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Jumbled Sentences Practice 1

In this practice exercise, students will rearrange the words in a jumbled sentence and identify an extra word within timed conditions.

'Jumbled Sentences Practice 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Jumbled Sentences

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.

 

 

Let’s try one together as a reminder:

 

Look at the jumbled sentence below:

purrs my fur nose when I cat stroke silky her loudly

 

Can you work out how to un-jumble the words so that the sentence makes sense and identify the extra word?


First, we need to see if we can group any of the words together.

We can see that my cat and her silky fur go together.

 

Next, we need to look for any verbs and match them with their subjects.

The verbs in the sentence are: purrs and stroke.

Can you match these with the subjects which are: my cat and I?

Did you get my cat purrs and I stroke?

 

Let’s put that together and this gives us:

My cat purrs when I stroke her silky fur.

 

The extra word here must be nose, as we cannot include it in this sentence in any way which makes sense. 

 

 

Now it's time to begin this practice exercise.

Look at this sentence:

 

had astounded learn song to Jason talent was won contest that the he 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

Talent

Song

Jason

Won

Contest

Look at this sentence:

 

from centre the walk town short hotel just the is a away the

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.


Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

Centre

Walk

Is

A

The

Look at this sentence:

 

in family beach our the relaxed afternoon in on the

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.


Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

In

Our

Family

On

The

Look at this sentence:

 

treasure chest thought whether about not I search or for to 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.


Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

Search

To

Chest

I

For

Look at this sentence:

 

was selected the captain rugby Smith team football be to the Johnny of school's

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

Captain

Be

Football

Rugby

Smith

Look at this sentence:

 

his magician top pulled a extremely hat scarf out an the long of

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

An

Scarft

A

Magician

His

Look at this sentence:

 

 the tea mug biscuit dunked of a chocolate into her teacher 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

Her

Our

Of

The

A

Look at this sentence:

 

and the grabbed so seagull sandwich down swooped the boy's 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

And

Swooped

Boy's

So

Grabbed

Look at this sentence:

 

grandfather hefty a was clock there in the room the

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.


Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

There

Was

In

The

Hefty

Look at this sentence:

 

off crowd fireworks on big a gathered the watch to go 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

Off

On

Fireworks

To

Crowd

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

had astounded learn song to Jason talent was won contest that the he 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Song
EDDIE SAYS
Phew ... this looks a tricky one doesn't it? Where to start? Let's start with Jason since he is almost certainly the subject of the sentence. What verb could affect Jason? You could create 'Jason had won the talent contest' and you could also create 'he was astounded to learn' but it doesn't work if you put them together in that order. So, the sentence must start with another verb: Jason was astounded to learn that he had won the talent contest. Sometimes trial and error is the only way! So this makes song the extra word which is not required, as we cannot fit it into the sentence in any way which makes sense.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

from centre the walk town short hotel just the is a away the

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.


Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

CORRECT ANSWER
The
EDDIE SAYS
What did you make of this one? The subject of the sentence is either the hotel or the town centre, so it is possible to have two different versions of this sentence, depending on which subject you chose to place first. You have to look carefully to spot that we have three of the word the in this jumble, but we only need to use two! Did you spot that word detective?
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

in family beach our the relaxed afternoon in on the

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.


Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

CORRECT ANSWER
In
EDDIE SAYS
How are you getting on with these word detective? First, find the verb - relaxed. Now, who is doing the relaxing? It is either the family or our family. We need to say the beach rather than our beach, as beaches rarely belong to someone, so let's put our before family. This gives us: Our family relaxed on the beach... The rest of the sentence is easy to add now from this starting point. But you will find that we have two of the word in, while we only need to use one.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

treasure chest thought whether about not I search or for to 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.


Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Chest
EDDIE SAYS
Where do we start with this one? What is the subject of the sentence? It is either I or treasure. The verb is the word thought so the subject must be I since treasure cannot think! We now have the start of the sentence: I thought... The rest of the sentence should come easier now and there is a choice of answers depending on the order that you choose to put the words in. The words treasure and chest appear to go together but this is a red herring! The correct sentence is: I thought about whether to search for treasure or not. We didn't have an article present (a or the) so we could not use 'treasure chest' in the sentence as it needs to be accompanied by one of these.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

was selected the captain rugby Smith team football be to the Johnny of school's

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Rugby
EDDIE SAYS
Remember to look for the verb and the subject first. The verb is two words was selected and the subject is clearly Johnny Smith. Put those two together to start the sentence and the rest should fit into place. Our sentence should be: Johnny Smith was selected to be the captain of the school's football team. So this makes rugby the extra word which is not required, as we cannot fit it into the sentence in any way which makes sense.
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

his magician top pulled a extremely hat scarf out an the long of

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

CORRECT ANSWER
A
EDDIE SAYS
Right, word detective - how did you do with this one? Did you realise that the verb is pulled and that the subject is the magician? So, you have the start of the sentence: The magician pulled... Now all you have to do is decide what he pulled out and where he pulled it from! We should reach: The magician pulled an extremely long scarf out of his top hat. So this makes a the extra word which is not required. This was a little sneaky though, as you had to decide if the phrase 'extremely long scarf' needed to use the article a or an with it.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

 the tea mug biscuit dunked of a chocolate into her teacher 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

CORRECT ANSWER
Our
EDDIE SAYS
Ooh, this one is making me hungry! The verb is dunked and the subject is teacher. Should it be her teacher or the teacher? It could be either so there are two possible versions of this sentence which both make sense and are grammatically correct, either: The teacher dunked a chocolate biscuit into her mug of tea. Her teacher dunked a chocolate biscuit into the mug of tea. So this makes our the extra word which is not required, as we cannot fit it into either sentence in any way which makes sense.
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

and the grabbed so seagull sandwich down swooped the boy's 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

CORRECT ANSWER
So
EDDIE SAYS
The subject of this sentence has to be the seagull because it can't be the boy's sandwich as this is an object and cannot action the verbs described here. So, what does the seagull do? It swooped down and grabbed. The rest of the sentence should be easier to build now: The seagull swooped down and grabbed the boy's sandwich. So this makes so the extra word which is not required, as we cannot fit it into the sentence in any way which makes sense. You may have thought that it could have started the sentence: So the seagull swooped down and grabbed the boy's sandwich. This could be possible depending on the sentence preceding it, but we would not usually start a sentence with a dependent clause as it is not correct grammatically.
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

grandfather hefty a was clock there in the room the

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.


Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

CORRECT ANSWER
The
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this one? The verb is was and the subject is a grandfather clock, which is described as hefty. Sentences do quite often start with the two words there was or there is, so it's a good idea to try these words out at the beginning of your sentence just in case they fit. In this case, they do fit: There was a hefty grandfather clock in the room. So this makes the the extra word which is not required. We have one too many the's here!
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

off crowd fireworks on big a gathered the watch to go 

 

It doesn't make sense because the words have been jumbled up.

 

Write the sentence with the words in their correct places so you can identify the extra word which is not required.

CORRECT ANSWER
On
EDDIE SAYS
Are these getting any easier, do you think? Practice is the most important thing with these tricky sentences.
The verbs are gathered, to watch and go off/on. Who has gathered to watch? It has to be a crowd so that is the subject. The word big can't really be used to describe the fireworks so it must be describing the crowd. What is going on or off? It can only be the fireworks. Making our sentence: A big crowd gathered to watch the fireworks go off. Fireworks go off not on, so this means that on is our extra word here.
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