Word Connections 2

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Word Connections 2

Words can connect by being antonyms. An antonym is a word that means the opposite.

In this series of 11-plus verbal reasoning quizzes, you have to find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way. Choose the correct answer from the four choices available. The correct answer might be two opposites, two synonyms, or two words that share another characteristic.

Sometimes the two words which you need to find a partner for are verbs, and only an adverb will do, or sometimes both are nouns needing an adjective. This is where all your learning about parts of speech will come in handy!

Take your time, do your best and enjoy Word Connections quiz number 2.

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Example: Start is to (begin end today) as end is to (less finish send)

begin finish

begin send

end finish

today less

Answer: The correct answer is begin finish

begin is a synonym of start and finish is a synonym of end and the others are unrelated.
  1. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    Biologist is to (biology scientist laboratory) as botanist is to (travel experiment plants).
    The correct answer is biology plants because biology is what a biologist studies, while plants are studied by a botanist
  2. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    Surgeon is to (scrubs scalpel operation) as nun is to (uniform habit convent).
    The correct answer is scrubs habit because scrubs are what we call a surgeon's uniform, and nuns wear clothes called a habit
  3. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    Dog is to (horse cat canine) as horse is to (bird ride equine).
    The correct answer is canine equine because canine is the scientific class for dogs, and equine is the scientific class for horses. Do you know the scientific class for cats? Read on for the answer
  4. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    Happy is to (joy pleasure elated) as sad is to (desire miserable calm).
    The correct answer is elated miserable because happy and elated mean the same thing. Sad and miserable also mean the same thing so only elated miserable works
  5. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    Live is to (asleep active dead) as awake is to (alert asleep tired).
    The correct answer is dead asleep because they are the opposites of live and awake. Let's hope you never mistake asleep for dead!
  6. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    Anxious is to (fretful thought restful) as loving is to (believe delighted kind).
    The correct answer is fretful kind because fretful is another word for anxious or worried, and kind is another word for loving
  7. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    Fabulous is to (story mystery fable) as incredible is to (believable credible doubt).
    The correct answer is fable credible because they are both the root word for the words they partner. Fabulous comes from fable and incredible comes from credible. The puzzle in question 3? The scientific class for cats is feline
  8. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    Bit is to (piece bitten peace) as lots is to (number few many).
    The correct answer is piece many because piece means the same thing as bit, and many means the same as lots. Number is close, but you could have a number of books without it being a lot!
  9. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    History is to (subject documents king) as Maths is to (sum book numbers).
    The correct answer is documents numbers because History is the study of documents, and Maths is the study of numbers
  10. Find TWO words, ONE from each set in brackets below that will complete the sentence in the most sensible way.
    Fear is to (brave courage dread) as rise is to (top above fall).
    The correct answer is courage fall because courage is the opposite of fear and fall is the opposite of rise. Well done! You have now finished the second in the series of four Word Connections quizzes, which means you are half way there, if you are doing them in order. Skip forward now to number 3!

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