word scrambles! Great!
  • Question 2

And another one!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Curtains, Cure], [Tortilla, ____ ]

   

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
Tore
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the first three letters of the first word. The letter 'e' is then added at the end. Super!
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Janitor, Tins], [Integrate, ____ ]

 

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
Gets
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the third, fourth and fifth letters of the first word, spelt backwards. The letter 's' is then added at the end.
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Automatic, At], [Emotional, __ ]

 

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
On
EDDIE SAYS
Short and sweet! The second word in each group is made up of the sixth and seventh letters of each word. How are you getting on?
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Satisfying, Site], [Important, ____ ]

 

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
Rope
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? The second word in each group is made up of the third, fourth and fifth letters, spelt backwards. The letter 'e' is then added at the end.
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[Admission, Road], [Sentence, ____ ]

 

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
Rose
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work out this one? The second word in each group is made up of the letters 'ro' and the first two letters of the first word. You're nearly done, word detective.
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

[Spokesman, Span], [Dedicated, ____ ]

 

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
Deed
EDDIE SAYS
Top effort! The second word in each group is made up of the first two letters and the last two letters of the first word.
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[Candidate, Ten], [Afternoon, ___ ]

 

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
One
EDDIE SAYS
Impressive word scrambling! The second word in each group is made up of the last two letters of the first word, with the letter 'e' added at the end.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Facilitate, Face], [Leadership, ____ ]

 

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
Leap
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the first three letters of the first word and the last letter of the first word joined together. Are there any words here that are new to you? If so, remember to make a note of them and look them up in a dictionary to find out what they mean. Let's have a look at the last question!
  • Question 10

Ready for the final question, word scrambler?

Here are groups of words:

 

[Articles, Are], [Personal, ___ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Pea
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the first, second and seventh letters of the first word. Yippee, you have now completed this activity! Great work, word scrambler!
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