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Jumbled Sentences Practice 3

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

'Jumbled Sentences Practice 3' 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:

 

fluttered the and my butterfly hand on delicate room around a landed 

 

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.

But

On

And

Around

My

Look at this sentence:

 

school for rehearsals will upcoming class be having play the our

 

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.

Upcoming

Class

Forthcoming

Rehearsals

Having

Look at this sentence:

 

packet corner biscuits fifty pounds the costs shop at chocolate a of pence

 

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.

Pence

Chocolate

Packet

Biscuits

Pounds

Look at this sentence:

 

balloons the disco decorated with school children the colourful the for hall toilet

 

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.

Hall

Disco

Decorated

Toilet

School

Look at this sentence:

 

the very England book I extremely am history about interesting reading of an

 

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.

Extremely

Book

Am

Very

About

Look at this sentence:

 

rubbish to recycle how today important our learnt about we why is it 

 

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.

How

Today

Why

Important

Recycle

Look at this sentence:

 

lemonade would some dozen make I that lemons, so make purchased a could 

 

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.

Could

Lemons,

Would

Dozen

I

Look at this sentence:

 

enormous the attempted to find way children their out maze of the our

 

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.

Our

The

Enormous

The

Their

Look at this sentence:

 

sunny going to discover that I delighted be to was it 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.

I

Delighted

Going

Was

To

Look at this sentence:

 

long far sprout I it how wonder will take this to for seed 

 

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.

Take

Far

Seed

Long

Sprout

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

fluttered the and my butterfly hand on delicate room around a landed 

 

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
But
EDDIE SAYS
Remember what to do here? Start by matching up groups of words: a delicate butterfly, on my hand, around the room. The subject of the sentence is the butterfly and it has two verbs to go with it fluttered and landed. What do you have so far? A delicate butterfly... fluttered... around the room... landed... on my hand. Just add the conjunction and into this sentence and you're there: A delicate butterfly fluttered around the room and landed on my hand. We could use the contraction but to join the two clauses, but this is usually used with subordinating clauses (i.e. those that do NOT agree) rather than with coordinating clauses.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

school for rehearsals will upcoming class be having play the our

 

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
Forthcoming
EDDIE SAYS
Let's sort this one out! What groups of words can we build? School play, will be having, rehearsals for and our class. The subject has to go with the verb will be having, which cannot relate to the school play but must be our class. So, now we have: Our class... will be having... rehearsals for.... the school play. All you have to do now is add in either upcoming or forthcoming - which makes more sense? Our class will be having rehearsals for the upcoming school play. Upcoming and forthcoming are synonyms, but upcoming works better grammatically in this sentence.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

packet corner biscuits fifty pounds the costs shop at chocolate a of pence

 

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
Pounds
EDDIE SAYS
Some yummy words here! Let's get sorting: a packet of, chocolate biscuits, fifty pounds/pence and the corner shop. The verb in the sentence is costs so the subject that goes with that will not be the shop, but will be the biscuits instead. Now we have: A packet of chocolate biscuits costs fifty pounds/pence at the corner shop. You need to use your common sense here... Is a packet of biscuits more likely to cost £50 or 50p? That's right, 50p so pounds is the odd word out. They would be pretty expensive biscuits otherwise!
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

balloons the disco decorated with school children the colourful the for hall toilet

 

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
Toilet
EDDIE SAYS
There are two possible options here, depending on the order you choose. However, we start by sorting out the groups of words as usual: colourful balloons and school disco. The verb in the sentence is decorated and the subject that must go with this verb is the children. We now have: The children decorated... colourful balloons... the school disco. Simply add in the remaining four words so it makes sense. You have a choice of adding the phrase 'for the school disco' first or 'with colourful balloons'. Both of these sentences make sense and are grammatically correct: - The children decorated the toilet/hall with colourful balloons for the school disco. - The children decorated the toilet/hall for the school disco with colourful balloons. Again, we must use our brains here. Will the students decorate a hall at school or a toilet for a school disco? I think you know the answer!
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

the very England book I extremely am history about interesting reading of an

 

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
Very
EDDIE SAYS
This one is quite tricky at first glance but let's break it down. What groups of words can we find? The history of England, extremely/very interesting and book about. The subject is I and the verb is am reading so we now have: I am reading... extremely/very interesting... book about... the history of England. Just a few small words to add and you have your sentence: I am reading an extremely interesting book about the history of England. The article we must use here is an, which tells us that we must use extremely rather than very. We would say: A very interesting book not AN very interesting book. Be on the lookout for helpful clues like this to help you!
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

rubbish to recycle how today important our learnt about we why is it 

 

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
How
EDDIE SAYS
An important message in this sentence - so let's try and decode it! What groups of words can we find? It is important and recycle rubbish. The verb is learnt and the subject is we. We now have: we learnt... it is important... recycle rubbish. It should be much easier to find places to add the remaining words so that the sentence makes sense now: Today we learnt about why it is important to recycle our rubbish. The students could have learned HOW to recycle, but this doesn't fit with the rest of the sentence so is the extra word here.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

lemonade would some dozen make I that lemons, so make purchased a could 

 

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
Would
EDDIE SAYS
Watch out for the comma! We know that there will be two clauses and that they will be separated by a comma, but the comma MUST stay attached to the same word (lemons). What is the conjunction provided? It is the word so. What else do we know? We know that the verbs available are purchased and could/would make, and the subject must be I. Also, the word dozen must go with the lemons as it is the only plural noun. Let's put all those clues together now: I purchased... a dozen lemons,... so that... I could/would make... some lemonade. YES - you have it! The second clause here is dependent, which means it is related to the first. I purchased lemons which had the result that I could make lemonade. The word could is conditional, whereas the word would is not. Therefore, the best fit here is could making would the extra word.
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

enormous the attempted to find way children their out maze of the our

 

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
This one looks a bit easier to sort out. What groups of words can we make? The children, enormous maze, out of and their/our way. The available verbs are attempted and to find and the subject is the children. Here we go: The children... attempted to find... their/our way... out of... the enormous maze. Done it! But what was the extra word? The group of children did not include us, so we need to use the pronoun their not our, making our the additional word provided which we don't need in this sentence.
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

sunny going to discover that I delighted be to was it 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
To
EDDIE SAYS
Don't get confused with all your verb tenses here! You have lots of verbs which need to be matched up: was delighted, to discover, it was going and to be. The subject is I. Let's try and put it all together! I was delighted... to discover... it was going... to be. You only have the words that and sunny to add now. Do you know where they should go? I was delighted to discover that it was going to be sunny. Did you spot that you had three to's here and not two? Not that's a tongue and brain twister!
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

long far sprout I it how wonder will take this to for seed 

 

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
Far
EDDIE SAYS
The final one - are you feeling confident? Can you match up the subjects with their verbs? They are I with wonder and this seed with sprout. You now have the beginning and end of the sentence and you just need to fill in the middle with the other words! The words how long it will take for make sense together, so add it in and see how your sentence looks. You've done it! I wonder how long it will take for this seed to sprout. So this makes far the extra word which is not required, as we are talking about the length of time not distance. Terrific work, word detective - you've really cracked these jumbled sentences now!
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