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When you students struggle with word order, take the time to review this with them using one of the 101 word order worksheets available in this section. Browse through this section to find something that your students will enjoy or use these worksheets as a basis for your own. Here is a resource to refer to when talking about word order. The material may be a little overwhelming for your students but the scrambled sentences on the last three pages can be great practice if students have difficulties with word order. There are other scrambled sentences and word order worksheets to look at as well as an article that talks about teaching word order so stick around and explore all that Busy Teacher has to offer.
There are many common word order mistakes that English language learners make even as their overall fluency and level increase. You cannot stress the importance of word order enough so be sure that students understand the position of words in a target structure before sending them off to do practice activities. Not everyone supports the idea of giving students incorrect material but this would be one method of checking to see if students understand correct word order. You could create a worksheet with some incorrect sentences and ask students to make corrections to them. To make this more challenging, ask students to correct the incorrect sentences and include some sentences without errors so they have to be even more attentive when reading. Of course the best method of teaching word order is to include it in your introductions; take preventative measures when it comes to word order and you will have fewer problems to deal with later on in the course.

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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Word Order?
In linguistics, word order typology refers to the study of the order of the syntactic constituents of a language, and how different languages can employ different orders. Correlations between orders found in different syntactic subdomains are also of interest. The primary word orders that are of interest are the constituent order of a clausethe relative order of subject, object, and verb; the order of modifiers (adjectives, numerals, demonstratives, possessives, and adjuncts) in a noun phrase; and the order of adverbials. Some languages have relatively restrictive word orders, often relying on the order of constituents to convey important grammatical information. Others, often those that convey grammatical information through inflection, allow more flexibility which can be used to encode pragmatic information such as topicalisation or focus. Most languages however have some preferred word order which is used most frequently...
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The Present Simple Tense

The Present Simple Tense

, , Word Order
  This resource has a few exercises to practise the Present Simple Tense. It is appropriate for revision and learning the rules concerning tense and the position of adverbs in a sentence.& ...
1 Views 2,367 ElemPre-Int
Common Quantifiers, Too, And Enough With Nouns, Verbs And Adjectives

Common Quantifiers, Too, And Enough With Nouns, Verbs And Adjectives

  In this worksheet, students practise the function of the following quantifiers: a lot of, too many, too much, a few, a little, many, much, enough and use them in context. An answer key i ...
1 Views 1,877 Pre-Int
Demonstratives  This, that, these, those

Demonstratives This, that, these, those

  We use demonstrative pronouns like this and these to refer to people/things that are near us. We use that and those to refer to people/things that are NOT near us. Students choose t ...
1 Views 5,374 Elem
Present Perfect With Yet, Just And Already

Present Perfect With Yet, Just And Already

This worksheet lets students review past participles, and it gives students the opportunity to practise present perfect with “yet, just, already”. In the first exercise students need ...
1 Views 11,249 Pre-Int
Irregular Verbs and Introduction To Present Perfect: Form

Irregular Verbs and Introduction To Present Perfect: Form

This worksheet lets students review common irregular verbs and gives them the opportunity to practise the form of present perfect. In the first exercise students complete a table with the past si ...
1 Views 5,661 Pre-Int
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Superlatives: Form, And Use With Present Perfect With Ever

Superlatives: Form, And Use With Present Perfect With Ever

This worksheets lets students revisit the form of superlatives and their use with present perfect with “ever”. In the first exercise students complete a table with the correct compara ...
1 Views 14,553 Pre-Int
Order of Adjectives

Order of Adjectives

kristine44
, Word Order
This is a grammar-guide about the order of adjectives (describing objects). It’s an explanation on how to use several adjectives in front of a noun. With some examples and a few illustratio ...
1 Views 11,321 Pre-IntIntAdv
Placing Adverbs of Frequency in Sentences

Placing Adverbs of Frequency in Sentences

Robin Woelke
This is a quick and easy exercise of adverbs of frequency. It has both the verb be and regular verbs, so the teacher should have already explained the difference in adverb placement. The student ...
1 Views 16,736 Pre-IntInt
In Flanders Fields Video and Worksheet

In Flanders Fields Video and Worksheet

kristine44
Word Order, ,
This is the famous poem written by Lt. John McCrae during World War I (1915). I've made a worksheet with six exercises to learn to understand the poem. You can watch the video, do the exercises (w ...
1 Views 4,980 ElemPre-Int
Replace Love - A Valentine's Day Grammar and Vocabulary Worksheet

