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Add Missing Letters to Make a Word Using Clues

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.

'Add Missing Letters to Make a Word Using Clues' 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. 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.

 

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.

Here is part of a word:

ING

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A time of the day that comes after the afternoon.

 

clock

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

ON

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Class.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

RSE

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Go backwards.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

PL

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You will say this if you are asking for something nicely.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

TH

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

String.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

BY

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Not far.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

RE

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word? 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Remember.

 

girl thinking

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

AB

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word.

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

In another country.

 

globe

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

SD

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Frightened.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

NOG

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Zero.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

ING

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A time of the day that comes after the afternoon.

 

clock

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
EVEN
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find the word? The word EVEN is part of the word EVENING. MORNING is also a time of the day but it does not come after the afternoon.
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

ON

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Class.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
LESS
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The word LESS is part of the word LESSON. Other words are possible, such as ACTION but we need to find the word that fits the clue.
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

RSE

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Go backwards.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
EVER
EDDIE SAYS
Great detective work! The missing word EVER is part of the word REVERSE. REALISE is also a word but EALI does not make a word on its own and doesn't fit the clue.
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

PL

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You will say this if you are asking for something nicely.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
EASE
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word EASE is part of the word PLEASE. PLANET is also a word but the letters ANET do not make a word on their own and PLANET would not fit the clue.
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

TH

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

String.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
READ
EDDIE SAYS
Good try! The word READ is part of the word THREAD. An option such as THUMPS would not be correct as UMPS is not a word and THUMPS is not a synonym for 'string'.
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

BY

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Not far.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 
CORRECT ANSWER
NEAR
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the word? The missing word NEAR is part of the word NEARBY. There are other options like GRUBBY but these would not fit the clue.
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

RE

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word? 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Remember.

 

girl thinking

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
CALL
EDDIE SAYS
A challenging one. The word CALL is part of the word RECALL. Interesting that RECALL and REMEMBER both have the same prefix, RE-.
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

AB

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word.

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

In another country.

 

globe

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
ROAD
EDDIE SAYS
Nice try! The missing word ROAD is part of the word ABROAD. An option such as ABJECT would not be correct as JECT is not a word and ABJECT does not fit the clue.
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

SD

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Frightened.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
CARE
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word CARE is part of the word SCARED. An answer such as STARED would not be correct as TARE is not a word and STARED is not a synonym for 'frightened'. Let's see what the final question is!
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

NOG

 

It has had four of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Zero.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
THIN
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word THIN is part of the word NOTHING. There are other options such as NOBODY but these are incorrect as the answer has to fit the clue. Mission complete, you've completed this activity!
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