Causative Verbs ESL Games and Worksheets

Causative Verb Dominoes

ESL Causative Verbs Game - Speaking: Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts - Group work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this free causative verbs game, students make sentences with the causative verbs: get, have, make, let and help. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, pairing a causative verb with an action verb or vice versa. The player then makes a sentence using the two verbs and tells it to the other group members who judge the sentence, e.g. 'My friend got me to pay for his lunch'. If the sentence is grammatically correct and makes sense, the domino remains in place. If not, the player takes back the domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Common Causative Verbs

ESL Causative Verbs Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Rewriting Sentences, Writing Sentences from Prompts - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this causative verbs worksheet, students learn and practice the four commonly used causative verbs: have, make, get and let. First, students complete sentences with causative verbs (have, make, get, or let) and verbs in brackets, changing verb forms as needed. Next, students use the sentences to help them complete verb definitions with the causative verbs: have, make, get, let. Students then move on to rewrite sentences, adding in a causative verb. Afterwards, students write sentences with causative verbs about studying in class. Students write about what they are allowed to do in class, forced to do, persuaded to do, authorized to do, etc. Finally, students read and discuss their sentences with a partner. Students also talk about other aspects of their lives using causative verbs, such as their home life.
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Interactive Version - This causative verbs interactive worksheet helps to teach students how to use the four causative verbs: have, make, get and let.


Causative Verbs Practice

ESL Causative Verbs Worksheet- Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Binary Choice, Multiple Choice, Rewriting Sentences, Sentence Completion - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

Here is a causative verbs worksheet for upper-intermediate students. First, students complete causative verb definitions in a table with the correct verbs. Next, students complete each sentence by underlining the correct causative verb. Students then circle the correct multiple-choice answer that can be used to complete each sentence. After that, students rewrite sentences using causative verbs. Students then move on to rewrite sentences using have / get something done. Lastly, students imagine they live in a perfect world and complete sentences with causative verbs and their own endings. Afterwards, students compare their sentences with a partner.
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Find Someone Who...

ESL Causative Verbs Activity - Speaking: Gap-fill, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Controlled and Freer Practice - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this causative verbs speaking activity, students ask and answer questions with the causative verbs: make, let, have, get, help. First, students complete sentences on the worksheet with the causative verbs shown in their correct form. Next, students review the questions they need to ask for the activity. e.g. 'Do your parents make you do too many chores?' The students then go around the class asking each other the questions. When a student finds someone who answers 'yes' to a question, they write down that person's name in the corresponding column next to the item and ask a follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer in the last column. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on their findings.
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