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Word Connections Practice 2

In this practice exercise, students will look for various connections and select the most appropriate word from each set of brackets to best complete sentences, under timed conditions.

'Word Connections Practice 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Exam-Style Questions: Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Exam-Style Questions: Word Connections

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The following activity is a practice exercise to help you measure your success under timed conditions. 

If you are unsure of an answer move on to the next question.  You should come back to questions you found difficult at the end if you have time.  

 

We must pick one word from each set of brackets that can be connected to the word in front of it in the same way.  

Which words from the sets of brackets would best finish this sentence?

Dog is to (lead, kennel, cat) as hamster is to (gerbil, water, cage).

 

First, we need to find a connection between dog and one of the words in brackets.

Dog is connected to lead as this is used to walk it. Dog is connected to kennel as this is where it lives, and also to cat as they are opposites.  

 

We need to see if one of these connections can be made with hamster and the words in brackets.

A hamster lives in a cage, so we have found the connection! It’s the place where these animals live.

 

Now it's time to begin this practice exercise.  Good luck!

 

Underline the correct answer.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Unappetising is to (palatable, satiated, thirst) as flourishing is to (increasing, maximising, languishing).

Palatable, Satiated, Thirst, Increasing, Maximising, Languishing

Select the correct connection below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Meticulous is to (precise, unobservant, lax) as intangible is to (flavoursome, untouchable, buoyant).

Type the correct answers from the brackets in the boxes below.

 

Ostentatious is to (conspicuous, pretentious, extensive) as prominent is to (distinguished, unique, frivolous).

 Ostentatious is toAs Prominent is toNot Relevant
Conspicuous
Pretentious
Extensive
Distinguished
Unique
Frivolous

Underline the correct answers from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Scripture is to (legible, scrupulous, religion) as hypothesis is to (revelations, experimentation, frenzied).

 

Legible, Scrupulous, Religion, Revelations, Experimentation, Frenzied

Select the correct connection from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Subterfuge is to (integrity, interrogate, expulsion) as unfathomable is to (unmeasured, comprehensive, preposterous).

Integrity

Interrogate

Expulsion

Unmeasured

Comprehensive

Preposterous

Underline the correct connection. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Honoured is to (vulnerable, varnished, venerated) as fashionable is to (envied, contemporary, antique).

 

 

Vulnerable, Varnished, Venerated, Envied, Contemporary, Antique

Select the correct options below, one word from each set of brackets.

 

Novelty is to (derelict, inaugurate, innocuous) as recollections are to (precarious, reprimand, reminisce).  

Derelict

Inaugurate

Innocuous

Precarious

Reprimand

Reminisce

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets. 

Be sure to use just one space between the two words so that you are not marked incorrectly. 

 

Gregarious is to (introvert, extrovert, extravagance) as insight is to (inception, ignorance, invigorate).  

Introvert

Extrovert

Extravagance

Inception

Ignorance

Invigorate

Choose one word from each set of brackets to make the connection. 

 

Besieged is to (overpowered, contained, liberation) as negligent is to (diverge, diligent, negligible).

 

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Destitute is to (deprivation, sincere, turbulent) as lucrative is to (pioneer, reprimand, prosperous).

Deprivation, Sincere, Turbulent, Pioneer, Reprimand, Prosperous
  • Question 1

Underline the correct answer.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Unappetising is to (palatable, satiated, thirst) as flourishing is to (increasing, maximising, languishing).

CORRECT ANSWER
Palatable, Satiated, Thirst, Increasing, Maximising, Languishing
EDDIE SAYS
Did you know that your palate is to do with your ability to taste different flavours? Something that is palatable is pleasing to your palate. So this would be an opposite for unappetising.
To find the opposite in the second brackets, we need to know that flourishing means that something is doing really well.
Increasing would be a synonym and maximising doesn't seem to connect, leaving us with languishing - which is another way of saying failing.
  • Question 2

Select the correct connection below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Meticulous is to (precise, unobservant, lax) as intangible is to (flavoursome, untouchable, buoyant).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
If you have a great eye for detail, you are a meticulous person. It means you're very precise. Can we spot a synonym for the second connection?
Something touchable, is tangible - so something intangible is the opposite - untouchable. Let's try another one, word detective!
  • Question 3

Type the correct answers from the brackets in the boxes below.

