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Compound Words 1

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Compound Words 1

Compound words are those made of two or more words.

In this series of 11-plus verbal reasoning quizzes you have to find one word from each group of words in brackets that together makes one correctly spelled word. The letters must not be rearranged. The word from the first group will always be used first.

Choose one answer from the four choices available. We have given you an example below so take a look at this first before moving onto the questions.

See if you can get full marks in this first quiz on compound words.

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Example: Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(hand finger toe) (sun some son)

hand son
hand sun
finger some
hand some

The correct answer is hand some because hand and some together make the compound word handsome.
1.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(home hand life) (time tick tock)
home time
hand tock
life tick
life time
The correct answer is life time because life and time together make the compound word lifetime
2.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(kick moon butter) (where light pass)
kick pass
butter light
moon light
moon pass
The correct answer is moon light because moon and light together make the compound word moonlight. In the past, people believed that moonlight made people crazy, so we got the idea of 'moon madness'. The word lunar, which means 'to do with the moon' is where we get the word 'lunatic'!
3.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(lance dagger spear) (moss flies mint)
lance mint
dagger flies
spear moss
spear mint
The correct answer is spear mint because spear and mint together make the compound word spearmint. My favourite chewing gum flavour!
4.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(they them their) (self day selves)
they day
them self
them selves
their self
The correct answer is them selves because them and selves together make the compound word themselves. Don't get mixed up with your pronouns! There is no such thing as theirselves, even though we hear people use this
5.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(by my lay) (wall wind pass)
by wall
by pass
lay pass
my wind
The correct answer is by pass because by and pass together make the compound word bypass. To bypass something means to avoid it, or go around it. Thank goodness the fourth choice was not correct!
6.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(dish spoon cup) (bottle board can)
dish can
spoon board
cup bottle
cup board
The correct answer is cup board because cup and board together make the compound word cupboard. This should give you an idea of where the word comes from. In the past it was literally a board to hang your cups on. Later doors were added and we had the cupboard!
7.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(heap wide long) (right wine spread)
wide spread
wide right
long spread
heap wine
The correct answer is wide spread because wide and spread together make the compound word widespread. Widespread means 'covering a wide area'
8.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(ham pork chicken) (slice chop burger)
ham burger
pork slice
chicken chop
chicken burger
The correct answer is ham burger because ham and burger together make the compound word hamburger. It was tempting to choose chicken burger, but that would not be a compound word. Tasty, but not compound!
9.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(air under stand) (port court back)
under back
air port
under port
stand court
The correct answer is air port because air and port together make the compound word airport. Do you know the busiest airport in the world? Pay attention to the answer in question 10 to find out
10.
Which two words together can make a new, compound word? Choose one word from each group below and select the correct answer from the four choices available.

(feel hand touch) (round under down)
feel round
hand down
touch under
touch down
The correct answer is touch down because touch and down together make the compound word touchdown. In answer to the puzzle in question 9, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest airport, transporting nearly 100,000,000 (that's one hundred million) passengers each year
Author:  Stephen O'Hara

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