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Opposites Quiz Game

Opposites Quiz Game

Students review common verbs and their opposites in this fun, opposites quiz game. A speaking activity for elementary ESL students.

Level:  Elementary

Topic:  Warmer

Time:  20 minutes


  • Make one copy of the KEY for the teacher.



Read a verb from the left column of the Verbs List (from the KEY in the downloads section) and elicit its opposite from the students. Discuss acceptable alternative opposites.


Then, divide the students into groups of 3 to 5.


Decide which team will go first.

Flip a coin -OR-

Ask one student from each group to play a quick round of "Rock, Paper, Scissors".


To play, read a verb from the left column of the Verbs List. The first team that gives an acceptable opposite gets a point.


Continue the game until all the verbs are finished. The team with the most points at the end is the winner.


For higher level classes, you can ask the students to make a sentence using the opposite word in order to earn a point.

Extended Practice

Give a copy of the KEY to the students.


Put students into pairs, and ask them to make a sentence using two or three of the words from the list of verbs on the KEY.

For example:

I wake up at 6:00am, eat breakfast, and go to school.



Ask the students to write a short story using as many of the verbs as they can.

Printable Worksheets


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