Present Simple (Adverbs of Frequency) Completion Game

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Present Simple
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Published: 1st Sep 2007

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Present Simple Adverbs of Frequency personalised sentence completion game (writing/ 
speaking/ grammar) 

On your own, fill in at least half of the gaps below to make some true sentences about 
your normal reaction in the situations given, for example 

“I always clean my teeth in 

the morning”.

 

I always    _____________________________________ in the morning 

I never _______________________________________ at the weekend 

I    _______________________________ once or twice a week 

I _________________________ two or three times a year 

I sometimes _________________________ with my brother or sister 

My father often _________________________________ 

I hardly ever _______________________________ on Mondays 

I __________________________________ at least twice a day 

I __________________________ once every two or three days 

I almost always ______________________, but occasionally I forget 

I ________________________ more than 3 times a day. 

My mother almost never _____________________, but I want her too more often. 

I _____________________ too often 

I often _________________________ in the shower 

I often _______________________________________, but my parents don’t like it 

My brother/ sister sometimes ________________________ and it annoys me. 

I almost always ____________________ when I see a mirror 

I hardly ever _______________________, because it is too expensive 

 

In pairs, read your partner only the part you have written of one of the sentences above, 
e.g. “wash my hair”. Do not say the other parts of the sentence. Your partner will try to 
guess which sentence it comes from, e.g.: 

Student A: “I think you wash your hair two or three times a year” 
Student B: “Are you joking?”/ “Of course not, try again” 
Student A: “Maybe you always wash your hair in the morning” 
Student B: “No, not so often” 
Student A “Okay, that’s easy then. You wash your hair once every two or three days” 
Student B “Almost right!”/ “Getting closer” 
Student A “Then it must be- you wash your hair once or twice a week” 
Student B “That’s right! Now it’s my turn to guess your sentence” 

Continue guessing sentences until your teacher asks you to stop 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Present Simple Adverbs of Frequency personalised sentence completion game (writing/ 
speaking/ grammar) 
Page 2- Grammar Presentation 
 
Grammar Presentation 1- Frequency expressions 

 
The adverbs of frequency below are arranged from most frequent at the top to least 
frequent at the bottom. Fill in the gaps with adverbs of frequency from Page One. 
 

Always 

____________________ 

Usually 
Often 
Sometimes 
Occasionally/ rarely/ _____________ 
_______________ 
 

Do the same with these expressions of frequency: 

three times a day. 
twice a day 
once every two or three days 
once or twice a week 
two or three times a year 
 

Why do we say

 “once a week” 

but

 “once every two days”?* 

 
 
(*Grammar hint: Can we say

 “a days” 

in English?)

 

 
Grammar Presentation 2- Third Person ‘s’ 

Which three sentences above could these words come from? 

cooks spaghetti 
plays golf 
jokes about my boyfriend 
 

Why can’t they go in the other sentences? 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Present Simple Adverbs of Frequency personalised sentence completion game (writing/ 
speaking/ grammar) 
Page 3- Further practice 

Write five more true Present Simple sentences with adverbs of frequency etc, e.g. 

“I 

brush my hair at least 10 times a day/ very often” 
 
1.  I__________________________________________________________________ 
2.  I__________________________________________________________________ 
3.  I__________________________________________________________________ 
4.  I__________________________________________________________________ 
5.  I__________________________________________________________________ 

 
Similar to the game on Page One above, read out only the frequency expression you 
have used and see if your partner can guess the whole sentence 
 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

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