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This is the first in this section of our Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning quizzes on Words That Cannot be Made from Larger Words. What is that exactly? Well, you’ll be relieved to hear, it’s probably the easiest type of question you will have to face when you come to take your exam.

Basically, you’ll be shown a long word and then four shorter ones. You have to find which one of those cannot be made from the letters in the longer one. Remember, you can only use each letter the same amount of times as it appears in the first word.

If that is not clear, then take a look at the example question we’ve placed at the beginning of the quiz. It shows you exactly how to go about solving these problems.

Example:
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word POSITIONAL?

Postal
Opal
Notion
Posit
Pools
Satin

It doesn’t matter whether or not you know what the words mean. Just look at the letters they contain and see if they are in the word 'POSITIONAL' the correct amount of times.
The only one of the options which cannot be formed is 'notion', purely because the letter 'N' only appears once in 'POSITIONAL', but twice in ‘notion’.
1.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word INCUBATOR?
Carbon
Toucan
Atomic
Obtain
All of the words can be made, except for ‘atomic’ as this contains a letter ‘M’, but ‘incubator’ does not
2.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word RECONFIRM?
Conifer
Cornier
Inferno
Incomer
All of the words can be made, except for ‘inferno’ as this contains two of the letter ‘N’, but ‘reconfirm’ has only one
3.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word XYLOPHONE?
Openly
Honey
Pylon
Holly
All of the words can be made, except for ‘holly’ as this contains two of the letter ‘L’, but ‘xylophone’ has only one
4.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word CAMOUFLAGE?
Flume
Column
Omega
Aflame
All of the words can be made, except for ‘column’ as this contains a letter ‘N’, but ‘camouflage’ does not
5.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word DELEGATING?
Gelatine
Elegant
Gleaning
Negated
All of the words can be made, except for ‘gleaning’ as this contains two of the letter ‘N’, but ‘delegating’ has only one.
‘Gleaning’ means obtaining information, ‘gelatine’ is boiled-down cattle skins, horns, and bones which we use to make jelly, and if something is ‘negated’ it is made ineffective
6.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word UMBRELLA?
Rubella
Bauble
Lumbar
Marble
All of the words can be made, except for ‘bauble’ as this contains two of the letter ‘B’, but ‘umbrella’ has only one.
‘Rubella’ is another name for German measles, and ‘lumbar’ refers to the lower back
7.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word ADVERTISED?
Sedative
Steadied
Deviates
Steadies
All of the words can be made, except for ‘steadies’ as this contains two of the letter ‘S’, but ‘advertised’ has only one.
A ‘sedative’ is a drug which makes people sleepy
8.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word FALSEHOOD?
Lashed
Fooled
Hoofed
Failed
All of the words can be made, except for ‘failed’ as this contains a letter ‘I’, but ‘falsehood’ does not
9.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word OBSESSIVE?
Session
Sieves
Bosses
Vibes
All of the words can be made, except for ‘session’ as this contains a letter ‘N’, but ‘obsessive’ does not
10.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word LEDERHOSEN?
Slander
Enrols
Slender
Snored
All of the words can be made, except for ‘slander’ as this contains a letter ‘A’, but ‘lederhosen’ does not.
‘Lederhosen’ are leather shorts, traditionally worn in Switzerland and Bavaria
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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