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Add a Four-Letter Word to Create a New Complex 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.

'Add a Four-Letter Word to Create a New Complex Word' 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  EXA

 

The word has had four of its letters removed.

 

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

 

 

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:

BING

 

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

 

Clue Partial Word
 Cleaning your teeth    BING

 

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

 

 

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 form a word on their 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

  • 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
ABLE
EDDIE SAYS
To start with, ask yourself: What do you usually find in a school dinner hall? There is 'nine' of these items present, so we know that the -S ending probably indicates the plural. If we add the four letter word ABLE between the starting T- and the ending -S, we can create the word TABLES. Does that word make sense here, word detective? Another option, such as adding RAIN to create TRAINS, could be created but would not work well with the rest of the sentence provided. With these questions, we are looking for a word which can be created by adding a real, four-letter word plus makes sense in the context. Let's try another one now...
  • 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
COME
EDDIE SAYS
The statement here is directed to 'you' and mentions a 'birthday party' - any ideas? The word COME can be added at the end to create the mystery word WELCOME. A word such as WELFARE (created by adding the four-letter word FARE), would not be correct as it does not match the context of the rest of the sentence.
  • 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
LIVE
EDDIE SAYS
What does a 'postman' usually do with 'some letters'? He DELIVERs them, of course! Which four-letter word do we need to add to the starting letters DER to create this word? We need to add the word LIVE after the first two letters DE-, and before the ending letter -R. A word such as THUNDER would not be correct, as THUN is not a word on its own and the word THUNDER does not fit in this 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
LAST
EDDIE SAYS
This one was tricky! What would you normally apply if you had 'cut' your hand or another part of your body? The word LAST is part of the mystery word PLASTER. A word such as TROOPER could be created, but would not be correct, as TROO is not a word on its own and TROOPER does not work as the missing word in the sentence provided. On to the next mystery detective!
  • 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
PAIN
EDDIE SAYS
What noun would usually be hung on a wall? Some options would be a photo, a picture or a painting. The word PAIN is part of the mystery word PAINTING, which is the only option which works with the letters provided. A word such as CHEATING could be created, but would not be correct as CHEA is not a word on its own and CHEATING does not make sense when added to this sentence. Wow, you are halfway through the cases in this activity already word detective - keep up the great work!
  • 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
PORT
EDDIE SAYS
This time the secret word is not essential in our sentence, as it already makes sense without it. Therefore, it must be an adjective which provides extra detail, but is not essential to the meaning. The use of the article 'an' is a key clue, as it tells us that the word proceeding this starts with a vowel. What word could be used to describe a 'decision' which 'had to' be made? The missing word PORT is part of the mystery adjective IMPORTANT. Remember that the missing letters can be placed at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the starting letters, but it must be kept together.
  • 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
SING
EDDIE SAYS
We know that the 'temperature was... getting hotter and hotter' - what is another word for this? The word SING is part of the missing word RISING. A word such as RIDING could be created, but would not be correct as DING is not a word on its own and RIDING would not make sense in this sentence. We don't say that the temperature is RIDING, do we?!
  • 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
PEAK
EDDIE SAYS
If you need some advice on a project, what verb would describe the action you would be conducting with your teacher? The word PEAK is part of the longer word SPEAKING, which makes sense in this context, doesn't it? A word such as STARTING could be created by adding the four-letter word TART, but it would not be correct as it does not make sense in this 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
RACE
EDDIE SAYS
What can be worn on the 'wrist'? A BRACELET! The word RACE is the four-letter word missing from the starting letters in this case. Remember to use the sentence to help you to think of the correct word. In this case, there are not many things which someone would wear on their wrist. Keep going; you have just one more case to crack!
  • 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

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
RAIN
EDDIE SAYS
What do you wear on your feet to play sport? The word RAIN is part of the mystery word TRAINERS. A word such as BOOSTERS would not be correct, as it does not make sense in this sentence and cannot be created by inserting a four-letter word. Guess what?! You've completed this activity! Well done, word wizard!
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