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Alphabetical Sorting 01
In an alphabetical sort 'butter' comes before 'butterfly'.

Alphabetical Sorting 01

This KS3 English quiz is all about alphabetical sorting. To put words into alphabetical order, start with the first letter of each word nearest the letter 'a'. If two words start with the same letter, look at the second letter of each and so on.

Alphabetising seems so straightforward when it is first being taught: A is for Apple, B is for Banana, C is for Cherry.... But it gets more difficult once you begin alphabetising words which begin with the same letter, or letters. What if all of the first letters are the same? Can you alphabetise these: superbly, super, superb? If you compare the first, second, third, fourth and fifth letters of a set of words and they are each the same, the shortest word will come first. So the correct order for these words is super, superb, superbly. Easy, right?

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1.
Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
Essence, essential, essentially
Head, header, headline
Point, pointed, pointer
Quotation, quota, quote
Quota/quotation/quote would be the correct alphabetical order
2.
Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
Anger, angered, angry
Maintain, maintaining, maintained
Pencil, pen, penned
Using, used, user
The fourth letter of "angered" and "angry" decides the order
3.
Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
Boxing, boxed, box
Mat, mate, material
Never, near, nevertheless
Talking, talk, talked
Look at the third, then fourth, then fifth letters here
4.
Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
Full, follow, flash
Leave, lesson, letter
Person, predict, preview
Separate, single, strong
Alphabetical order would be flash/follow/full
5.
Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
Capitals, commas, colons
End, exclamation, exit
Persuade, punctuate, pretend
Speech, semi-colon, subordinate
Third letter of "exclamation" and "exit" decides the order
6.
Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
Ice, iced, icy
Latitude, latter, letter
Spice, spiced, spicy
Veto, vet, vetted
Vet/veto/vetted is the correct alphabetical order
7.
Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
Rule, ruler, rules
Slip, slipped, slipping
Snap, snapped, snapping
Voiced, voice, voices
The correct alphabetical order would be voice/voiced/voices
8.
Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
Advanced, advancement, advance
Commonly, common, commoner
Jig, jiggled, jiggle
Jog, jogged, jogging
The fifth letter of "jogged" and "jogging" decides the order
9.
Which of the following lists is not in alphabetical order?
Differ, different, differentiate
Eat, eaten, eats
Stop, stopped, stopping
Understood, understand, understanding
The eighth letter of each word decides the order here!
10.
Which of the following lists is in alphabetical order?
Add, added, additional
Decide, deduce, decipher
Mean, might, map
Product, people, place
You have to look at the fourth letter of "added" and "additional" to decide the order

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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