FCE (First Certificate in English)- Open Cloze Card Games

Level: Intermediate

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks

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FCE Use of English Part Two Open Cloze Card Games
Work in groups of three or four people. Deal out the whole pack of cards between you. To 
discard cards, you have to make a sentence with a gap that one of your words should go 
into and test your partners with it, for example reading it out with “Blank”, “Beep” and 
“Something something” in the place of that word. If at least one person in your group gets 
the answer wrong and you all agree that your word or words are the only words that 
could go in the gap
, you can place your card down on the table. As long as the gap is 
correct, it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes in grammar etc elsewhere in your sentence.
The person with least cards left in their hand at the end of the game is the winner. 

a

across

against

ago

all

although

an

and

another

any

anything

as

at

be

because

becoming/ getting

been

before

being

beyond

but

by

can

will

despite

did

does

due/ owing

during

enough

every

everything

few

for

from

whose

had

has

have

his

how

if/ whether

in

instead

into

is

it

its

just

last

like

little

could/ may/ might

yet

much

must

nevertheless

no

nor

of

off

on

one

or

others

our

over

would

past

previous

should

since

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so

such

that

the

their

them

themselves

there

these

this

though

thus

to

unless

unlike

until

up

us

was

what

when

where

without

which

while/ whilst

who

With some of your other cards, try to make example sentences where the word on your 
card is the only possible word in the gap. If your partners agree, you can discard that 
card and score a point. 

All the words are real answers to FCE Use of English Part Two exam tasks. Put the cards 
into categories by the kinds of words which they are.

Hint 1: There are 8 categories. 
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Hint 2: The categories are:
prepositions
linking words
determiners
auxiliary verbs
reference words
relative pronouns
question words
time expressions other than prepositions
Some words can go into more than one category. 

Check your answers with the suggested answers on the next page. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

prepositions
from, for, in, on, to, as, at, before, by, of, off, across, against, ago, beyond, into, like, over, 
until, up, without
linking words
if, though, although, as, but, so, and, despite, or, since, while, whilst, because, due, during,
instead, nevertheless, nor, thus, unless, unlike, whether, owing
determiners
all, any, little, no, an, a, enough, every, his, its, our, their, another, few, much, such, the
auxiliary verbs
had, would, be, did, has, have, is, must, will, been, being, can, could, does, may, might, 
should, was, becoming, getting
reference words
this, it, one, them, themselves, there, these, others, us, everything, anything
relative pronouns
that, which, when, where, whose, who
question words
which, when, how, what
time expressions other than prepositions
yet, last, past, previous, just
Make sure you know the differences between words in the same categories. 
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Make sure you know these distinctions in particular:

at/ in

in/ into

as/ like

by/ until

ago/ before

because/ so

although/ but

although/ despite

during/ while

during/ for

for/ since

all/ every

few/ little

any/ some

a/ the

it’s/ its

another/ other

so/ such

will/ would

it/ this

them/ themselves

anything/ everything

that/ which

what/ which

Do a real exam task, using these to help you after trying for a while without any help.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014