SVOMPT – word order in English

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.

[showmyads] 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.

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Ruth

    In question 8, the answer is incorrect.

  2. Yousra mansour

    Very useful lesson

  3. Javier

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

  4. Gabriela

    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

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

  6. Yvonne diederichs

    It is marvelous!

  7. Zdenda

    Thank you. I am glad you like it.

  8. Zdenda

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

  9. Zdenda

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

  10. Zdenda

    The mistake has been corrected. Sorry about it.

  11. Michelle Couny

    Brilliant thank you!!

  12. Chris No cornell

    thanks to ye!!!

  13. Sundar

    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

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

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