Gerunds and Infinitives ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Find Someone Who...

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Activity - Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Controlled and Freer Practice - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free gerunds and infinitives Find Someone Who activity, students ask and answer questions with gerunds and infinitives. This is a good activity to use when introducing gerunds and infinitives for the first time. First, students go through the items on the worksheet and form the questions they need to ask in order to do the activity, e.g. 'Do you love watching horror films?' Students then go around the classroom asking and answering the questions. When a classmate answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes their name and asks a follow-up question to gain more information, e.g. 'Why do you love watching horror films?' When everyone has finished, students use gerunds and infinitives to give feedback to the class on what they found out about their classmates.
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Gerunds and Infinitives Practice

ESL Gerund and Infinitive Practice - Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Sentence Completion - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This gerunds and infinitives worksheet helps students to learn and practice commonly used gerund and infinitive forms. Students begin with two gap-fill exercises where they complete sentences with gerunds and then infinitives. Next, students complete sentences with the gerund or infinitive form of the verbs in brackets. Lastly, students use their own ideas to complete sentences with gerunds and infinitives from the worksheet.
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Gerunds Crossword

ESL Gerunds Activity - Grammar: Crossword, Sentence Completion - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this gerunds as a subject activity, students make sentences with gerunds as the subject and then use the gerunds to complete a crossword. Student A begins by choosing a verb from the box and saying it to Student B who listens and looks at the clues on their worksheet to find the sentence that needs the verb as a gerund. Student B then reads the complete sentence aloud with the gerund as the subject. If Student A agrees it's correct, Student B gives them the clue number and both students write the gerund in the crossword. When Student A has completed their part of the crossword, the two students swap roles. Finally, students check their answers by comparing crosswords and then discuss whether they agree or disagree with the sentences.
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Guess who it is

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Game - Grammar, Writing and Listening: Gap-fill, Binary Choice, Writing Sentences, Guessing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this gerunds and infinitives activity, students write sentences about themselves with gerunds and infinitives and then play a guessing game using the sentences. Students complete sentences on their numbered worksheet with doing or to do. Students then respond to each item by writing a true sentence about themselves, e.g. 'I enjoy riding my mountain bike in my free time'. When everyone has finished, collect in the worksheets and then redistribute them. Students then take it in turns to read out the student number and sentences on their worksheet. Students start each sentence with 'This person…' and use the pronouns they and their, e.g. 'This person enjoys riding their mountain bike in their free time'. The other students write down the student number in their chart and listen to all the sentences. Students then try to guess the writer's identity, writing their guess next to the number in the chart. Afterwards, students reveal their numbers. Students score one point for each correctly identified student. The student with the most points wins the game.
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This is me

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Sentence Completion, Guided Discussion, Controlled and Freer Practice - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a gerunds and infinitives discussion activity to use in class with your students. In the activity, students complete sentences about themselves using gerund and infinitive forms. Students then discuss their sentences in small groups. Students begin by completing sentences with true information about themselves using a gerund or infinitive in each sentence. In groups, students then discuss their sentences. Afterwards, students tell the class what they found out about their classmates.
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What do you like doing?

ESL Gerunds Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Controlled Practice - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this fun gerunds activity, students talk about what they like doing at certain times. To start, students read through the worksheet and tick the option in each category that best describes what they like doing. Students can add their own answer if they wish using a gerund. Students then ask questions to their classmates to find a student who has the same interest as them in each category, e.g. 'What do you like doing in the morning?' When a student finds someone who likes doing the same thing, they write each other's names down and move on to speak to another student. When everyone has finished, students tell the class about their findings.
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Bad at Badminton

ESL Gerund and Infinitive Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Matching, Gap-fill, Sentence Completion - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions, Controlled Practice - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this rewarding verb patterns worksheet, students practice using verbs with gerunds and infinitives. In two groups, students look at a list of verbs and decide whether a gerund or infinitive comes after each one. Students then write G for gerund, I for infinitive, or E for either next to each verb. Next, tell both groups of students that they have the same paragraph texts but with different words missing. Students then fill in the gaps with the words shown and complete questions and answers about the text. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group. Finally, students take it in turns to ask the questions they wrote to their partner and reply to their partner's questions about the text.
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Create a Sentence

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Game - Grammar and Speaking: Forming Sentences from Prompts, Freer Practice - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is a free gerunds and infinitives game in which students create sentences with words and phrases that are followed by a gerund or infinitive with or without to. Players take it in turns to make sentences with gerunds or infinitives by combining a set A card and a set B card from the cards in their hand. Each time a player makes a sentence, they place the two cards on the table. If a player successfully makes a sentence, the player puts the two cards aside and replaces the cards by taking one from each pile. If not, the player takes the cards back. When a player makes a sentence, the other students may accept or challenge the sentence. If a player cannot make a sentence, they use their turn to change one of their cards. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins.
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Discussion Time

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Activity - Speaking: Guided Discussion, Communicative Practice - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this gerunds and infinitives speaking activity, students talk about various topics using gerunds and infinitives with to. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a topic card and start a discussion. Students then discuss the topic on the card using gerunds and infinitives. Encouraged the students to ask for and give as much information as possible about each topic. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out about some of the things the students discussed.
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Gerund and Infinitive Dominoes

