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?

Below 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 together now.

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 investigate another example now.

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!