 

Ostentatious is to (conspicuous, pretentious, extensive) as prominent is to (distinguished, unique, frivolous).

CORRECT ANSWER
 Ostentatious is toAs Prominent is toNot Relevant
Conspicuous
Pretentious
Extensive
Distinguished
Unique
Frivolous
EDDIE SAYS
An ostentatious person is someone showing off to others, when maybe they're not all that impressive anyway! You could also call them pretentious, so this is another synonym connection.
Someone who is prominent actually does have some importance, unlike our pretentious person! So the synonym for prominent would be distinguished.
  • Question 4

Underline the correct answers from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Scripture is to (legible, scrupulous, religion) as hypothesis is to (revelations, experimentation, frenzied).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Legible, Scrupulous, Religion, Revelations, Experimentation, Frenzied
EDDIE SAYS
Scriptures are religious books, so the only word they relate to from our first set of brackets is religion.
We need to think about when we might encounter hypotheses. This would be in science - and the closest word to science is experimentation.
  • Question 5

Select the correct connection from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Subterfuge is to (integrity, interrogate, expulsion) as unfathomable is to (unmeasured, comprehensive, preposterous).

CORRECT ANSWER
Integrity
Comprehensive
EDDIE SAYS
Don't worry if you had to look up a few of these words in the dictionary!
If you look up subterfuge, you will see it is to do with cheating. We can spot integrity, meaning honesty, as an antonym. So we will need an antonym for unfathomable. This means something is difficult to understand or work out - so we can now spot that comprehensive, meaning understandable, would be our antonym.
  • Question 6

Underline the correct connection. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Honoured is to (vulnerable, varnished, venerated) as fashionable is to (envied, contemporary, antique).

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Vulnerable, Varnished, Venerated, Envied, Contemporary, Antique
EDDIE SAYS
Venerated is another way of saying someone is admired or honoured, so we are looking for synonyms here.
Have you ever heard of contemporary art or dance? It means modern, or fashionable.
  • Question 7

Select the correct options below, one word from each set of brackets.

 

Novelty is to (derelict, inaugurate, innocuous) as recollections are to (precarious, reprimand, reminisce).  

CORRECT ANSWER
Inaugurate
Reminisce
EDDIE SAYS
When something is new, you might have heard it described as being a novelty. So we need to look for a connection with newness. When something, or someone, is inaugurated, they are introduced - so they are new.
So now we need to detect a link between a recollection, and a verb that shows something is being remembered. That would be reminisce.
  • Question 8

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets. 

Be sure to use just one space between the two words so that you are not marked incorrectly. 

 

Gregarious is to (introvert, extrovert, extravagance) as insight is to (inception, ignorance, invigorate).  

CORRECT ANSWER
Introvert
Ignorance
EDDIE SAYS
Gregarious could connect to introvert as an antonym, or extrovert and extravagance as a synonym. So we will need to rely on the second set of brackets here.
The only word that links to insight is ignorance, which is the opposite meaning, so we must need to take introvert from the first set of brackets.
  • Question 9

Choose one word from each set of brackets to make the connection. 

 

Besieged is to (overpowered, contained, liberation) as negligent is to (diverge, diligent, negligible).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You might have heard of the word siege from history. When a town, city, or castle is besieged, it is held captive. We can spot an antonym for that, as liberation means freedom.
So if there is an antonym for negligent, we have our connection - it means to take little care over something, whereas diligent means taking care and putting effort into something.
This is our opposite! Let's try another one.
  • Question 10

Underline the correct connection.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Destitute is to (deprivation, sincere, turbulent) as lucrative is to (pioneer, reprimand, prosperous).

CORRECT ANSWER
Deprivation, Sincere, Turbulent, Pioneer, Reprimand, Prosperous
EDDIE SAYS
Destitute is a way of saying something is extremely poor, making somewhere a place of deprivation. Can you spot a synonym for lucrative?
Something lucrative makes you money - you might hear of people saying they have made a lucrative deal. So, we can make our connection with prosperous.
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