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Partial Word Practice 1

In this practice exercise, students will work out the missing letters of a word. They will use the context of the given sentence to help them. It will develop students’ comprehension, spelling and problem-solving skills, under timed conditions.

'Partial Word Practice 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Partial Word

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. 

 

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.

 

 

Here is a word with four missing letters which make a word themselves:

BING

 

The thief has left behind this 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.

 

 

Now it’s time to begin this practice exercise. 


Good luck!

Look at this sentence:

 

Lucas was very INTEED in learning about how machines work. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

The film will be SING in a few minutes. 

 

film

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

I think that he is a very NTED artist. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

The old man was TLED by a knock at the door. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

Emma was DEINED to learn how to sew.

 

sewing machine

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

Ryan was very KFUL for the gift he had received. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

I think I am the EST person in my family because my room is very tidy. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

There were many SS at the market, including a fruit and vegetable one. 

 

market

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

Dad was KING about what to make for dinner. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

The ISTS went sightseeing around the city. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

Lucas was very INTEED in learning about how machines work. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
REST
EDDIE SAYS
Lucas wants to 'learn... about how machines work' - how would you describe him then? As we are describing an emotion, it makes sense that this word will have an -ED ending. Therefore, it seems likely that the four-letter word will be inserted before the -ED ending in the starting letters INTEED, as we cannot have two Es next to each other. Which word starts with 'INTE-' which would describe someone who wants to learn about machines? The word REST is part of the missing word INTERESTED. Remember that the four letters must make a word on their own to be the correct answer, plus the word created must make sense in the context of the rest of the sentence provided.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

The film will be SING in a few minutes. 

 

film

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
TART
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? What will 'the film' be doing in 'a few minutes'? You may have thought that the word SHOWING would make sense here, and it does. However, we would only need to add a three-letter word to create this word (HOW), so this doesn't work. What's a similar word to 'showing', which would work in this sentence? The word TART is part of the missing word STARTING.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

I think that he is a very NTED artist. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
TALE
EDDIE SAYS
What is an adjective which is commonly used to describe artists? The word TALE is part of the longer word TALENTED - just like you! Remember that the missing letters can go at the front, in the middle or at the end of the starting letters.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

The old man was TLED by a knock at the door. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
STAR
EDDIE SAYS
If there was a knock at the door, how would you react? The word STAR is part of the mystery word STARTLED. The word TROUBLED could fit well in this sentence, but the letters ROUB do not make a word on their own so cannot be the correct answer.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

Emma was DEINED to learn how to sew.

 

sewing machine

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
TERM
EDDIE SAYS
A bit of a tricky one here! We know that Emma wanted 'to learn how to sew'. The secret word here describes the strength of her emotion - which words would work? She could be DESPERATE, but this word cannot be created from these starting letters. The missing word TERM is part of the longer word DETERMINED - this word describes the strength of Emma's feelings, doesn't it?
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

Ryan was very KFUL for the gift he had received. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
THAN
EDDIE SAYS
If you had received a gift, how would you feel? Perhaps you thought GRATEFUL was a good description, but this word cannot be created from these starting letters. The word THAN can be added to create the new word THANKFUL.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

I think I am the EST person in my family because my room is very tidy. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
NEAT
EDDIE SAYS
The rest of the sentence here tells us that we are looking for a superlative, which means an adjective or adverb that expresses the highest possible degree. Here, the speaker has a very tidy room, so that makes them the best at what in their family? The word NEAT is part of the longer word NEATEST. TIDIEST would work in meaning, but the four letters TIDI do not make a word on their own.
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

There were many SS at the market, including a fruit and vegetable one. 

 

market

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
TALL
EDDIE SAYS
Ask yourself: What do you usually see a lot of at a market? And what could have different types, that include a 'fruit and vegetable one'? The word TALL is part of the missing word STALLS.
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

Dad was KING about what to make for dinner. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
THIN
EDDIE SAYS
As the word 'was' has been used, this is a clue which tells us that we are looking for a verb with the -ING ending. So what was dad doing? He was THINKING about what to make for dinner! So we need to add the four-letter word THIN to the start of KING to create this new, longer word.
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

The ISTS went sightseeing around the city. 

 

The word in capital letters has had four of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

Type the four-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
TOUR
EDDIE SAYS
Who goes 'sightseeing around' a 'city'? TOURISTS, of course! The word TOUR should be added, therefore, before the starting letters ISTS.
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