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Add a Three-Letter Word to Create a New Word

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing letters of a word. They will use the context of the given sentence to help them. It will develop students’ comprehension, spelling and problem solving skills.

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'Add a Three-Letter Word to Create a New Word' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Partial Word

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Hi, word detective!

Our letter thief has been at it again!

The thief has stolen three letters from a word but they have left a clue behind to help us figure out what the word is.

The three letters make a real word themselves.

The clue is a synonym, which is a word with a very similar meaning.

Let’s have a look at the partial word:


Synonym  Partial Word
Investigate EXPL


The word has had three of its letters removed.

What could these letters be and where could they have been removed from? 


magnifying glass


The stolen letters make the word ORE and the word is EXPLORE.

Here is another word with three missing letters which make a word themselves:



This time, the thief has left behind a different kind of clue:


Clue Partial Word
A long running event MAHON


What could the missing letters be that form a word themselves and where could they have been removed from?




The missing letters make the word RAT and the full word is MARATHON.


In this activity, you will be a word detective and work out the missing letters in partial words.

This time, each of the sets of letters missing, also form a word on their own.

The thief has left you a clue or a synonym for each word; this will help you to work out what the full word is.


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

You can use a thesaurus to help you if you get stuck.


Good luck locating those missing letters and remember that they also make a word on their own!

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