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Putting Words Into Groups 4

So, you have made it to the last quiz in this section – give yourself a pat on the back! By now you should be quite good at grouping related words and ready to tackle these kinds of question if you come across them in your Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning exam.

A large vocabulary and a good knowledge of English will serve you well here. They will also help in many other situations – at school, in everyday life, and in your future career. I can’t stress enough how important is to read as often and as much as you can.

Practise makes perfect, so go through these quizzes again at some point in the future. The more often you test yourself, the better prepared you will be for your exam.

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: Noon, Evening, Night
Group B: Uncle, Mother, Cousin
Group C: Grieve, Lament, Weep
Group D: Sleeping, Snoozing, Slumbering

Which group does SIBLING belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All of the words in Group B are members of your family, or relatives. A ‘sibling’ is a brother or a sister, so ‘sibling’ belongs in Group B
2.
Group A: Noon, Evening, Night
Group B: Uncle, Mother, Cousin
Group C: Grieve, Lament, Weep
Group D: Sleeping, Snoozing, Slumbering

Which group does MORN belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All of the words in Group A describe parts of the day. ‘Morn’ is an old-fashioned word for ‘morning’ (you might see it most often in poetry), so it belongs in Group A. The words in Group C are things you might do after the loss of a loved one and ‘mourn’ would go into that group
3.
Group A: Fewest, Minority, Tiniest
Group B: Pork, Bacon, Gammon
Group C: Rented, Let, Borrowed
Group D: Village, City, Town

Which group does LEASED belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group C is made up of words which mean 'having temporarily made use of'. If you ‘lease’ something, you can use it for a short time, so it belongs in Group C. The words in Group A all mean the smallest amount, so ‘least’ would go in there
4.
Group A: Rotate, Turn, Spin
Group B: X-ray, Radio, Gamma
Group C: Part, Character, Position
Group D: Microwave, Fridge, Freezer

Which group does OVEN belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All of the words in Group D can be found in most kitchens, as can an ‘oven’, so it belongs in Group D. The words in Group B are all types of electromagnetic waves – you’ll learn about them at secondary school
5.
Group A: Fewest, Minority, Tiniest
Group B: Pork, Bacon, Gammon
Group C: Rented, Let, Borrowed
Group D: Village, City, Town

Which group does HAMLET belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All of the words in Group D are types of settlements, as is a ‘hamlet’, so it belongs in there too
6.
Group A: Rotate, Turn, Spin
Group B: Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Group C: Part, Character, Position
Group D: X-ray, Radio, Gamma

Which group does ROLE belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All the words in Group C are synonyms for ‘role’ (the part an actor plays in a film or play), so ‘role’ belongs in Group C. The words in Group A are synonyms of the word ‘roll’
7.
Group A: Faded, Faint, Ashen
Group B: Duke, Earl, Marquis
Group C: Skuttle, Kettle, Bucket
Group D: Bleak, Lifeless, Desert

Which group does PAIL belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group C is made up of words which are types of containers. A ‘pail’ is another word for a bucket, so it belongs in Group C. The word ‘pale’ would go into Group A, as that contains word which mean ‘pale’ or whitened
8.
Group A: Faded, Faint, Ashen
Group B: Duke, Earl, Marquis
Group C: Skuttle, Kettle, Bucket
Group D: Bleak, Lifeless, Desert

Which group does BARREN belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All of the words in Group D describe land which is unable to support much vegetation. ‘Barren’ means the same thing, so it belongs in Group D. The words in Group B are all ranks of nobility, so the word ‘baron’ would go in there
9.
Group A: Spindle, Coil, Bobbin
Group B: Love, Hate, Fear
Group C: Factual, Palpable, Actual
Group D: Darling, Dear, Sweetheart

Which group does REEL belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All the words in Group A describe cylinders of thread, as does ‘reel’, so ‘it belongs in Group A. The words in Group C all mean ‘real’
10.
Group A: Spindle, Coil, Bobbin
Group B: Love, Hate, Fear
Group C: Factual, Palpable, Actual
Group D: Darling, Dear, Sweetheart

Which group does JOY belong in?
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
All of the words in Group B are emotions we feel, as is ‘joy’, so it belongs with them
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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