Building verb phrases

In this resource we’ll look at how verb phrases can be built up by putting auxiliary verbs and main verbs together.

Goals

Lesson Plan

In the slide show in the Activity page in the right hand menu, a box of verbs appears. The teacher explains that the students' task is to find as many ways as possible of putting the verbs together to form verb phrases with two words or more. Some combinations don’t work, and some verbs won’t fit together. So you’ll need to test them out, and see which combinations and orders work.

To perform the exercise, select a card and hold it to drag words around the screen. Join words by dragging one word close beside another, which will flash. Separate them by double-clicking on a word.

Identify the combinations that are and aren't possible. Then have the students divide the phrases into groups. For example, some verb phrases begin with the same auxiliary verb.

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Building verb phrases: Activity

In this activity, use the interactive whiteboard to build verb phrases. Can you use all the words and make every verb phrase grammatical?

Encourage your students to explore the meaning of the verb phrases they construct: how does the use of modal verbs affect the meaning of the main verb, for example? What about the tense?

Drag words next to each other and they will 'snap' together. Double-click to 'unsnap'.

has
broken
being
must
go
going
were
should
be
have
whispers
whispering
whisper
had
been
laughing
laugh
is
eaten
brought
was
will

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