Taboo Topics- Present Simple & Continuous Game

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Present Simple and Continuous Taboo topics game
Worksheet 1- Taboo questions challenge
Ask your partner some Present Simple questions, e.g. “What do you…?”, then ask your partner 
some Present Continuous questions, e.g. “Are you feeling…?”

Were any of the questions you asked too personal or difficult to answer?

Below are some more Present Simple and Present Continuous questions, some of which are too 
personal or difficult to answer. Give each question below a number of points based on how difficult 
it is to answer:
5 points = Extremely difficult/ a taboo question
4 points = Very difficult
3 points = Quite or a little bit difficult
2 points = Quite easy
1 points = Very easy/ an ordinary question

“How often do you take a bath or shower?” 

“Is your stomach making that noise?”

“What colour underwear are you wearing today?”

“Where do you buy underwear?”

“Do you prefer a bath or a shower?”

“How much do you weigh?”

“What are you carrying in your pockets now?”

“What are you thinking about?”

 “How do you feel about capital punishment?”

“How are you feeling?”

“How much money are you carrying with you now?” 

“Are you wearing make up?”

“How much money do you have (in the bank)?”

“Are you feeling itchy?”

“Where did you buy the shoes that you are wearing now?” “How are you feeling?”
“How many pairs of shoes do you have?” 

“Do you snore?”

“What do you think about when you get bored at work?”  “Are you feeling hot?”
“Which perfume/ aftershave are you wearing today?” 

“Do you buy lottery tickets?”

“Do you wear glasses to watch the TV/ drive/ read?” 

“Are you sweating?”

“Do you feel nervous when you have exams?”

“How many hours do you sleep a night?”

“Are you feeling nervous about the next English test?” 

“What do you wear in bed?”

“Are you thinking of finding a new boyfriend/ girlfriend?”  “Are you feeling nervous?”
“How much alcohol do you drink every week?” 

“Do you smoke?”

“Are you carrying cigarettes with you?”

“How much do you spend on clothes?”

“How often do you clean your room?”

“How often do you tidy your room?”

“What do you usually do when you are on holiday?” 
“What do you usually do on your days off?”
“What is your home computer doing right now?”
“What do you think about the President or Prime Minister of your country?”

Change groups. Your new partner will ask you a question from their list. Choose how many points 
you want the question to be. If you can answer the question, you will get that many points. If you 
don’t want to answer the question or can’t think of an answer, you can use the phrases in the 
Useful Language box below:

Useful language
Politely refusing to answer a question
“I’d rather not answer that (if you don’t mind)?”                                     “I’d rather not say”
“I’m afraid that’s a bit personal”
Impolitely refusing to answer a question
“(That’s) none of your business!”                        “Keep your nose out (of other people’s business)!”
“I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you”

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Present Simple and Continuous Taboo topics game
Worksheet 2- Grammar practice
Without looking at the other worksheet, fill in the gaps below with the correct tenses:
“How often ____________ (take a bath or shower)?”

“________________________ (your stomach make) that noise?”

“What colour underwear ______________________( wear)?”

“Where ________________________________ (buy underwear)?”

“___________________________ (prefer) a bath or a shower?”

“What ________________________ (carry) in your pockets now?”

“How _______________________ (feel) about capital punishment?”

“How much money __________________________ (have) (in the bank)?”

 “Where did you buy the shoes that you ________________________ (wear)?”

“____________________ (snore)?”

“What ______________________ (think) about when you get bored at work?”

“Which perfume/ aftershave _________________ (wear) today?” 

“______________________ (buy) lottery tickets?”

“__________________ (wear) glasses to watch the TV/ drive/ read?”
 
“_________________________ (feel) nervous when you have exams?”

“What ___________________ (wear) in bed?”

“___________________ (think of) finding a new boyfriend/ girlfriend?”

 “How much alcohol __________________________ (drink) every week?”

“_______________________ (smoke)?”

“How much _____________________ (spend) on clothes?”

“How often ________________________ (tidy) your room?”

“What _____________________ (usually do) when you are on holiday?”

“What ______________________ (usually do) on your days off?”

“What ___________________________ (your home computer do) right now?”

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Present Simple and Continuous Taboo topics game
Worksheet 3- Questions writing and speaking practice
 

Make some more Present Simple and Present Continuous tense questions for each of the five 
categories:

5 points = Extremely difficult/ taboo questions

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

4 points = Very difficult

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

3 points = Quite or a little bit difficult

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

2 points = Quite easy

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

1 points = Very easy/ an ordinary question

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

_________________________________________________________________?

Play the same game as above, but this time with your own questions

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Present Simple and Continuous Taboo topics game
Worksheet 4- Suggestions for topics and question types for Worksheet 3
Topics
bad habits- belching (= burping), picking your nose, spitting, chew your fingernails, speak with 
your mouth full, eat with your mouth open, put your elbows on the table etc.
gambling

shopping

clothes

hair care

housework

cleanliness

tidiness

homework

lateness

laziness

diet

exercise

hangover

oversleep

sleep in

get drunk

get angry

cry/ get upset

feel sad/ depressed

smell

lie

kiss

cheat

forget

remember

junk food

rubbish (= trash)

break the law

speeding

parking

internet

shave

armpits

jealous

floss

swear

rude gesture

get lost

lose

nightmare

dream/ remember your dreams

Questions
How often do you…………?

How many times a

day

do you………..?

week
year

How long does it take you to………?

What 
How
When

do you usually……..?

How much 

do you like to………?

Where
How long
Which

What sort of/ kind of ………………?

How much do you spend on………….?

How long do you spend ……………..?

How far do you…………………….?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009