This is the third quiz on Questions About Words in our Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning section. If you have already played the first two, then you’ll know just what to expect. You’ll need to know the difference between a vowel and a consonant, and also be able to order words alphabetically. I’m sure that you can do both of these but, just in case, here’s what vowels and consonants are:
Vowels - A vowel is a sound that is made by allowing breath to flow out of the mouth, without closing any part of the mouth or throat. The number of vowels in the English alphabet is five: A, E, I, O and U.
Consonants - A consonant is a sound that is made by blocking air from flowing out of the mouth with either the lips, teeth, tongue, or palate. There are 21 consonants in the English alphabet: B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, W, X, Y and Z.
Just memorise the five vowels – all other letters are considered to be consonants (though sometimes they are pronounced like vowels: Y and H for example). And now it’s time for the quiz. Good luck!
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.
Which consonant appears most frequently?
Answer: ‘L’ appears five times, that’s more than any other consonant, so is the correct answer.