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Alphabetical Sorting 02
A correct alphabetical sort is strong, stronger, strongest, strongly.

Alphabetical Sorting 02

This KS3 English quiz is our second on alphabetical sorting. You know, of course, to look at the first letter of each word to decide the alphabetical order of a set of words. And you'll have had practice with looking at the second, third or even fourth letter, if necessary. What do you do when faced with a word or name slightly out of the ordinary? Do you alphabetise McKinley before Mackay, or after? An older convention of alphabetising decided that all names beginning with Mc and Mac should come before all other words beginning with M, but now such names are alphabetised in letter order, as usual (Mackay comes before McKinley, but "mackerel" would come between the two). And which comes first here: St Louis or Saint Nicholas? Abbreviations such as "St" are alphabetised as a full word, so St (Saint) Louis comes before Saint Nicholas.

1.
Adapt, ....... , adaptation, adapted
adaptable
adorable
adoration
adore
"Adaptable" completes the sequence
2.
....... , clearance, cleared, clearly
clear
clears
click
clock
"Clear" begins this sequence
3.
Wash, ....... , washes, washing
washed
wish
wished
wishes
"Washed" fits the sequence
4.
Create, creative, ....... , creatures
created
creates
creating
creator
Use the fifth letter of "create/creative/creator/creatures"
5.
Strong, stronger, strongest, .......
strength
strengthen
strengthening
strongly
"Strength" would come before "strong"
6.
Continuance, continue, continued, .......
contain
content
continual
continuing
Look at the eighth letter of "continuing"
7.
Writ, write, writer, ....... , written
wary
wiry
writing
wry
Only "writing" fits in this sequence
8.
Began, begin, ....... , begins
beacon
beacons
beginning
begonia
Look at the sixth letter of "beginning"
9.
Close, ....... , closely, closer
closed
closest
closet
closing
The fifth letter is the clue to the alphabetical sequence
10.
....... , advanced, advancement, advancing
advance
advantage
advantaged
advantageous
Working backwards gives "advance"

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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