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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:

 

Lucas was very INTEED in learning about how machines work. 

 

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?

 

Remember that the missing letters can be at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a word.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

The film will be SING in a few minutes. 

 

film

 

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 think that he is a very NTED artist. 

 

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 old man was TLED by a knock at the door. 

 

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:

 

Emma was DEINED to learn how to sew.

 

sewing machine

 

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:

 

He was very KFUL for the gift he had received. 

 

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 think I am the EST person in my family because my room is very tidy. 

 

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:

 

There were many SS at the market, including a fruit and vegetable one. 

 

market

 

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:

 

Dad was KING about what to make for dinner. 

 

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 ISTS went sightseeing around the city. 

 

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:

 

Lucas was very INTEED in learning about how machines work. 

 

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?

 

Remember that the missing letters can be at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a word.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
REST
EDDIE SAYS
That's the first one done. How did you do? The word REST is part of the longer word INTERESTED. Remember that the four letters must make a word on their own.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

The film will be SING in a few minutes. 

 

film

 

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
TART
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The word TART is part of the word STARTING. Remember that the four letters have to make a word on their own and that the longer word has to fit the sentence. This means an option such as STINGING would not be correct.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

I think that he is a very NTED artist. 

 

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
TALE
EDDIE SAYS
The word TALE is part of the word TALENTED. Just like you! Remember that the missing letters can go at the front of the word, in the middle or at the end.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

The old man was TLED by a knock at the door. 

 

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
STAR
EDDIE SAYS
The word STAR is part of the word STARTLED. The word TROUBLED could fit the clue but the letters ROUB do not make a word on their own.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

Emma was DEINED to learn how to sew.

 

sewing machine

 

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
TERM
EDDIE SAYS
A bit of a tricky one! The word TERM is part of the longer word DETERMINED.
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

He was very KFUL for the gift he had received. 

 

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
THAN
EDDIE SAYS
Great try! The word THAN is part of the longer word THANKFUL. Remember to use the clues to help you. In this case, receiving a gift helps you to think of the word THANKFUL.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

I think I am the EST person in my family because my room is very tidy. 

 

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
NEAT
EDDIE SAYS
The word NEAT is part of the longer word NEATEST. Other options such as TALLEST or CALMEST would not fit the sentence. Are you the neatest person in your family?
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

There were many SS at the market, including a fruit and vegetable one. 

 

market

 

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
TALL
EDDIE SAYS
That was a really tough one! The word TALL is part of the longer word STALLS. You could not have an answer such as STANDS as TAND does not make a word on its own.
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

Dad was KING about what to make for dinner. 

 

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
THIN
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work out this one? The word THIN is part of the word THINKING. You could not have words such as BLINKING or STINKING as BLIN and STIN are not words and BLINKING and STINKING do not fit the sentence.
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

The ISTS went sightseeing around the city. 

 

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
TOUR
EDDIE SAYS
The word TOUR is part of the word TOURISTS. An option such as CHEMISTS would not be right as CHEM is not a word and the word CHEMISTS does not fit the sentence. This activity is now done, I hope you had a lot of fun!
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