Alphabetical Sorting 01
In an alphabetical sort 'butter' comes before 'butterfly'.

Alphabetical Sorting 01

Alphabetical sorting is to order words according to the alphabet. To put words into alphabetical order, start with the first letter of each word nearest the letter 'a'. If two words start with the same letter, look at the second letter of each and so on.

Alphabetising seems so straightforward when it is first being taught: A is for Apple, B is for Banana, C is for Cherry.... But it gets more difficult once you begin alphabetising words which begin with the same letter, or letters. What if all of the first letters are the same? Can you alphabetise these: superbly, super, superb? If you compare the first, second, third, fourth and fifth letters of a set of words and they are each the same, the shortest word will come first. So the correct order for these words is super, superb, superbly. Easy, right?

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  1. Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
    The fourth letter of "angered" and "angry" decides the order
  2. Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
    Alphabetical order would be flash/follow/full
  3. Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
    The correct alphabetical order would be voice/voiced/voices
  4. Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
    Look at the third, then fourth, then fifth letters here
  5. Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
    You have to look at the fourth letter of "added" and "additional" to decide the order
  6. Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
    The fifth letter of "jogged" and "jogging" decides the order
  7. Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
    Quota/quotation/quote would be the correct alphabetical order
  8. Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
    The eighth letter of each word decides the order here!
  9. Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
    Vet/veto/vetted is the correct alphabetical order
  10. Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
    Third letter of "exclamation" and "exit" decides the order

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