SVOMPT – word order in English

Posted on Aug 28 2014 - 3:27am by Zdenda

SVOMPT rule is one of the most important rules in English. If students learn to follow this rule, their English will improve dramatically, and they will be understood. Once a student knows some words and follows the SVOMPT rule, we can say that he/she can speak English.


I love Darren Crown’s explanation of the origin of the SVOMPT word order. In his humorous book “Angličtina na rovinu” he writes that English was first used by a primitive tribe whose members did not want to use their brain too much and thus they created a word order which is always the same – Subject, Verb, Object, adverbs of Manner, adverbs of Place and adverbs of Time. So let´s stop looking for some complicated explanations and let´s think like the primitive barbarians and stick with the SVOMPT word order.

SVOMPT – mind map

The path shows the way an affirmative English sentence is created. You start with a Subject at the top and then you go down and add the words according to the SVOMPT rule.
SVOMPT word order mind map

SVOMPT – games and quizzes

At the moment you feel you understand the grammar it is time to put your knowledge into practice. First, to be able to follow the rule you have to know what part of speech a given word is. You must know whether it is a Subject, Verb, Object, adverb of Manner, adverb of Place or adverb of Time to place the word into the correct place in an English sentence. To help you with this, you can try the following quiz where your task is to tell what part of speech a given word is. If you pass the test, you can play the game Angry finches.

If you want to play the quiz on the full screen, click on the button below.

SVOMPT – what is this word

In the second quiz your task is to put the sentence into the correct order. If you pass this quiz, you can improve your vocabulary in the game called Word Boggle.

If you want to play the quiz on the full screen, click on the button below.

SVOMPT – Arrange the sentence

Both games and quizzes are in HTML5 so they should play on all mobile devices.

14 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ruth 01/09/2014 at 9:26 am -

    In question 8, the answer is incorrect.

  2. Yousra mansour 01/09/2014 at 10:49 am -

    Very useful lesson

  3. Javier 01/09/2014 at 10:51 am -

    In the first quiz, David can’t be “manner”. It’s a “subject”..

  4. Gabriela 01/09/2014 at 11:40 am -

    Sorry, your quiz is faulty. I will still believe, no matter your arguments, that in the sentence “David works very slowly.”, David is the subject, as I opted, and NOT the adverbial of Manner, as you wrongly suggested.

  5. Clive 01/09/2014 at 9:53 pm -

    The answer to question 15 is incorrect. Other questions can have more than one answer.

  6. Yvonne diederichs 01/09/2014 at 11:34 pm -

    It is marvelous!

  7. Zdenda 06/09/2014 at 4:07 am -

    Thank you. I am glad you like it.

  8. Zdenda 06/09/2014 at 4:07 am -

    I will have a look at it. Thanks for spotting it.

  9. Zdenda 06/09/2014 at 4:10 am -

    You are right. Sorry about the mistake. I will correct it immediatelly. Thanks for writing.

  10. Zdenda 06/09/2014 at 4:28 am -

    The mistake has been corrected. Sorry about it.

  11. Michelle Couny 15/09/2014 at 7:37 pm -

    Brilliant thank you!!

  12. Chris No cornell 08/08/2017 at 4:36 pm -

    thanks to ye!!!

  13. Sundar 13/11/2017 at 6:43 am -

    Really good and useful topic. The exercises are even better.
    I would like to see examples on difficult and complex sentences.
    Thank you!!!

  14. Mohammed 01/05/2018 at 3:39 am -

    I got all correct. I did it well. I discovered English is very easy than expected. Thank you

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