Present Simple and Continuous- Guess the Person Game

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Present Simple and Continuous- Guess the Person Game

Choose one of the kinds of people below and think of a real person who you know or know
about matching that category. Say what they are probably doing right now (= at exactly 
this time) and/ or some information about their usual habits/ routines, until your partner 
guesses who it is. 

Possible topics: clothes, feelings, actions, eating and drinking, sitting or standing in 
particular places, thinking

artist (visual artist, singer, actor, musician, etc)

athlete (e.g. footballer)

colleague/ classmate

cook/ chef

entrepreneur

family member (spouse, fiancé(e), boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, parent,  guardian, sib-
ling, niece, nephew, child, grandchild, great-grandparent)

friend

homemaker

line manager/ direct boss

manual worker (builder, bin man, etc)

medical staff (doctor, nurse, dentist, etc)

neighbour/ housemate/ flatmate/ roommate

newsreader

office worker (e.g. a bank manager, a receptionist or a secretary)

politician

postal worker

someone in a service job (server, shop assistant, shopkeeper, hairdresser)

someone in education (teacher, teaching assistant, university lecturer, professor, etc)

someone related to law and order (police officer, lawyer, security guard, etc)

someone related to transport (taxi driver, bus driver, pilot, etc)

student 

Imagine you are showing someone a photo of this person and describe the photo and the 
person to your partner. By using your imagination and answering your partner’s questions,
you should try to keep speaking about one photo as long as you can.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2015

Without looking above for now, try to think of non-gender-specific equivalents of these 
expressions:

actress

brother or sister

businessman

housewife or househusband

husband or wife

policeman

postman

sportsman

waiter or waitress

Look above to find possible answers.

Do you know any other words which have maybe more modern non-gender-specific 
equivalents?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2015