Ordinal Numbers Practice

Level: Beginner

Topic: Numbers

Grammar Topic: Nouns

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Spot the odd one out- ordinal numbers practice game
Instructions for teachers
Choose which sections below you want to use. You may want to leave out some of the 
options in the majority group, but as long as students understand the one word which is 
different it doesn’t matter if some of the other words aren’t understood. You can also add 
more words to the majority section if you like, but make sure that there is only word which 
matches the question in each section. Students count the words on their fingers as they 
listen and/ or read the words and try to answer which one of the words answers the 
question with an ordinal number, saying things like 
“The third”, “The third word”, “The third 
word is different” or “The third word is not a…”

After doing the activity, you could get students to try to think of as many words as they can
in the majority categories below. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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Suggested questions and options
Which one isn’t a vegetable?
cabbage
carrot
daikon
grape
potato

Which one isn’t a toy?
doll
kite
spinning top
spoon
teddy bear
water pistol

Which one is not in this classroom?
chair
floor
light
robot
student
table
teacher
whiteboard

Which one isn’t a human?
boy
brother
dad
father
girl
mother
mum
pet
sister
student
teacher

Which one isn’t a job?
office worker
pilot
police officer
pop singer
postal worker
student

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Which one is male?/ Which one is a man?/ Which one isn’t female?
aunt
daughter
grandmother
mother
sister
uncle

Which one is female?/ Which one is a woman?/ Which one isn’t male?
brother
father
father in law
grandfather
great grandmother
uncle

Which one isn’t a pet?
bird
cat
dinosaur
dog
fish
kitten
mouse
puppy
rabbit

Which one isn’t on a farm?
chicken
cow
hippo
pig
sheep

Which one is yellow?
banana
cabbage
celery
egg plant
grape

Which one isn’t a fruit?
banana
grape
lemon
melon
octopus

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orange
pear
strawberry

Which one isn’t food?
cake
camera
egg
French fry
hamburger
pizza

Which one isn’t part of your body?
arm
ear
eye
finger
foot
fork
hand
leg
mouth
neck
nose

Which one isn’t clothes?
coat
hat
jacket
key
shirt
shorts
skirt
sock
trousers
T-shirt

Which one isn’t transport?
bicycle
boat
bus
car
motorbike
ship
subway
tent
train

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Which one isn’t made of glass?
glass
glasses
sunglasses
whiteboard
window

Which one isn’t made of wood?
chair
cupboard
floor
sunglasses
table 
wardrobe

Which one isn’t good?
beautiful
clever
handsome
happy
pretty
strong
tired

Which one is good?
angry
fat
happy
sad
ugly

Which one is best?
good
not bad
not so good
okay
really bad
so-so
terrible
wonderful

Which one is worst?
awful
fantastic
great
not so bad

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not so great
okay
really good

Which one is most polite?
Can you give me…?
Could you give me…?
Could you possibly give me…?
Give me…
Please give me…
Would you give me…?

Which one starts with b?
bottle
van
very
violin

Which one has the letter X in it?
books
box
cakes
forks
looks

Which one has a different first letter?
family
fast
father
first
fish
food
hood

Which one is countable?/ Which one can finish with _______s?
beef
black pepper
cheese
green pepper
milk
pork
salt
soup
spaghetti
water

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Which one isn’t a past verb?
felt
fell
saw
sew
stood
went
woke

Which one has a double letter in the middle?
hiding
shaking
standing
stopping
waving

Which one has one syllable?
little
next to
pencil
quiet
quite
sugar

Which one has two syllables?
bag
bed
big
book
box
car
close
desk
door
fat
horse
listen
look
map
near
pen
shelf
small
thin
touch
young

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Which one has a different number of syllables?
basket
behind
board pen
calendar
carpet
CD
happy
open
pocket
poster
ruler
sugar
under
window

Which one is stressed on the first syllable (Oo)?
in front of
behind
under

Which one is stressed on the second syllable (oO)?
eraser
pencil
telephone

Which one is stressed on a different syllable?
CD
light switch
pencil case
television
watermelon

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