Gerunds and Infinitives ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Find Someone Who...

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-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, the students use gerunds and infinitives to give feedback to the class on what they found out about their classmates.
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What do you like doing?

ESL Gerunds Activity - Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-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, the students tell the class about their findings.
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Gerunds and Infinitives

ESL Gerund and Infinitive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This free 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, the 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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Interactive Version - In this free gerunds and infinitives interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to learn and practice commonly used gerunds and infinitives.

 

Gerunds Crossword

ESL Gerunds Game - Reading, Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a gerunds as a subject game for students to play in class. In the game, students race to complete a crossword by making sentences with gerunds as the subject. In pairs, the student with the crossword chooses a verb from the box and tells their partner the verb. Their partner looks at the clues and finds the sentence that needs that verb as a gerund. The student then reads the completed sentence aloud with the gerund as the subject. The other student listens to the sentence and says whether they think the sentence is correct or not. If both students agree it's correct, the student with the clues writes the gerund in the sentence and says the clue number to their partner, e.g. 'This is the clue for one down'. The other student then writes the gerund in the crossword. The first pair of students to complete the crossword wins the game.
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Interactive Version - In this gerunds interactive breakout room activity, pairs of students do an exercise where they make sentences with gerunds as the subject in order to complete a crossword.

 

Guess who it is

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - 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 1 to 10 on their numbered worksheet with ‘doing’ or ‘to do’, e.g. something you enjoy doing in your free time. The 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. The students then try to guess the writer's identity, writing their guess next to the number in the chart. When everyone has read their sentences, students reveal their numbers. Students score one point for each correctly identified student. The student with the highest number of points wins the game.
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Thinking of You

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 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, the students swap roles. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on what they found out.
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Interactive Version - In this gerunds and infinitives breakout room activity, students guess true information about a partner in order to complete sentences that contain gerunds and infinitives.

 

This is me

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - 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. The 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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Interactive Version - In this gerunds and infinitives discussion breakout room activity, students complete gerund and infinitive sentences about themselves and then discuss what they wrote in small groups.

 

Bad at Badminton

ESL Gerund and Infinitive Worksheet - Writing, Listening and Speaking - 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 - Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is an engaging 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 - Reading, Listening and Speaking - 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. The 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 - Matching and Speaking Activity - 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 - Reading and Writing Exercise - 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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Interactive Version - In this interactive gerunds and infinitives PDF, students do a written exercise to review their understanding of gerunds and infinitives with 'to'.

 

Gerund or Infinitive?

ESL Gerund or Infinitive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - 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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Interactive Version - This gerund or infinitive interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help students practice or review gerunds and infinitives.

 

My Sentence About You

ESL Gerunds Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - 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. The 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, the students put a cross. The student with the most true sentences wins.
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Same here

ESL Gerund and Infinitive Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - 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, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out.
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Tell me about...

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - 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, the students swap roles. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.
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Interactive Version - In this free gerund and infinitive breakout room activity, pairs of students discuss various topics to practice gerunds and infinitives.

 

True or False?

ESL Gerunds and Infinitives Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - 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, the 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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