VR - Moving a Letter to Make New Words

Here are some standard wordy questions. We’ll start with the sort where you have to move a letter from one word and place it into another to make a new word while leaving a proper word. For instance we could take the ‘i’ from the word ‘fair’ (leaving the word ‘far’) and put it into the word ‘plan’ to make the word ‘plain’.

Example

Find the letter which can be taken from the word on the left and put into the word on the right, leaving two proper words. You may not otherwise re-arrange the letters.

House Pond

The removal of the letter ‘u’ from ‘house’ would leave us with the word ‘hose’. Transferring it to the word ‘pond’ would create the word ‘pound’.

Technique tip:

Your child will be using a pencil to complete the test. This can be very easily used to provide an aid to answering the question. Place the tip of the pencil to cover the first letter of the word on the left and see whether the remaining letters create a word. If so, look at the word on the right and see whether or not the letter you’ve covered can be added to make a new word. If so, you’ve found the answer; if not, move the pencil along and cover the second letter of the word on the left and so on. Repeat until you find the answer.

Example 2

Find the letter which can be taken from the word on the left and put into the word on the right, leaving two proper words. You may not otherwise re-arrange the letters.

Halve Boat

Ensure your child is using their pencil to cover the ‘h’ of ‘halve’ and let them see whether the remaining letters form a word. As they don’t, move onto the ‘a’. After testing all the letters you would find that the ‘l’ and the ‘v’ could both be taken out and leave words. ‘Have’ is a perfectly normal word and ‘hale’ is an unusual word which would seem very improbable as an answer in a test for children. Therefore let’s try transferring the ‘l’. It could be put in to ‘boat’ to make ‘bloat’ which is also a word and ‘l’ is therefore the correct answer.

Technique tip:

If you have decided on one or more possible answers from the word on the left but can’t find where it fits into the word on the right, write out the possible combinations it would create. This will give a visual, rather than mental, image of the word. Sometimes the addition of the letter will change the sound of the word completely and that can be missed when you’re not able to see it written down.

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