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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!

Ready to start, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Comfort, Force], [Nonslip, _____ ]

 

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:

 

[Doctor, Rote], [Itself, ____ ]

                                                                                                                                                                  

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:

 

[Planet, Pet], [Submit, ___ ]

 

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:

 

[Learned, Dent], [Unrisen, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Chosen, Closed], [Shower, ______ ]

 

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 another, word detective?

Here are groups of words:

 

[Heading, Hiding], [Weather, ______ ]

 

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:

 

[Chart, Shape], [Twins, _____ ]

 

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:

 

[Rotate, Late], [Strike, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Cloth, Slope], [Acorn, _____ ]

 

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 already, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Blank, Crane], [Flats, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

Ready to start, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Comfort, Force], [Nonslip, _____ ]

 

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
Slice
EDDIE SAYS
Super starting question! The second word in each group is made up of the fourth, fifth and sixth letters of the first word. The letters 'ce' are then added at the end.
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

[Doctor, Rote], [Itself, ____ ]

                                                                                                                                                                  

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
Flee
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each group is made up of the last three letters in the first word, spelt backwards. The letter 'e' is then added at the end.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Planet, Pet], [Submit, ___ ]

 

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
Sit
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the first letter and the last two letters of the first word. Fantastic work, word detective!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Learned, Dent], [Unrisen, ____ ]

 

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
Nest
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question? The second word in each group is made up of the last three letters of the first word, spelt backwards. The letter 't' is then added at the end.
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Chosen, Closed], [Shower, ______ ]

 

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
Slowed
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the second letter changed to an 'l' and the last letter changed to a 'd'. You're halfway through this activity already!
  • Question 6

Ready for another, word detective?

Here are groups of words:

 

[Heading, Hiding], [Weather, ______ ]

 

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
Wither
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work out this one? The second word has had the second and third letters swapped for an 'i'.
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

[Chart, Shape], [Twins, _____ ]

 

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
Swipe
EDDIE SAYS
Top effort! The second word in each group has had the first letter changed to an 's' and the last two letters changed to 'pe'.
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[Rotate, Late], [Strike, ____ ]

 

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
Like
EDDIE SAYS
Impressive word scrambling! The second word in each group is made up of the last three letters of the first word with the letter 'l' at the start.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Cloth, Slope], [Acorn, _____ ]

 

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
Scope
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first letter changed to an 's' and the last two letters changed to 'pe'. Let's take a peek at the last question!
  • Question 10

The last question already, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Blank, Crane], [Flats, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Crate
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first two letters changed to 'cr' and the last letter changed to an 'e'. Well done for all your fantastic word scrambling!
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