Number of Syllables- The Same or Different Games

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Topic: Numbers

Grammar Topic: Syllables

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Number of Syllables- The Same or Different Games
Without looking below, listen to your teacher read out two words from the same line and 
hold up “The same” or “Different” cards depending on the number of syllables (don’t worry 
about the sounds). 

Circle the word with a different number of syllables in each line below. 
Schwa

length/ lengthen/ long

sad/ sadness/ sadder

Long and short vowel sounds

called/ cold/ colder

forks/ fox/ foxes

March/ match/ matches

sick/ sicken/ seek

Short vowels and diphthongs

cod/ code/ coded

date/ dated/ debt

etch/ H/ Hs

Long vowels and diphthongs

nought/ note/ noted

beak/ bike/ biker

Consonant clusters
Initial consonant clusters
br

burrow/ bureau/ bro

bury/ brie/ berry

cl/ kl

clot/ clots/ culottes

laws/ claws/ clauses

cr/ kr

curate/ crate/ crates

fr

furry/ fury/ free

gl

glibly/ gullibly/ gullible

pl

pulleys/ pleas/ please

pr

pressed/ pure/ purest

purée/ pray/ prey

sc/ sk

suckle/ school/ schooled

sp

spa/ super/ supper

sporting/ sporty/ supporting

str

storing/ string/ stringy

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tr

Tory/ tree/ trees

Final consonant clusters
ft

soft/ softie/ soften

cks/ ks/ x

tax/ taxes/ taxi

ksth/ xth

sicken/ six/ sixth

mp

scamp/ scampi/ scam

mpt 

temp/ tempt/ tempted

Final consonants
b

cab/ cabbie/ cabs

tab/ taboo/ tabs

ch

catch/ catches/ catchy

itch/ itches/ itchy

d

conned/ condo/ con

food/ foodie/ foods

dj

dodge/ dodgy/ dodges

orange/ orangey/ oranges

f

coffee/ cough/ coughing

g

fog/ foggy/ fogged

mugs/ muggy/ mugged

k

cook/ cuckoo/ cooked

hike/ haiku/ hikes

l

fall/ fell/ fellow

goal/ goalie/ goals

m

am/ M/ MU

n

can/ canoe/ canned

man/ Man U/ menu

p

hip/ hippie/ hips

sup/ super/ supper

s

price/ pricey/ prices

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residence/ residency/ resident

youth/ use/ you sue

sh

push/ pushy/ pushed

rush/ Russia/ Russian

t

act/ actor/ acting

ant/ anti/ ants

get/ got/ ghetto

ought/ auto/ autos

th

smooth/ smoothie/ smoother

v

move/ movie/ moves

z

choose/ choosy/ chooses

ease/ easy/ eases

Two vowel sounds together

bully/ bullied/ bullying 

worried/ worry/ worrying

ski/ skier/ skiing

thirteenth/ thirtieth/ thirty

tie/ tire/ tired

quiet/ quit/ quite

s

colleagues/ college/ colleges

apologise/ apologises/ apologies

s and ed

films/ filmed/ filming

mix/ mixed/ mixes

need/ needed/ needs

script/ scripted/ scripts

Adverbs

fiscal/ fiscally/ physical

Contractions

aren’t/ are not/ are

he’d/ he’s/ he is

I’d/ I’d’ve/ I’ve

it/ it’ll/ it will

should/ shouldn’t/ should’ve

want/ won’t/ want to

we have/ weave/ we’ve

wheel/ we’ll/ we will

your/ you are/ you’re

Others

double/ double U/ W

Check your answers, then play the same holding up cards game in groups.

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Number of syllables The same or different games 
Cards to hold up

The same Different

The same Different

The same Different

The same Different

The same Different

The same Different

The same Different

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Number of syllables The same or different games
Answer key
The word with a different number of syllables is underlined. 
Schwa

length/ lengthen/ long

sad/ sadness/ sadder

Long and short vowel sounds

called/ cold/ colder

forks/ fox/ foxes

March/ match/ matches

sick/ sicken/ seek

Short vowels and diphthongs

cod/ code/ coded

date/ dated/ debt

etch/ H/ Hs

Long vowels and diphthongs

nought/ note/ noted

beak/ bike/ biker

Consonant clusters
Initial consonant clusters
br

burrow/ bureau/ bro

bury/ brie/ berry

cl/ kl

clot/ clots/ culottes

laws/ claws/ clauses

cr/ kr

curate/ crate/ crates

fr

furry/ fury/ free

gl

glibly/ gullibly/ gullible

pl

pulleys/ pleas/ please

pr

pressed/ pure/ purest

purée/ pray/ prey

sc/ sk

suckle/ school/ schooled

sp

spa/ super/ supper

sporting/ sporty/ supporting

str

storing/ string/ stringy

tr

Tory/ tree/ trees

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Final consonant clusters
ft

soft/ softie/ soften

cks/ ks/ x

tax/ taxes/ taxi

ksth/ xth

sicken/ six/ sixth

mp

scamp/ scampi/ scam

mpt 

temp/ tempt/ tempted

Final consonants
b

cab/ cabbie/ cabs

tab/ taboo/ tabs

ch

catch/ catches/ catchy

itch/ itches/ itchy

d

conned/ condo/ con

food/ foodie/ foods

dj

dodge/ dodgy/ dodges

orange/ orangey/ oranges

f

coffee/ cough/ coughing

g

fog/ foggy/ fogged

mugs/ muggy/ mugged

k

cook/ cuckoo/ cooked

hike/ haiku/ hikes

l

fall/ fell/ fellow

goal/ goalie/ goals

m

am/ M/ MU

n

can/ canoe/ canned

man/ Man U/ menu

p

hip/ hippie/ hips

sup/ super/ supper

s

price/ pricey/ prices

residence/ residency/ resident

youth/ use/ you sue

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sh

push/ pushy/ pushed

rush/ Russia/ Russian

t

act/ actor/ acting

ant/ anti/ ants

get/ got/ ghetto

ought/ auto/ autos

th

smooth/ smoothie/ smoother

v

move/ movie/ moves

z

choose/ choosy/ chooses

ease/ easy/ eases

Two vowel sounds together

bully/ bullied/ bullying 

worried/ worry/ worrying

ski/ skier/ skiing

thirteenth/ thirtieth/ thirty

tie/ tire/ tired

quiet/ quit/ quite

s

colleagues/ college/ colleges

apologise/ apologises/ apologies

s and ed

films/ filmed/ filming

mix/ mixed/ mixes

need/ needed/ needs

script/ scripted/ scripts

Adverbs

fiscal/ fiscally/ physical

Contractions

aren’t/ are not/ are

he’d/ he’s/ he is

I’d/ I’d’ve/ I’ve

it/ it’ll/ it will

should/ shouldn’t/ should’ve

want/ won’t/ want to

we have/ weave/ we’ve

wheel/ we’ll/ we will

your/ you are/ you’re

Others

double/ double U/ W

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2015