by: Stephanie Mojica
; edited by: J. F. Amprimoz
; updated: 5/25/2012
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Free computer grammar games are a great way for kids to practice their English language skills and even for adults to brush up on their grammar. The days of diagramming sentences and dull grammar drills are over, and this guide to free computer grammar games is suitable for all ages.
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English Portal Hangman
English Portal Hangman is a computerized version of the classic hangman game. Players can choose an area on which they would like to focus for their free computer grammar game, such as correspondence, travel, accommodation, or holiday. The player has six tries to fill in the blank or the "man" will "die" from a computerized hanging.
Graphics are simple, yet good. This is an excellent way for children or English as a Second Language (ESL) students to have a lot of fun while learning more about English vocabulary and spelling in a wide variety of situations.
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Spelling Power is published by English Portal, and is an interactive and timed spelling bee with three levels of play. The words range from "computer" to "legislature." This is also a great drill for anyone looking to get into a grammar or spelling bee.
Game play works by allowing about five second each frame to choose the correctly spelled word. Incorrect answers are not revealed until the end of Spelling Power.
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Clean Up Your Grammar
One of the best free computer grammar games is published by Scholastic, and is called Clean Up Your Grammar. The theme of the game is to clean up the beach by throwing words that are of poor grammar into a recycling bin. A Flash plug-in is necessary to play Clean Up Your Grammar. Two levels of game play are available, and those learning Spanish can play a version of Clean Up Your Grammar in that language.
Unfortunately, Clean Up Your Grammar seems to be one of the few "pure" English grammar games online. The good news is it is a great find for those who really need to practice grammar and have no desire to take one of the many grammar "quiz games" offered online.
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Present vs. Progressive
The one drawback to Present vs. Progressive is that it is more of a quiz than a full-fledged free computer grammar game. However, it does get the job done without being a dull, pressure-filled grammar drill or graded quiz in school. The program works right in a Web browser, and is published by the website Woodward Chile. It reviews present tense vs. progressive tense. For example, one of the questions asks the player to fill in the blank as follows:
"I ____ from 9 to 5 every day."
The interactive menu offers three choices to click upon:
1) am working
The correct answer is #2, work, to make the proper sentence as follows:
"I work from 9 to 5 every day."
If you get the incorrect answer, you can try again and will eventually be given the correct answer. Woodward Chile has a ton of similar free grammar quizzes on its website, offering a chance to try your hand at everything from nouns to irregular verbs and beyond.