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Putting Words Into Groups 1

This series of Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning quizzes is all about putting words into groups. What exactly does that mean, and how do you do it? Well, we’ve given you four groups of words which are related in some way. They could be synonyms (words with similar meanings), or they could all be types of the same thing, like planets, languages, school subjects or something like that.

Still not sure what I mean? Don’t worry. We’ve put an example question at the start of the quiz. We’ve also given you the answer which explains how these kinds of question work.

Don’t be tempted to rush through these quizzes. Make sure you know how the words in each group are related before you decide which one to put the word you are given into.

Example:
Below are four groups of words. All of those in the same group are connected in some way. Once you have worked out what the connection is between the words in each group, decide which group the test word goes in to.

Group A: Asthma, Influenza, Tuberculosis
Group B: Spotty, Freckled, Greasy
Group C: Fig, Apple, Grape
Group D: Trio, Quartet, Single

Which group does CLEAR belong in?

The words in Group A are all illnesses. Group B contains words which refer to the state of someone's skin. The words in Group C are all fruits. Group D’s words describe the number of things.
Someone’s skin could be described as ‘clear’ so it belongs in Group B
1.
Group A: Consecutive, Sequential, Successive
Group B: Fly, Hover, Glide
Group C: Fruit, Vegetables, Pulses
Group D: Ache, Throb, Agony

Which group does CEREAL belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group C is made up of different types of crops. ‘Cereal’ is another type of crop, so it belongs in Group C. ‘Serial’ is a synonym of the words in Group A
2.
Group A: Club, Green, Caddie
Group B: Rob, Burgle, Thieve
Group C: Coffee, Juice, Lemonade
Group D: Bronze, Brass, Pewter

Which group does STEAL belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
To take something illegally is to ‘steal’ it. Rob, burgle and thieve all involve ‘stealing’, so it belongs in Group B. Group D contains metal alloys and the word ‘steel’ would go in there
3.
Group A: Consecutive, Sequential, Successive
Group B: Fly, Hover, Glide
Group C: Fruit, Vegetables, Pulses
Group D: Ache, Throb, Agony

Which group does SORE belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All of the words in group D are different ways to describe pain. ‘Sore’ also describes pain, so it belongs in group D. The words in Group B describe flight, so the word ‘soar’ would go in there
4.
Group A: Club, Green, Caddie
Group B: Rob, Burgle, Thieve
Group C: Coffee, Juice, Lemonade
Group D: Bronze, Brass, Pewter

Which group does TEE belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group A contains words to do with golf. A ‘tee’ is an item used by a golfer, so it belongs in Group A. Group C is made up of drinks and the word ‘tea’ would go in there
5.
Group A: Carp, Trout, Shark
Group B: Tissue, Organ, Sinew
Group C: Bully, Hector, Harass
Group D: Snail, Limpet, Winkle

Which group does MUSCLE belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
‘Muscles’ are found in the body, along with organs, tissues and sinews. ‘Muscle’ belongs in Group B. All of the words in group D are edible molluscs, so the word ‘mussel’ would fit in there
6.
Group A: Lark, Thrush, Robin
Group B: Ram, Cow, Stallion
Group C: Diesel, Coal, Propane
Group D: Willow, Oak, Elm

Which group does YEW belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Willows, oaks and elms are all types of tree. ‘Yew’ is also a type of tree, so it belongs in Group D. A female sheep is spelt ‘ewe’
7.
Group A: Carp, Trout, Shark
Group B: Tissue, Organ, Sinew
Group C: Bully, Hector, Harass
Group D: Snail, Limpet, Winkle

Which group does BADGER belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
A ‘badger’ is a kind of mammal, but it can also be a verb meaning ‘to pester or torment’. All of the words in Group C also mean the same, so ‘badger’ belongs in Group C
8.
Group A: Dandelion, Nettle, Thistle
Group B: Paper, Pencil, Ink
Group C: Rose, Tulip, Daffodil
Group D: Train, Bus, Police

Which group does ORCHID belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
The words in Group A and Group C are all plants, however, those in Group A are weeds whilst gardeners prize the ones in Group C. They also prize ‘orchids’ so it ‘orchid’ belongs in Group C
9.
Group A: Lark, Thrush, Robin
Group B: Ram, Cow, Stallion
Group C: Diesel, Coal, Propane
Group D: Willow, Oak, Elm

Which group does PETREL belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
A ‘petrel’ is a type of bird (the fuel is spelt ‘petrol’). Larks, robins and thrushes are also types of bird, so ‘petrel’ belongs in Group A
10.
Group A: Dandelion, Nettle, Thistle
Group B: Paper, Pencil, Ink
Group C: Rose, Tulip, Daffodil
Group D: Train, Bus, Police

Which group does STATIONERY belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
‘Stationary’ means office materials, like pens, paper, ink and so on, so the word ‘stationery’ belongs in Group B. There is a very similar word, ‘stationary’ which means ‘not moving’
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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