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Match-up! Grammar Lesson for Review and Extension


Match-Up! is a game that helps students review basic sentence structure and match these structures to grammar concepts / structures / forms they have studied throughout the year. This exercise can be used at the beginning, throughout and / or at the end of the course as a means of reviewing or extending materials and concepts covered in class. The lesson plan provided below gives an example of integrating this exercise into a hour's lesson. Of course, this exercise could easily be given for homework, or used as a competitive activity between groups to mix-up your lesson.

Aim: Review sentence structures

Activity: Match-up - matching sentence halves and grammar labels

Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced


  • Start off the lesson by asking students to write the name of something they have studied during the year - or they think is going to be studied during the coming course - on a slip of paper. For example: conditional sentences, prepositional phrases, etc. Collect the slips of paper.
  • Randomly choose a slip of paper and read. Call on students to give an example sentence of the concept.
  • To extend the lesson, repeat the above, but ask students to not only provide an example sentence, but to also give a short explanation of the grammar / vocabulary point.
  • Split students into groups and ask them to complete the Match-Up! exercise provided below.
  • Give each group a name and write the name on the board.
  • Once students have finished, go around the room calling on one group at a time. Award a point for each sentence / structure combination correctly matched.
  • Once the game has finished, ask students to remain in their groups and use the grammar / structure section of each Match-Up! sentence to write another example of that structure.
  • Circulate around the room, checking students' work and correcting / explaining when required.
  • Ask students to repeat the exercise at home as homework.



Match the sentence halves to make correct sentences. Once you have matched-up the sentences find the correct grammar form and match it to the sentence.

Sentence Beginnings

Andy would have enjoyed coming
He's always getting
How about going to
I might be able to
I wish she had
If he were in charge
Peter will have
She'll be late
She can't have flown to New York because
That house is being
They're going to study
They were discussing the new account
We'll be giving the
We usually sleep
We would have brunch on Sundays

Sentence Endings

when he burst into the meeting to tell them the news.
unless she hurries up!
the concert next week?
she telephoned me from her home in Austin.
presentation this time tomorrow.
into trouble at school.
in on Sundays.
if he had been invited.
he would fire a few people.
finished the report by next Friday.
decided to stay longer.
computer sciences at university.
built by Anderson Inc.
attend the conference next week.
after going to church.

Grammar Reasons

First or real Conditional
Future continuous
Future intention
Future perfect
Future possibility
Interrupted past action
Passive voice in the continuous
Past habitual action
Past modal verb of probability
Past unreal conditional
Past wish
Present habitual annoying problem
Second or unreal conditional

Match-Up the Sentences

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