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Grammar Reviewing Using A Sentence Auction

Due to popular demand, here is 'Sentence Auctions' number 3 for upper level classes. 'Sentence Auctions' # 2 is for lower levels, and # 1 for upper levels.

Holding 'Sentence Auctions' is a fun way to help students review key points in grammar and sentence construction while having some good fun. Basically, students in small groups are given some 'money' with which to bid on various sentences. These sentences include correct and incorrect sentences, the group which 'buys' the most correct sentences wins the game.

Aim: Grammar and sentence structure review while having fun

Activity: Sentence auctions

Level: Upper levels


  • Divide the class into small groups of 3 or 4 students per group.
  • Talk about auctions: Do the students know what they are? Can they describe an auction? Have they every been to an auction?, etc.
  • Explain the rules of this auction.
    • The aim of the game is to buy as many correct sentences as possible
    • Each group will have $3000 to spend
    • Bids begin at $200
    • Bids increase by $100 each bid
    • The sentence will be sold to the highest bidder (remember? "$400 going once, $400 going twice, $400 sold to group X!")
    • The winner of the game is the group which has bought the most correct sentences
  • You can make the auction more difficult by declaring the winner based on the number of correct sentences minus the number of incorrect sentences (5 correct sentences minus 3 incorrect = two correct sentences)
  • Once the game has finished, go through each sentence saying whether it is correct or incorrect.
  • Have a fun celebration of the winning team!
  • After things have calmed down, go through each sentence explaining any grammar / usage questions that arise.
Sentence Auction

Decide which sentences (or phrases) you would like to buy! Collect correct masterpieces! Watch out for incorrect fakes!

  1. He wished he could go on holiday. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough money at the time.
  2. Despite being an expert in the field, Jack wasn't able to answer every question.
  3. The key to staying young is to maintain an active life.
  4. Many athletes spend a lot of time visualizing competition to focus their energies.
  5. Janet will have been working for five hours until I arrive.
  6. They could get tickets for the concert last week.
  7. I don't know how to repair cars, so I'm having mine repaired at the mechanics down the street.
  8. I'm afraid I don't feel up at playing tennis this afternoon.
  9. The director of studies, to whom I spoke this afternoon, told me that I would have to take the entrance examination again.
  10. We would better finish our work and close the shop.
  11. That building is being built by Smith and Sons.
  12. In spite of the fact he had promised to come, he didn't turn up at the party.

Sentence Correction Page

Sentence Auction 3 - printing page

Sentence Auction 2 for Lower Levels

Sentence Auction 1 for Upper Levels

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