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PRESENT SIMPLE versus PRESENT CONTINUOUS

We use Present Simple for:

 
* things in general or things that happen repeatedly;

 

e.g. (+) Water boils at 1000Celsius.

    ( - ) It doesn’t rain very much in summer.

   ( ? ) What do you usually do at weekends?

 

* a permanent situation;

 

e.g. (+) My parents live in London.

    ( - ) He is lazy. He doesn’t work very hard most of the time.

   ( ? ) What subjects do you learn at school?

We use Present Continuous for:

 

* something that is happening at or around the moment of speaking (the action is not finished);

 

e.g. (+) The water is boiling. Can you turn it off?

    ( - ) Let’s go out. It isn’t raining now.

   ( ? ) What are you doing in the kitchen, dad?

 

* a temporary situation;

 

e.g. (+) I am living with some friends until I find a flat.

    ( - ) “You are working very hard today.” “Yes, I’ve got a lot to do.”

   ( ? ) “What are you learning?” “Maths.”

Choose the correct answer:
 
Every day he ....... a bottle of Coke.
 
is drinking
drinks
drink
are drinking

They usually .... ten miles every day.

 
are cycling
cycle
cycles
is cycling

She ........ a good novel at
present.
 
read
reads
is reading
are reading

It ..... very often in  winter.
 
is snowing
snow
are snowing
snows

She ................ a sandwich now.
 
eats
are eating
eat
is eating

.... she often .... juice for  breakfast?
 
Does/drink
Is/drinking
Do/drinks
Is/drinks

They usually .......... a party on Saturdays.
 
are having
have
has
is having

The children usually  .... snowmen in winter.
 
makes
are making
make
is making

 Fred usually  ....  baseball on Sunday morning.
 
plays
are playing
is playing
play

I never ..... letters in my office.
 
type
is typing
am typing
types

Margaret .... tennis at  the moment.
 
plays
are playing
is playing
play

I ...... all the  letters at the moment.
 
type
am typing
is typing
types

He has so much money that he ...... a new car every year.
 
buy
are buying
is buying
buys

We usually ..... coffee after dinner.
 
have
is having
are having
has

I ........... to school every
weekday.
 
go
am going
goes
is going

 On Sundays he usually  ........ at about 11 o’clock.

get up
gets up
are getting up
is getting up

“Where are you going?”
“I…… to the boutique.”
 
go
am going
are going
goes

I often ........... to the radio.
 
listens
listen
is listening
are listening

 We often ....... a roast chicken on Sundays.
 
eat
is eating
are eating
eats

We always ...... tennis at six.
 
plays
play
are playing
is playing

She ............. ice-cream right now.
 
eat
is eating
are eating
eats

The weather is fantastic! It’s warm and the sun ….. . Let’s have a picnic!

shines
shine
is shining
are shining

 He .............. at the moment.
 
skate
is skating
are skating
skates

I often ..........a glass of milk before going to bed.
 
drink
drinks
am drinking
are drinking

They always ….. their presents under the Christmas tree.
 
find
finds
are finding
is finding

Shhh! Be quiet. Tom …….
 
sleeps
are sleeping
is sleeping
sleep

It ......... very often in this country.
 
rain
is raining
rains
are raining

They never ...... chess on Sundays.
 
are playing
is  playing
play
plays

I ………….. .
 
don’t smoke
am not smoking
doesn’t smoke
don’t smokes

They .........  a party just now.
 
have
are having
has
is having

In her free time she ...... books.

read
reads
is reading
are reading

I always............. yougurt for breakfast in the morning.
 
have
has
am having
are having

We often ................. fruit and vegetables.
 
are buying
buys
is buying
buy

He ........ his dog for a walk 3 times a day.

are taking
is taking
take
takes

I .......... a shower  every day.
 
have
am having
has
is having

I rarely ............. junk food.
 
is eating
am eating
eat
eats
  
 

He often .............. TV in the evening.

watch
is watching
are watching
watches

  My ballet lessons 
 ............. at 5 o’clock every day.
 
start
starts
is starting
are starting

 “David, what ........ you …….?” “I am  reading a book.”

 
do/do
are/doing
are /do
does/doing
 
GOOD JOB !!!
 
 
 
 

 

       

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