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Add a Four-Letter Word to Create a New Word

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing letters in a word. They will be given clues and synonyms to help them. It will develop students’ vocabulary, problem solving and spelling skills.

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'Add a Four-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 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:



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.


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.


edplace 11+ detective

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.

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