Marvin Gaye – How deep is the ocean?

This song comes with a worksheet to use in the classroomPractice the “how + adjective” question word interrogative in your ESL class with this song, How deep is the ocean? by Marvin Gaye.

These song lyrics include 5 examples of questions with the “how” question word: “how much”, “how high”, “how deep”, “how many” & “how far”.

There is a suggestion on how to use this song in your ESL classes below, but for more ideas, click here.

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Lyrics

How much do I love you?
I’ll tell you no lie
How deep is the ocean?
How high is the sky?

How many times a day do I think of you?
How many roses are sprinkled with dew?
How far would I travel to be where you are
How far is the journey from here to a star?

And if I left you, how much would I cry?
How deep is the ocean? How high is the sky?

Suggested activity: put the words in the correct order

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Try to put the words in the questions below into the correct order. Then listen to the song to check.

much do how you I love
I’ll tell you no lie
ocean is the deep how
is the sky high how

you do many day of think times how a I of
dew sprinkled roses many are with how
where are you to be far how travel I would
a star journey is here the far to how from

And if I ever lost you, I would cry much how
ocean is the deep how
is the sky high how

Marvin GayeAmerican singer (1939–1984)

Marvin Pentz Gaye was an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter, and musician. He helped shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of successes, which earned him the nicknames “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”.