SVOMPT – word order in English

SVOMPT word order mind map

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.

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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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16 Comments

  1. Ruth
    In question 8, the answer is incorrect.
    01/09/2014 at 9:26 am
  2. Yousra mansour
    Very useful lesson
    01/09/2014 at 10:49 am
  3. In the first quiz, David can't be "manner". It's a "subject"..
    01/09/2014 at 10:51 am
  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.
    01/09/2014 at 11:40 am
  5. Clive
    The answer to question 15 is incorrect. Other questions can have more than one answer.
    01/09/2014 at 9:53 pm
  6. Yvonne diederichs
    It is marvelous!
    01/09/2014 at 11:34 pm
  7. Zdenda
    Thank you. I am glad you like it.
    06/09/2014 at 4:07 am
  8. Zdenda
    I will have a look at it. Thanks for spotting it.
    06/09/2014 at 4:07 am
  9. Zdenda
    You are right. Sorry about the mistake. I will correct it immediatelly. Thanks for writing.
    06/09/2014 at 4:10 am
  10. Zdenda
    The mistake has been corrected. Sorry about it.
    06/09/2014 at 4:28 am
  11. Michelle Couny
    Brilliant thank you!!
    15/09/2014 at 7:37 pm
  12. Chris No cornell
    thanks to ye!!!
    08/08/2017 at 4:36 pm
  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!!!
    13/11/2017 at 6:43 am
  14. Mohammed
    I got all correct. I did it well. I discovered English is very easy than expected. Thank you
    01/05/2018 at 3:39 am
  15. Karolína
    Thank you so much! I really like this game because it really helped me. And thank you so much again. :)
    07/12/2023 at 4:25 pm
  16. KarolinaCZ
    Hello thank you so much! I really like this game because it really helped me. And thank you so much again. :D
    07/12/2023 at 4:28 pm

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