Jumbled Sentences

In this lesson, we shall learn about jumbled sentences. We express our thoughts by speaking or writing words. The group of words must be structured in a particular order because only the group of orderly arranged words make complete sense and convey a clear meaning.

A sentence is an ordered collection of words which are arranged in a particular order to convey a complete sense and a clear meaning,


  • A sentence always begins with a capital letter.
  • The words used in a sentence must be in a definite order.
  • Punctuation marks, e.i. full stop(.), question mark (?) or exclamation mark (!) must be used at the end of a sentence.

Word order of sentences

Word order means to the way words are structured in a sentence. The standard word order in English is:

Word order of statements

Subject + Verb + Object

Example sentence

Ali plays the piano.

Ali = Subject
plays = Verb
the piano = Object

Word order of yes/no questions

Verb + Subject + Object

Example sentence

Is Ali a teacher?

Is = Verb
Ali = Subject
a teacher = Object

Note for wh- questions Wh- word ( what/why) precedes verb as ;

Why are you crying?

Word order for requests/orders/advices (imperative sentences)

Verb + Object

Example sentence

Shut the door.

To determine the proper sequence of words, you need to understand what the subject, verb and object(s) are.

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Subject: typically a noun or pronoun—the person, place or thing
Verb: the action or state of being
Object: the word or group of words influenced by the verb

The sequence of words is important when communicating in English because it can influence the meaning of what you are trying to say. The sentence, “The cat crossed the road” and “The road crossed the cat” take on two different meanings because the subject and object are inverted. The same would be true if the verb was used out of order, for example: “Crossed the road the cat.”

Here is one more example for you to try. Choose the correct word order for the group of words below:

A. Dropped the girl the ball.
B. The girl dropped the ball.
C. The ball dropped the girl.

If you chose option B, you would be correct. If not, consider listening to English conversations to help build your skills and pick up on these patterns. Do this often and you’ll be a word-order expert in no time!

A. Rearrange these groups of words to make meaningful sentences:

1. don’t/carefully/you/Why/listen (Interrogative)

Why don’t you listen carefully?

2. leave/dishes/I/table/the/don’t/on/dirty (Statement)

I don’t leave dirty dishes on the table.

3. and/in/quietly/Come/sit (Imperative)

Come and sit in quietly.

4. often/to/movies/go/We/see (Statement)

We often go to see movies.

5. you/sweets/Did/buy/me/for (Interrogative)

Did you buy sweets for me?

6. fixing/electrician/wiring/The/faulty/is (Statement)

The electrician is fixing faulty wiring.

7. home/sunset/before/Come (Imperative)

Ans. Come home before sunset.

8. want/do/What/you (Interrogative)

What do you want?

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9. off/Please/switch/fan/the (Imperative)

Please switch off the fan.

10. fire/stopped/in/day/one/the/palace/the/burning (Statement)

One day the fire in the palace stopped burning.

11. the/messenger/to/king/ordered/some/embers/bring/his/back ( Statement)
The king ordered some messenger to bring back his embers.

12. the/have/to/children/gone/school ( Statement)
The children have gone to school.

B. Unscramble the sentences and write the words in the correct order.

1. did/ black/ you/ the /raincoat/ the /one/ or/ blue/ get

Did you get the blue raincoat or the black one?

2. have/ machines /that /do/ / many factories/ a lot of/ the/ work

Many factories have machines that do a lot of the work.

3. he/ the /race /a /to /challenged/ athlete

He challenged the athlete to a race.

4. patient/ the/ spent /two/ elderly /hospital in/ weeks

The elderly patient spent two weeks in the hospital.

5. sea/ has/ many /millions/ the/ deep blue/of/ animals/ in/ it

The deep blue sea has many millions of animals in it.

6. chaotic/ was / scene/ it/ ticket/ at/ the/ desk / a

It was a chaotic scene at the ticket desk.

7. enjoyable / pastime/ fishing / is / an/ for some/ people

Fishing is an enjoyable pastime for some people.

8. dangerous/ as/ the/ water/ it became/ rose/ rapidly

It became dangerous as the water rose rapidly.

9. in/ two/ hospital/ the /spent /elderly patient/ weeks

The elderly patient spent two weeks in the hospital.

10. confused / between /proverbs/ get/ and idioms

I get confused between proverbs and idioms.

11. with / of/ man/ counterfeit/ lots / the him / money/ had

The man had lots of counterfeit money with him.

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12. secret/ stash / of/ sweets / hidden/ the boy / had/ a/in/ his/ bedroom

The boy had a secret stash of sweets hidden in his bedroom.

C. Rearrange the jumbled words to make meaningful sentences and punctuate them.

1. makes/spider/web/The/a
The spide makes a web.

2. I/new/a/toothbrush/need/to/buy
I need to buy a new toothbrush.

3. I/guitar/the/well/very/play
I play the guitar very well.

4. school/goes/to/he/everyday
He goes to school everyday.

5. spots/black/it/on/has/A/ladybird
A ladybird has black spots on it.

6. basketball/school/have/I/practice/after
I have basketball practice after school

7. friends/me/play/My/like/to/with
My friends like to play with me.

8. the/I/going/Saturday/am/zoo/to/on
I am going to the zoo on Saturday.

9. always/is/late/to/school/Christopher
Christopher is always late to school.

10. mulberry/was/the/bush/crawling/Adams/around
Adam was crawling around the mulberry bush

D. Rearrange the jumbled words to make meaningful sentences and punctuate them.

1. morning / 5 a.m/ at/ get up/ I/ the/ i

I get up at 5 a.m in the morning.

2. the/ person/ God/ truthful/ helps

God helps the truthful person.

3. milk/ instead/ take/ I/ curd/ of

I take curd instead of milk.

4. finish/ well/ homework/ my/ in time/ I

I finish my homework well in time.

5. mother/ cook/ My/ great/ is/ a

My mother is a great cook.

6. quite / big/ canteen/ has/ school/ My
My school has suite a big canteen.

7. jokers/ funny/ The/ are
The jokers are funny.

8. enjoy / sleep/ I/ always/ a sound
I always enjoy a sound sleep

9. eat/ Jyoti / to / loves / ice cream
Jyoti loved to eat icecream

10. love/ Everyone/country/ must/ their
Everyone must love their country.

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