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Add Letters to Make a Complex Word Using Context

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.

'Add Letters to Make a Complex Word Using Context' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Partial Word

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi, word detective!

Our letter thief has been at it again!

 

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

The four 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  E X A _ _ _ _

 

 

The word has had four of its letters removed. What could these letters be?

 

The stolen letters make the word MINE and the word is EXAMINE.

 

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

B _ _ _ _ I N G

 

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

 

Clue Partial Word
 Cleaning your teeth    B _ _ _ _ I N G

 

What could the missing letters be that form a word themselves?

 

 

The missing letters make the word RUSH and the full word is BRUSHING.

 

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 forms a word on its own.

 

Psst! 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 finding those missing letters and remember that these letters also make a word on their own.

Look at this sentence:

 

There are nine TS in our school's dinner hall. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

You are WEL at my birthday party!

 

birthday cake

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

The postman will DER some letters. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

I put a PER on my cut. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

A large TING hung on the living room wall. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

She had to make an IMANT decision about what to do. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

The temperature was RI and it was getting hotter and hotter.

 

sun

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

I was SING to my teacher about my project because I needed some advice. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

Samira told me that she liked the BLET I was wearing on my wrist. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

I put my TERS on my feet to play basketball with my friends. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

There are nine TS in our school's dinner hall. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
ABLE
EDDIE SAYS
What do you find in a dinner hall? The word ABLE is part of the word TABLES. An option such as TRAINS would not be correct as the word does not fit the sentence.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

You are WEL at my birthday party!

 

birthday cake

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
COME
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The word COME is part of the longer word WELCOME. A word such as WELFARE would not be correct as it does not fit the clue.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

The postman will DER some letters. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
LIVE
EDDIE SAYS
Good try! The word LIVE is part of the word DELIVER. A word such as THUNDER would not be correct as THUN is not a word on its own and the longer word THUNDER does not fit the sentence.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

I put a PER on my cut. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
LAST
EDDIE SAYS
This one was tricky! The word LAST is part of the word PLASTER. A word such as TROOPER would not be correct as TROO is not a word and TROOPER does not fit the clue.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

A large TING hung on the living room wall. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
PAIN
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! The word PAIN is part of the word PAINTING. A word such as CHEATING would not be correct as CHEA is not a word and CHEATING does not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

She had to make an IMANT decision about what to do. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
PORT
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word PORT is part of the word IMPORTANT. Remember that the missing letters can be at the beginning of the word, in the middle of the word, or at the end. Let's see what the next question is!
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

The temperature was RI and it was getting hotter and hotter.

 

sun

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
SING
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! The word SING is part of the word RISING. A word such as RIDING would not be correct as DING is not a word and RIDING would not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

I was SING to my teacher about my project because I needed some advice. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
PEAK
EDDIE SAYS
How are you getting on? The word PEAK is part of the longer word SPEAKING. A word such as STARTING would not be correct as it does not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

Samira told me that she liked the BLET I was wearing on my wrist. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
RACE
EDDIE SAYS
The word RACE is part of the word BRACELET. Remember to use the sentence to help you to think of the correct word. There are not many things someone would wear on their wrist. Keep going, you have one question to go!
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

I put my TERS on my feet to play basketball with my friends. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
RAIN
EDDIE SAYS
The word RAIN is part of the word TRAINERS. A word such as BOOSTERS would not be correct as it does not make sense in the sentence. Guess what?! You've completed this activity! Well done, word wizard!
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