Words That Cannot be Made from Larger Words Quiz Illustration | Jellybeans
Which words can and can't be made from 'jellybeans'?

Words that Cannot be Made 2

As you learned in the first quiz in this section, when you come to take your 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam, you may be asked to find out which words can’t be made from the letters in larger ones. It’s quite an easy thing to do, as long as you concentrate, do not rush, and are methodical in your approach.

The best way to answer these kinds of question, I find, is to go through each of the options in turn, making sure that the letters in it are also in the longer word, and that no letter is used more times than it appears in the longer word.

You may think you’ve spotted the answer straight away. If that happens, don’t rush to click it as the answer. Please double check and make sure that you are right first. Appearances can often be deceptive!

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 BALACLAVAS?
Slabs
Balls
Scab
Cabal
All of the words can be made, except for ‘slabs’ as this contains two of the letter ‘S’, but ‘balaclavas’ has only one.
A ‘cabal’ is a secret clique or faction, usually to do with politics
2.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word VIRTUOUSLY?
Sourly
Sultry
Story
Visors
All of the words can be made, except for ‘visors’ as this contains two of the letter ‘S’, but ‘virtuously’ has only one
3.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word JELLYBEANS?
Bellies
Enables
Labels
Eyeball
All of the words can be made, except for ‘bellies’ as this contains a letter ‘I’, but ‘jellybeans’ does not
4.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word SCHOLASTIC?
Catholics
Chaotic
Classical
Social
All of the words can be made, except for ‘classical’ as this contains two of the letters ‘A’ and ‘L’, but ‘scholastic’ has only one of each
5.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word YESTERDAY?
Strayed
Erases
Steady
Dearest
All of the words can be made, except for ‘erases’ as this contains two of the letter ‘S’, but ‘yesterday’ has only one
6.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word HAUGHTIEST?
Heights
Atheist
Eighths
Statute
All of the words can be made, except for ‘statute’ as this contains three of the letter ‘T’, but ‘haughtiest’ has only one.
A ‘statute’ is another name for a law, and an ‘atheist’ is one who does not believe that there are any gods
7.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word MATRIARCH?
Armchair
Ratchet
Chart
Match
All of the words can be made, except for ‘ratchet’ as this contains a letter ‘E’, but ‘matriarch’ does not. It also has two of the letter ‘T’, but ‘matriarch’ has only one.
A ‘matriarch’ is a woman who is the head of a family
8.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word ELONGATING?
Tangling
Elation
Learning
Tonnage
All of the words can be made, except for ‘learning’ as this contains a letter ‘R’, but ‘elongating’ does not
9.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word GEOLOGISTS?
Toggles
Soloist
Toilets
Stooge
All of the words can be made, except for ‘toilets’ as this contains two of the letter ‘T’, but ‘geologists’ has only one
10.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word PACIFIST?
Pact
Facts
Spit
Flats
All of the words can be made, except for ‘flats’ as this contains a letter ‘L’, but ‘pacifist’ does not.
A ‘pacifist’ is someone who believes that war and violence are wrong, so refuses to take part
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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