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Questions About Words 4

So, you have made it to the fourth and final Questions About Words quiz – give yourself a pat on the back! As you will know by now, in the Eleven Plus verbal Reasoning exam, you may be asked how many consonants or vowels are in a list of words, or to arrange them alphabetically. We looked at vowels and consonants in the last quiz, so now let’s explain how to put words in alphabetical order.

The method is very simple, and I’m sure you already know it. Still, just in case…

  1. Look at the first letter in all the words and arrange them from A to Z.
  2. If two or more words begin with the same letter, look at their second letter and arrange them from A to Z.
  3. If two or more word have the same third letter, repeat the process with that letter. Continue with the subsequent letters until all the words have their own place in the list.

And now let’s move on to the quiz. Please do not rush through the questions – you’d be surprised just how many people get simple questions like these wrong, all because they thought they were too easy. 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.

HUBCAP
WARBLE
GLASSY
WASHER
HERONS

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

HUBCAP
WARBLE
GLASSY
WASHER
HERONS

Which word would come first in a dictionary?
WARBLE
HUBCAP
HERONS
GLASSY
‘G’ comes before ‘H’ and ‘W’ in the alphabet, so ‘glassy’ would come first in a dictionary
3.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

HUBCAP
WARBLE
GLASSY
WASHER
HERONS

Which vowel appears most frequently?
E
O
A
U
‘A’ 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.

HUBCAP
WARBLE
GLASSY
WASHER
HERONS

Which word would appear last in a dictionary?
WASHER
WARBLE
GLASSY
HERONS
Looking at the first letters of each word, ‘W’ comes after ‘G’ and ‘H’ in the alphabet, so the answer is either ‘washer’ or ‘warble’. Looking at their second letters, both have the letter ‘A’, so we move on to the third letter. ‘R’ comes before ‘S’ in the alphabet so ‘washer’ would appear last in a dictionary
5.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

HUBCAP
WARBLE
GLASSY
WASHER
HERONS

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

HERBAL
TAUTLY
LATHER
CHITTY
LACKEY

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

HERBAL
TAUTLY
LATHER
CHITTY
LACKEY

Which word would come first in a dictionary?
TAUTLY
LATHER
HERBAL
CHITTY
‘C’ comes before ‘H’, ‘L’ and ‘T’ in the alphabet so ‘chitty’ will appear first in a dictionary
8.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

HERBAL
TAUTLY
LATHER
CHITTY
LACKEY

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

HERBAL
TAUTLY
LATHER
CHITTY
LACKEY

Which word would appear last in a dictionary?
CHITTY
TAUTLY
LATHER
HERBAL
‘T’ comes later in the alphabet than ‘C’, ‘H’ and ‘L’ so ‘tautly’ would be listed last in a dictionary
10.
Look at the words below and then answer the question about them.

HERBAL
TAUTLY
LATHER
CHITTY
LACKEY

Which consonant appears most frequently?
L
H
Y
T
‘T’ appears five times. That’s more than ‘L’ (four times), ‘H’ and ‘Y’ (three times), or ‘C’ (twice)
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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