This is a speaking exercise to practise clauses and infinitive of purpose.

Paul Kaye
  • to ...
  • in order to ...
  • so ...
  • so that ...

There are two versions, worksheet A for pre-intermediate and worksheet B for intermediate. Worksheet A asks learners to use only the infinitive of purpose in the communicative activity. Worksheet B asks them to use a variety of forms and add their own questions. A good pre-intermediate class could use this worksheet also. The form itself is used in a free way, making it suitable for a class who are practising after more controlled work.


You will need to explain the question 'Why bother?' - which is used to mean why fight against troubles or problems, why make an effort etc.

Before the class, prepare enough photocopies of the worksheet for each learner to have a copy.

Warning: Learners may notice the abbreviated form of the questions, i.e. no auxiliary and no subject. Acknowledge their concerns and tell them this is a form native speakers use when talking generally.


  • Ask the learners the question 'Why learn English?'. They will have lots of answers. Try to elicit some examples of the target language, e.g. 'So that I can get a better job'.
  • Give out a copy of Worksheet A to each student. Tell learners to ask each other the questions and complete the worksheet, asking a different person each question.
  • Give out a copy of Worksheet B to each student. Tell learners to add three more questions, then ask each other as above.
  • Monitor as the students work and try to make notes of any errors of form.
  • Elicit any interesting answers open-class.
  • Put up some examples of errors you have heard while monitoring (don't say who made the error) and see if the students can correct them.

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