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Alphabetising
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Alphabetising

This KS2 English quiz will test you on alphabetising. Alphabetising is ordering words alphabetically. Although computers can help us to alphabetise lists, knowing how to alphabetise can still help you to find information that is stored alphabetically. This can save you time when looking for a word in a dictionary, a name in a list, or a book in the library.

If you want to know the meaning of a word, you’ll need to use a dictionary. Of course, you’ll need to know how to spell the word first. Then to find that particular word, you’ll need to know where it would appear in an alphabetical list. Remember, there are thousands of words in an ordinary dictionary.

Try this quiz on alphabetising, and remember that sometimes you will need to look at the second or even third letter!

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1.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
cat, frog, dog, elephant
frog, dog, elephant, cat
elephant, dog, cat, frog
cat, dog, elephant, frog
abCDEF...
2.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
slide, slip, slipped, slippery
slip, slide, slippery, slipped
slide, slipped, slip, slippery
slide, slipped, slippery, slip
'Slide' comes first because 'sliD' comes before 'sliP'. 'Slip' comes next because its first four letters are exactly the same as 'slipped' and 'slippery' - it doesn't have any other letters to compare. 'SlippeD' comes before 'slippeRy'
3.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
Birmingham, London, Manchester, Newcastle
Newcastle, London, Birmingham, Manchester
London, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham
Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, London
...BcdefghijkLMN...
4.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
dragon, danger, dug, den
dug, den, danger, dragon
danger, den, dragon, dug
den, danger, dug, dragon
dA, dE, dR, dU
5.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
crisps, sandwich, banana, drink
banana, crisps, drink, sandwich
banana, drink, sandwich, crisps
drink, crisps, sandwich, banana
aBCDefghijklmnopqrS...
6.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
rose, lily, poppy, tulip
lily, rose, poppy, tulip
tulip, poppy, lily, rose
lily, poppy, rose, tulip
...LmnoPqRsT...
7.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
gate, good, great, gym
good, gate, great, gym
great, good, gate, gym
gym, great, good, gate
gA -- gO -- gR -- gY
8.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
bog, bold, boil, body
bog, boil, body, bold
boil, body, bold, bog
body, bog, boil, bold
boD -- boG --boI -- boL
9.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
Welsh, Irish, English, Scottish
Irish, English, Welsh, Scottish
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish
...EfghIjklmnopqrStuvW...
10.
Choose the list that has been alphabetised correctly.
cake, cast, cat, car
cake, car, cast, cat
cat, car, cake, cast
cast, cake, car, cat
caKe, caR, caS, caT
Author:  Sheri Smith

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