Infinitive Clue

Using basic infinitive phrases, students work in groups to guess the correct components that make up sentences.

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Originally submitted by Richard Fleming on Nov 11, 2008.


  • If you are familiar with the MasterMind game, this game is similar to that. Prior to class, cut out one card from each column from the worksheet to make a 'secret sentence'. Put the secret sentence in an envelope and attach it to the chalkboard. Hold on to the 'non-secret sentence' cards because you will use them for the game.
  • Have the students make groups and give each group a copy of the worksheet.
  • After the students decide the order in their group, the first student from the group makes a sentence using one square from each column of the worksheet. Once they form a sentence, they come to you and whisper the sentence.
  • Whichever part of their sentence is incorrect, you will have those cards in your hands. Show the student the cards in your hands, which should be a signal to them that that part of the sentence is wrong, since it is not in the envelope on the chalkboard.
  • Have the students mark an 'X' in the incorrect square to show that it's wrong.
  • The group keeps taking turns until they figure out the correct sentence.


  • To make this activity more difficult, don't show the students the incorrect cards. Simply tell them how many parts of the sentence they got correct. For example, let's say the secret sentence is, "I went to Hokkaido to eat sushi." Let's say a student guesses, "I went to Hokkaido to play baseball." You would tell the student, "You got 2 correct."


  • The numbers located below each of the pictures on the worksheet is used as an indication of which round the group is on.
  • The more genki, the better.


  • Dull, lazy and/or can't-be-bothered classes are probably unsuited for this activity.



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Estimated time: 15-30 min

Submitted by: Englipedia Archive

September 06, 2019


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