Mistaken Sentence

Mistaken Sentence

Words make up stories, but sometimes stories that can send us down the wrong pathway. With the simplicity of a few words, you have a fun puzzle in your hands.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Write down or print out the following set of words:



Can I have a word with you… maybe even a few words?

Lend me your ears

Reveal the sentence to them.


Very simple… as it says, can you find the three mistakes in this sentence? And go…

Pretend to look at your watch as if you’re timing them. (Or don’t.)

Seal the Deal and Reveal

They should find ‘Misstakes’ and ‘Sentance’, but if they don’t find the final mistake, reveal the answer.


Would you like to phone a friend? Okay, so you’ve got two correct, well done, but the third mistake is… that there are only two mistakes.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Mistakes can be so deceptive.
  • I never make the same mistake three times.
  • I was once mistaken for George Clooney.
Alternative ending

As a joke, ask them if they’d like another go at the word puzzle… “best of two out of three?”

Anticipated responses and retorts

How many people figure this out?

Telling you would be a mistake. But ok, no one yet.

Is there some greater lesson to be gained?

It would be a mistake if there wasn’t.

So, what can we glean from this?

Question everything!
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you want to demonstrate attention to detail.
  • When you want to have a wee bit of fun.
Where to use it
  • informal gatherings
  • sales meetings
  • team building events
  • mentoring
  • customer visits
  • socializing at the bar
Getting ready
Items required
  • A printout of the text or the text image on your mobile phone
  • Have the text ready and you are all set.
Training required
  • Easy as can be.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You may cause some frustration until you reveal the answer.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a printout or the text on your mobile

size size

a piece of paper

durability durability

paper perishes if left in your pants’ pocket

source source

a friend

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

best as a one-on-one

possible health risk possible health risk

may cause a few people to rub their eyes

reusable how many times you can use it

just once

training needed training needed

just do it

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