Grammar Games for Adults

ESL grammar games can be used to facilitate the repeated use of certain target structures, this is vital to the learning and retention of new grammar forms. Grammar games come in many forms, but they all have this single aim at their heart, to repeatedly and accurately use or manipulate language structures to achieve a specific aim.

Teaching Online

Online grammar exercises and other activities can now be found under the Activity Collections tab at the online-teaching focused

Grammar Games and Activities by Form

Present Simple

Present simple activities including forms of to be, find someone who, adverbs of frequency, third-person interviews.

Present Continuous

Present continuous activities in this section include a miming game, describing clothing, describing pictures and videos, and asking about activities.

Past Simple

Fun past simple activities to help you teach the past tense. Help your students learn irregular verbs, question formation and past simple time markers with activities which include tic tac toe and a past simple board game.

Past Continuous

Using the past continuous to talk about what was happening at specific times and instructions for the popular Alibi activity.

Present Perfect

Lots of grammar activities for practising the present perfect in the contexts of unfinished time, life experience and connection to the present.

Present Perfect Continuous

Activities for practising the present perfect continuous to talk about ongoing activities and for distinguishing since and for

Past Perfect

Activities for practising the past perfect including explaining away perplexing predicaments.

Future Forms

Activities for practising future form present continuous, going to and will. Includes making arrangements, talking about travel, making predictions and the popular fortune-telling activity

Passive Voice

A few activities for practising the passive voice.

There is / are & Quantifiers

Includes Kim’s game, what’s in the fridge? and describing a room.


Activities for practising all the conditionals including superstitions, Murphy’s law, regrets, class surveys and complete the sentence.

Comparatives and Superlatives

Activities include pair comparisons and adjective dice games.

Reported Speech

Includes the crazy questions activity.

Tag Questions

Activities for practising tag questions.

Other Grammar Games & Activities

Board games

A selection of board games to give students practice of using various tenses and other structures. See also the Online Board Game Creator on

Crossword puzzles

Crossword puzzles can be used to test your students’ knowledge of verb forms and vocabulary. Whereas half crosswords are more useful for focusing on fluency.

Four in a row game

A printable three-person game in which students compete to join up four suitable answers.

Lying games

Games of deception promote creativity and are often fun and engaging.

Find someone who …

Find someone who activities are a great way to get students up on their feet and talking to their classmates. Works as the perfect, first lesson ice breaker.

Tic Tac Toe

A quick and easy way to review various grammatical structures including irregular verbs, adverbs and verbs which are followed by infinitives or gerunds.

Preposition constructions

This activity gets students using prepositions of position to copy their classmates’ creations. It’s more than worth the little bit of preparation and gathering of equipment that’s needed beforehand.

If you like these grammar games, make sure to check out our page of vocabulary games for adults too.

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  1. I would like to thank you for a great job that intended to improve teaching grammar and as well as the other skills , I’m using this website most of times in order to prepare my own lessons while teaching these skills. Note : If you can add some procedures for teaching Reading and Writing skill , it will be a good idea.
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