Replace Love - A Valentine's Day Grammar and Vocabulary Worksheet

Color-coded grammar activities are great for visual learners so they can see how the order of words should look. Use this Valentine's Day themed color-coded grammar worksheet to get students seein ...
1 Views 22,795 BegElem
The Sentence Train and Word Order

The Sentence Train and Word Order

Darja Pretnar
» Word Order
This worksheet teaches your beginner students the rules of forming English sentences, focusing mainly on the subject-verb position. Kids (and adults, too) love the image of the train and the idea ...
7 Views 24,220 ElemPre-Int
Adjective Order - Practice 3

Adjective Order - Practice 3

Celia Jenkins
, Word Order
When more than one adjective is used in a sentence, it is important to put them in the right order. Using the acronym O SASh.COM, students can practice putting adjectives in the right order. There ...
7 Views 15,214 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Noun + Noun Collocations: Food

Noun + Noun Collocations: Food

Ruth Pardiñas
Word Order, ,
This worksheet can be used to practise 'noun + noun' collocations and help students understand the importance of word order in this kind of structure using some common food vocabulary. The words c ...
4 Views 27,714 All
Adjective Order - Practice 2

Adjective Order - Practice 2

Celia Jenkins
, Word Order
When more than one adjective is used in a sentence, it is important to put them in the right order. Using the acronym O SASh.COM, students can practice putting adjectives in the right order. This ...
12 Views 16,702 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Adjective Order - Practice 1

Adjective Order - Practice 1

Celia Jenkins
, Word Order
When more than one adjective is used in a sentence, it is important to put them in the right order. Using the acronym O SASh.COM, students can practice putting adjectives in the right order. There ...
8 Views 20,217 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Word Order ,10 + 10 Amazing Facts (Present Simple)

Movie Worksheet: Word Order ,10 + 10 Amazing Facts (Present Simple)

A worksheet to practice the present simple and sentence structure. In the video there is a short explanation of word order in English plus an activity similar to the one in the worksheet with 10 ...
5 Views 21,114 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Word Search - Albert Einstein

Word Search - Albert Einstein

Word Order, ,
We have created a fun word search for your students to enjoy. There are eighteen words hidden in the grid that are all associated with Albert Einstein. Students try and find all of the words hidde ...
3 Views 11,058 Elem
Word Order in Questions

Word Order in Questions

Sofiavis
, Word Order
First there is an explanation of how to ask questions in present simple using the verb to be and other verbs. Then  there are exerices to support the theory. The answers are provided and it i ...
8 Views 21,278 Pre-Int
Questions Drill (for Russian Speakers)

Questions Drill (for Russian Speakers)

, Word Order,
This is a great worksheet for practising  questions with elementary students. They have to create questions with given words and tips. Print it on the color paper, cut it, make it one column ...
3 Views 9,553 BegElem
Small Talk vs. Meaningful Conversation

Small Talk vs. Meaningful Conversation

Candice Soldatelli
This speaking activity is based on an article from The Elephant Journal entitled "Small Talk: I can't do it anymore" by Morgan L. Callison. We ask ss to say what they understand by "small talk" an ...
9 Views 19,923 IntAdv
My Parts of Speech Balloons

My Parts of Speech Balloons

dewi santi
» Word Order
This worksheet is for the students practice activity about parts of speech. Before giving it to them, make sure that they are already familiar with the words, however translating beforehand is pos ...
7 Views 11,612 BegElemPre-Int
English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 3

English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 3

» Word Order
English resource: unscramble the sentences. This multi-step worksheet will help children practice their sentence building. Students unscramble the words to write a statement. They then use the sam ...
3 Views 18,413 Elem
English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 2

English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 2

» Word Order
English resource: unscramble the sentences. This multi-step worksheet will help children practice their sentence building. Students unscramble the words to write a statement. They then use the sam ...
3 Views 12,670 Elem
English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 1

English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 1

» Word Order
English resource: unscramble the sentences. This multi-step worksheet will help children practice their sentence building. Students unscramble the words to write a statement. They then use the sam ...
5 Views 13,485 ElemPre-Int
Too or Enough

Too or Enough

20 sentences that students have to complete the correct too or enough form either with noun or adjective. The key to the sentences is provided. Hope the worksheet is useful to revise this type of ...
12 Views 23,792 Pre-IntIntAdv

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