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There are five vowels in the English alphabet.

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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!

Example:

Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

SILVER
SALVER
SOLVER
ELEVEN
SALTED

Which consonant appears most frequently?

Answer: ‘L’ appears five times, that’s more than any other consonant, so is the correct answer.

1.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

VULGAR
CHUBBY
BIONIC
VICARS
RABBIT

Which vowel does not appear in any word?
A
U
O
E
None of the words contain the letter ‘E, but all the other vowels (A, I, O and U) appear at least once. This is unusual because ‘E’ is the most often used letter in English
2.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

VULGAR
CHUBBY
BIONIC
VICARS
RABBIT

Which word would come first in a dictionary?
CHUBBY
BIONIC
RABBIT
VICARS
‘B’ comes before ‘C’, ‘R’, and ‘V’ in the alphabet, so ‘bionic’ would come first in a dictionary
3.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

VULGAR
CHUBBY
BIONIC
VICARS
RABBIT

Which vowel appears most frequently?
I
A
U
O
‘I’ appears four times - that’s more than any other vowel, so is the correct answer
4.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

VULGAR
CHUBBY
BIONIC
VICARS
RABBIT

Which word would appear last in a dictionary?
VICARS
RABBIT
VULGAR
BIONIC
Looking at the first letters of each word, ‘V’ comes after ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘R’ in the alphabet, so the answer is either ‘vulgar’ or ‘vicars’. Looking at their second letters, ‘I’ comes before ‘U’ in the alphabet so ‘vulgar’ would appear last in a dictionary
5.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

VULGAR
CHUBBY
BIONIC
VICARS
RABBIT

Which consonant appears most frequently?
B
C
R
V
‘B’ appears five times - that’s more than any other consonant (‘C’ and ‘R’ appear thrice, and ‘V’ twice). ‘B’ is the correct answer
6.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

JOYFUL
CHIRPY
LIZARD
CALMLY
JOKING

Which vowel does not appear in any word?
U
A
O
E
None of the words contain the letter ‘E’, but all the other vowels (A, I, O and U) appear at least twice
7.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

JOYFUL
CHIRPY
LIZARD
CALMLY
JOKING

Which word would come first in a dictionary?
CHIRPY
JOKING
CALMLY
LIZARD
‘C’ comes before ‘J’ and ‘L’ in the alphabet and two of the words start with a ‘C’, so we must look at their second letters. ‘A’ comes before ‘H’ in the alphabet so ‘calmly’ will appear before ‘chirpy’ in a dictionary
8.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

JOYFUL
CHIRPY
LIZARD
CALMLY
JOKING

Which vowel appears most frequently?
O
I
U
A
‘I’ appears three times – that’s more often than any other vowel
9.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

JOYFUL
CHIRPY
LIZARD
CALMLY
JOKING

Which word would appear last in a dictionary?
JOYFUL
LIZARD
JOKING
CALMLY
‘L’ comes later in the alphabet than ‘C’ or ‘J’ so ‘lizard’ would be listed last in a dictionary
10.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

JOYFUL
CHIRPY
LIZARD
CALMLY
JOKING

Which consonant appears most frequently?
Y
J
L
C
‘L’ appears four times. That’s more than ‘Y’ (three times), ‘J’, ‘C’ or ‘R’ (twice)
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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