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Game - Grammar: Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts, Freer Practice - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this gerunds and infinitives dominoes game, students practice making sentences by matching verbs to gerunds or infinitives and vice-versa. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure the verb in bold matches with the gerund or infinitive, or vice-versa. The player then makes a sentence with the verb and gerund or infinitive to show the match is correct. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and so on. If a player can't think of a sentence, makes a grammar mistake or matches the dominoes incorrectly, the player takes back the domino and play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Gerund and Infinitive Master

ESL Gerund and Infinitive Worksheet - Grammar Exercise: Gap-fill, Changing Word Forms - Intermediate (B1) - 20 minutes

Here is a gerunds and infinitives worksheet to test students' knowledge of gerunds and infinitives with to. First, students complete each sentence with the verb in brackets in its gerund or infinitive form. Students score one point for each correct answer. Finally, students check their scores to see how well they know gerunds and infinitives.
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Gerund or Infinitive?

ESL Gerund and Infinitive Worksheet - Vocabulary and Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Sentence Completion - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

This verb patterns worksheet helps students to practice or review gerunds and infinitives. Students begin with a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with the gerund or infinitive form of the verbs in brackets. After that, students move on to choose the correct gerund or infinitive forms in a set of sentences. Lastly, students use gerunds and infinitives to complete sentences with true information about themselves.
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My Sentence About You

ESL Gerunds Activity - Speaking: Writing Sentences from Prompts, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Freer Practice - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this fun gerunds activity, students try to write true sentences about their classmates and then check if their sentences are true or not by asking questions. Students start by writing the name of each student in the class in the first column of the worksheet. Students then try to write a true sentence about each person using the verb next to their name followed by a gerund, e.g. 'Charlie likes getting up late at the weekend'. When the students have finished, they go around the class checking if their sentences are true or not. They do this by asking questions to the classmates listed on their worksheet, e.g. 'Charlie, do you like getting up late at the weekend?' If a sentence is true, students put a tick in the last column. If it's not true, students put a cross. The student with the most true sentences wins.
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Same here

ESL Gerund and Infinitive Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Sentence Completion, Agreeing, Controlled and Freer Practice - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this gerunds and infinitives activity, students complete sentences about themselves with true information and then find classmates who are the same. Students begin by completing each sentence on the worksheet with true information about themselves using a gerund or infinitive. When the students have finished, they try to find one person for each sentence who is the same as them. They do this by reading their sentences to one another, e.g. 'At the weekend, I enjoy playing tennis'. If a classmate agrees with their sentence, they say 'Same here'. The student then writes their name in the 'Name' column next to the sentence. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the class on what they found out.
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Tell me about...

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Activity - Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Freer Practice - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 20 minutes

Here is a free gerunds and infinitives speaking activity for intermediate students to do in class. Student A starts by asking Student B to tell him or her about the things listed on the worksheet, e.g. 'Tell me about something you want to do in the future'. Each response Student B gives requires a gerund or infinitive in the answer. When all the questions have been asked, students swap roles. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.
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Thinking of You

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Activity - Grammar: Sentence Completion, Guessing, Reading Sentences - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is a gerunds and infinitives activity to use with your students in class. In the activity, students complete sentences by guessing true information about a partner. First, students think about their partner and complete sentences on the worksheet by guessing true information about him or her. Students must use a gerund or infinitive in each sentence. Student A then starts by reading their completed sentences to Student B, who listens and tells their partner if the sentences are true or not. If a sentence is wrong, Student B gives the real answer. When Student A has finished reading their sentences, students swap roles. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on what they found out.
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It's worth racing to win!

ESL Gerunds Board Game - Grammar: Sentence Completion, Freer Practice - Group Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this gerunds game, students complete sentences with a gerund or gerund phrase. The sentences focus on the expressions (not) worth... and (no) point... to show the (lack of) usefulness or value of an action or suggestion. In groups, players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a sentence square, they complete the sentence with an appropriate gerund or gerund phrase. Each gerund player's use must be unique. The player then writes the gerund on a piece of paper. If a player accidentally uses a gerund twice or makes a grammar mistake, they move back three spaces. The first player to reach the finish is the winner.
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I was thinking of...

ESL Gerund and Infinitive Game - Grammar: Forming Sentences from Prompts, Freer Practice - Pair Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this Connect 4 style gerunds grammar game, students practice talking about past plans and intentions using thinking of and gerund phrases. In pairs, players take it in turns to choose a square and form a sentence using thinking of with the indicated time adverbial and person or people, e.g. 'I was thinking of moving to Sweden after I left school, but I ended up going to Japan instead'. The player then writes the gerund phrase (e.g. moving to Sweden) in the square. The first player to get four squares in a row wins. If you want to give the students more practice, you can ask them to make only true statements and then discuss each statement before moving on to the next player's turn.
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True or False?

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Game - Grammar and Speaking: Writing Sentences, Asking and Answering Questions, Freer Practice, Guessing - Group Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 35 minutes

In this free gerunds and infinitives game, students write true and false sentences about themselves and then play a true or false guessing game with the sentences. Each student has six verb cards. For each verb, students write three sentences about themselves, one true and two false. All the verbs must be followed by a gerund or infinitive. Students then take it in turns to read out their three sentences to the rest of the group. Each time three sentences are read out, the group members ask the student questions to help them decide which sentence is true. When the group members have each decided on a sentence, the student reveals the correct answer. Students that guessed correctly score a point. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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