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Making Words from Larger Words 1

This is the first quiz in this section on Making Words from Larger Words. So, what exactly will you have to do? Basically, it is a test of your vocabulary – something which is vital if you want to do well in your 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam.

Before you start, arm yourself with a dictionary. You may come across some words which you are unfamiliar with as you go through the questions. If so, look them up, memorise their meanings and – hey presto – you’ve improved your vocabulary.

See if you can find an answer to the questions without looking at the options. That’s the way the questions will be posed if you find them in your exam. Only look at the answers if you really, really have to. Good luck!

Example:
From the word IMPORTANCE, form new words having the following meanings (the number of letters in the words is given by the number of dashes, so you do not have to use all the letters):

Tighten: _ _ _ _ _
Two parts of the eye: _ _ _ _ _ _ AND _ _ _ _ _ _
A form of transport: _ _ _ _ _
Writer of verse: _ _ _ _
Close: _ _ _ _

'Cramp' can be made, and it is a five-letter word meaning ‘tighten’.
Both ‘cornea’ and ‘retina’ are parts of the eye that can be made from the letters.
The form of transport is 'train' (not 'car' as there are five letters in the answer, rather than three).
A writer of verse is a 'poet', and the required letters are all there.
The word meaning ‘close’ (rhymes with ‘dose’, not ‘rose’) is 'near'.
1.
Using the letters from the word QUADRANGLE, make a 4-letter word meaning ‘stick together’.
Dual
Rule
Glue
Rend
All of the four options are 4-letter words which can be made from the given letters. However, only one of them means ‘stick together’, and that is ‘glue’. ‘Rend’ is an antonym of ‘glue’ (it has an opposite meaning) because it means ‘tear apart’
2.
Using the letters from the word NAGGINGLY, make a 6-letter word meaning ‘graceful’.
Gangly
Giggly
Gainly
Niggly
‘Gainly’ is an old-fashioned word which means ‘graceful or elegant’ (you would see it most often today in the word ‘ungainly’ which means ‘awkward or clumsy’)
3.
Using the letters from the word TABLECLOTH, make a 6-letter word meaning ‘enough to cause death’.
Bleach
Tablet
Cattle
Lethal
Whilst imbibing bleach, taking too many tablets, or being trampled by cattle could cause death, ‘lethal’ is the only one of the options which means ‘enough to cause death’ (think of the phrase ‘a lethal dose’)
4.
Using the letters from the word EARDRUMS, make a 5-letter word meaning ‘thought or pondered’.
Mused
Amused
Marred
Armed
Only two of the options are 5-letter words, and only one of the options matches the definition. The answer is ‘mused’
5.
Using the letters from the word ADAPTATION, make a 5-letter word meaning ‘a paved outdoor area’.
Piazza
Inapt
Point
Patio
Both ‘point’ and ‘inapt’ can be made from the letters, but neither of them mean ‘a paved outdoor area’. ‘Piazza’ does, but that word cannot be formed from the letters. The answer is ‘patio’
6.
Using the letters from the word PACHYDERM, make a 4-letter word meaning ‘copied or mimicked’.
Aped
Herd
Made
Ream
All of the four options are 4-letter words which can be made from the given letters, however, only one of them (‘aped’) means ‘copied or mimicked’, so that is the answer
7.
Using the letters from the word HABITUAL, make a 4-letter word meaning ‘drag’.
Halt
Haul
Lath
Bath
All four options are genuine 4-letter words which can be made from the given letters. Only ‘haul’ matches the definition though. A ‘lath’ is a thin, flat strip of wood
8.
Using the letters from the word KALEIDOSCOPE, make an 8-letter word meaning ‘marked with lots of small spots’.
Freckled
Specked
Speckled
Eclipsed
‘Eclipsed’ can be formed form the given letters, but it does not mean ‘marked with lots of small spots’. ‘Specked’ and ‘freckled’ do, but ‘specked’ is only 7 letters and ‘freckled’ contains an ‘F’ and an ‘R’ (‘kaleidoscope’ does not). The answer is ‘speckled’
9.
Using the letters from the word RACECOURSE, make a 6-letter word meaning ‘rare’.
Accrue
Sparse
Accuse
Scarce
Both ‘accuse’ and ‘accrue’ are 6-letter words which can be formed from the given letters, but neither of them mean ‘rare’. ‘Sparse’ does mean ‘rare’ but it cannot be formed from the letters in ‘racecourse’. The answer is ‘scarce’
10.
Using the letters from the word VILLAINOUS, make a 5-letter word meaning ‘a type of stringed musical instrument’.
Violin
Viola
Viols
Vials
All four options can be made from the given letters, however, ‘vials’ are not musical instruments. ‘Viols’ are, but that is the plural of ‘viol’ so refers to more than one. ‘Violin’ would work, except that is has 6 letters, rather than 5. The correct answer is ‘viola’
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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