IELTS Speaking Prepositions and articles pairwork guessing game

Student A

Choose one of the sections below and read out examples with that preposition or determiner missing until your partner guesses the missing word. They can only guess once per hint. If you run out of examples before they guess, either make up more examples of give other hints.  

A

Can I ask about a word in the question?

I will take a trip to the mountains.

I started studying English when I was a child.

That’s a difficult question.

I don’t know a lot about this, but I guess…

It was a long time ago, but I think…

When I was a junior high school student,…

I go back to my hometown about twice a year.

I’m not sure if this is a good example, but…

A couple of weeks ago…

A few years ago,… 

About

I’ve never really thought about that before.

Should I talk about Tokyo, or the city I come from?

The book which I am reading is about a serial killer who…

I don’t know a lot about this, but I guess… I’m going to speak about…

After

I’m going to see my grandparents the day after tomorrow. 

Ago

I moved to Tokyo about 12 years ago.

An

I am an only child.

My father is an office worker.

I work as an accountant. 

Any

I don’t really have any hobbies, but… 

As

As you may know,…

As far as I know,… 

At

I do aerobics at my local gym twice a week.

I’m a freshman at Tokyo University.

When I was at high school,…

In the evening I prefer staying at home but I go out at the weekends.

I’m not between jobs at the moment but I have an interview next week.

Looking at it another way,… 

Back

I go back to my hometown about twice a year.

Before

I just came back from abroad the week before last. 

Between

It takes me between thirty and forty minutes.

For

I work for Toshiba.

My hometown is famous for dumplings.

I’ve been living in Tokyo for about thirteen years. 

From

From personal experience, I would say that…

I’m flying to Spain with some friends from university.

I live about 20 minutes from here

I am from Gunma prefecture.

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IELTS Speaking Prepositions and articles pairwork

Student B

Choose one of the sections below and read out examples with that preposition or determiner missing until your partner guesses the missing word. They can only guess once per hint. If you run out of examples before they guess, either make up more examples of give other hints.  

In

I live in a studio flat near Shinjuku.

I’d like to live in the countryside.

I’m going back to visit my parents in two weeks.

When I was in my early teens,…

When I was in the second year of university,…

I was born in Tokyo.

I live in the suburbs.

I’m in charge of a regional sales department.

I’d like to move back in the next few years.

In my free time I mainly watch TV and jog along the river.

I sometimes see a movie in the evening but otherwise I just go straight home.

In my limited experience,…

In my opinion,…

In general,… 

Much

I don’t have much leisure time, so I spend most of it with my wife and daughter. 

No

I’m no expert on this, but I would imagine…

Of

I’m quite fond of Japanese pop.

I didn’t understand the last part of the question.

I can’t think of anything to say.

That’s all I can think of to say.

That’s all I can think of to say. 

Off

My days off are Monday and Tuesday, so at the weekend I almost always work.

On

I live on the third floor of an apartment building.

I’m no expert on this, but I would imagine…

Moving on to the second question,… 

Out

I usually finish work too late to go out at night, so I often go drinking at the weekend.

Since

I’ve been studying English since I was in junior high school.

The

Sorry, I didn’t catch the final word of the question.

Sorry, what was the question again?

The majority of people who I know,…

I didn’t understand the last part of the question.”

The first thing that comes to mind is…”,

Just the other day… 

To

I meant to say…

That is to say…

The first thing that comes to mind is…

I have been to France but nowhere else. 

Up

I was born in Tokyo but I was brought up on an island near Kyushu.

I grew up near here but then went away to university.

I usually meet up with my friends and go drinking.

I’d like to take up surfing because I saw a great movie about it last year. 

No preposition

I saw a movie _______ last week about…

I would like to travel _______ abroad in the next few years.

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