This is a game to test students on their knowledge of phrasal verbs and get a feel for recognising and using them.
If students have smartphones, you can also use the Phrasal Verb Match Up web app, see the Apps page.
This is a game to test students knowledge of phrasal verbs and help them to get a feel for using them.
For each group of 2-4 student make two piles of paper slips. On one pile write the verbs that you want to practise and on the other pile, prepositions which are commonly used in phrasal verbs.
Example verbs: come, give, go, get, hold, keep, make, put, see, set, take, turn
Example prepositions: over, on, in, through, down, up, at, off, of, out, around, about, away, for, with, back, into
Student in each group takes it in turns to turn over a slip from each pile, for example they might get keep and off. If the student thinks that it’s a valid phrasal verb then they must use it in a sentence in order to get a point. The other students can challenge if they are sceptical, dictionaries and the teacher can be used to solve disputes.
Play continues until there are no more slips left.