There is someone doing something – elementary grammar

Posted on Mar 11 2014 - 5:02am by Zdenda

I had been using these phrases long before I learnt that they were a grammar item. However, as I have to teach them to my students at school, I have created this short post. There is just a simple graphical presentation of the phrases and two games to practise them.

To practise phrase there is someone doing in a more realistic and communicative  way I recommend using some similar picture where students should find the differences. Nice pictures for spotting the difference can be found at Maryglasgowmagazines (you have to pay to be a member though).

There is someone doing – Mind map

This simple chart shows how the phrase There is/are … doing something should be formed.
there is someone doing something grammar

The way these phrases are formed.

There is someone doing – games

I think I have not used the Penalty template for some time, so here you can play the penalty shootout. Your task is to answer each question correctly and then score a goal. Good luck.

Penalty shootout game

The second game is called Teacher invaders. Your task is to shoot all the invaders and finish the sentences with the correct for of the verbs in the brackets. Be careful with your spelling.

Past simple or past continuous? – quiz

More grammar games

You can find some more grammar games for elementary students at our site. For example there are games and mind maps to learn the past simple tense of irregular verbs. Or you could try the games on forming Adverbs correctly.

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

  1. gaz 11/03/2014 at 2:08 pm -

    There is Peter coming. Are you sure you can use a proper noun?

  2. atef khadr 11/03/2014 at 2:31 pm -

    that’s great thank you so much please I need more I really love English language

  3. توب فون 11/03/2014 at 2:36 pm -

    Mind maps for teaching gramar is great could we see one

  4. eko 11/03/2014 at 3:11 pm -


  5. Zdenda 11/03/2014 at 4:27 pm -

    I think so. Though, I am not that sure now, that you talk about it.

  6. Bazullah Uba Idris 17/03/2014 at 2:06 am -


  7. sylvie 19/01/2021 at 8:10 am -

    I’d love to play your games. However, I have got a Mac computer and can’t open your interactive games. What should I do?

  8. Zdenda 12/02/2021 at 7:04 am -

    Hello Sylvie, I am really sorry but the games are in Flash and as everyone finished supporting Flash, the games will not play. Sorry but you can find some new interactive exercises at

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