Word Formation

In Word Formation problems, a word is given and you have to find out the number of words to be formed out of some letters drawn from that particular word.

Sometimes, a set of English letters is given in a jumbled order and the candidates are asked to arrange them in a meaningful order.

In some situations, we are asked to choose particular letters from a word and arrange them to form a meaningful word.

Example: How many meaningful words can be formed from the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th letters of the word ‘CONTROVERSIAL’?
  1. One
  2. Two
  3. More than two
  4. None

Solution : Two


Now from letters N T O and E, the two words ‘NOTE’ and ‘TONE’ can be formed.

Example: How many meaningful English words can be formed by using letters of the word 'ALEP'?

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. More than Three

Solutions : Three

 Such meaningful words are 'PEAL', 'LEAP' and 'PALE'.

Example: How many meaningful English words can be made with the letters IFEL, using each letter only once in each word?.

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. More than Three

Solutions:  Two

 Such meaningful words are 'FILE' and 'LIFE'.

Example: Select the combination of numbers that forms a meaningful word.

  1. 2, 7, 8, 6, 4, 3, 1, 5      
  2. 4, 7, 5, 2, 6, 8, 1, 3
  3. 7, 1, 8, 5, 6, 2, 4, 3
  4. 5, 3, 7, 1, 6, 4, 8, 2


Clearly, the given letters, when arranged in the order of '5, 3, 7, 1, 6, 4, 8, 2,' from the word 'COMPLAIN'.

Example: Rearrange the letters A, R, T, Y and D to form a meaningful word and select from the given alternatives, the word which is almost opposite in meaning to the word so formed.

  1. Dirty
  2. Quiet
  3. Quick 
  4. Queek

Solutions : Quick 

The word that can be formed by rearranging the given letters is 'Tardy' which means 'Sluggish' and opposite of this word is 'Quick'.