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Playing with Words

In this lesson we’re looking at how to play with words in English.

We’re going to look at four different types of words, we’re also going to look at prononciation of about thirty simple words. 

Have fun with the lesson, and don’t forget to try the quizzes.

– James.

Lesson Contents

Section title

Let’s look at four different word types:

  • Nouns

These are things, people or ideas.

My friend Joey is an actor.

He’s got a cat.

  • Adjectives

These are words that describe nouns.

He’s a smart man.

His films are great!

  • Verbs

These are actions or states.

He tries so hard.

He’s acted in lots of films.

  • Adverbs

These are words that describe verbs or adjectives.

He studies his lines carefully.

He’s a really good friend.

Read the sentences below and decide if the missing words are nouns, adjectives, verbs or adverbs.

Read the sentences and complete them using words that start with ACT-.

Phonetic sounds

Listen to the sets of three words, and try to repeat them with the correct prononciation.


good – stood – wood


food – mood – rude


bread – read (past) – said


greed – read (present) – seed


maid – paid – played


done – sun – won


bone – phone – zone


dear – hear – near


bear – dare – wear


clerk – perk – work


fork – pork – walk

Read the four words below, and select the one that does not sound like the others.

Match the words that go well together. Sometimes they will be compound nouns, sometimes a verb and a noun.

All Quizzes