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Two-word Verbs

Introduction: A class-long activity for the practise of two verb verbs

What is learnt? Compound Verbs


How the game is played:

  1. Pair the students and ask them to match the verbs on the Mixed-up verb sheet you give them. Tell them to use dictionaries and to call you over. Be everywhere at once.
  2. Ask them to take a clean sheet of paper and a pen or pencil suitable for drawing. Tell them you are going to give them a few phrases to illustrate. They are to draw a situation that brings out the meaning of the phrases. Here are the phrases - do not give them more than 30 seconds per drawing (they will groan):
  3. to toilet-train a child
    to soft-soap a superior
    to force-feed an anorexic
    to court-martial a soldier
    to back-comb a person's hair
    to cross-examine a witness
    to spin-dry your clothes
    to cold-shoulder a friend

  4. Give them time to compare their drawings. The drawings often make misunderstandings manifest.
  5. Split the class into teams of four. Tell them you are going to show them jumbled sentences (see below) and their task will be to shout out the unjumbled sentence. The first team to shout out a correct sentence gets a point.

MIXED-UP VERB SHEET

Please match words from column 1 with words from column 2 to form

correct compound verbs.

Column 1

Column 2

back-

dry

cross-

soap

ghost-

treat

soft-

write

blow-

reference

double-

cross

ill-

dry

spin-

comb

cold-

manage

double-

feed

pooh-

read

spoon-

pooh

court-

glaze

dry-

clean

proof-

shoulder

stage-

martial

frog-

march

wrong-

record

toilet-

foot

tape-

train

short-

change

rubber-

feed

force-

stamp

field-

test

cross-

question

cross-

examine

cross-

check

Acknowledgments: Thanks to Graham.J.B. for submitting this game to us.

02.01.2007. 12:40

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