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Present Simple vs Present Continuous

 
TENSE
FORM
USE
TIME CLUES
Simple
Present
I play tennis on Mondays.
·  Habitual activities and routinesI play tennis every summer
·  Universal facts and truths: Water boils at 100º
·  StatesI still think America would be a great place to live.
  (with verbs: be, like, hate, know, understand,
believe, see, hear, want, think ...)
every morning / day / etc.
always
usually
frequently
sometimes
never/ever
Present Continuous
He's (is) working at the moment.
· Actions happening at the present moment: She’s writing a letter at the moment
· Temporary situations: I’m staying at my sister’s house this week
· With ALWAYS – negative attitude: He is always telling lies! I can’t stand it any more!
Now/ today
right now
this week/ minute/etc.
I’m flying to New York in May
· For plans and arrangements (dates and appointments):
I’m visiting my grandparent on Thursday.
Tomorrow/next week/tonight/soon/
in the future
 
 
I Write the present simple tense in the 3rd person singular of the following verbs:
 
a) play    b) study   c) carry   d) buzz   e) pass   f) finish   g) walk   h) have  i) kiss   j) watch   k) make   l) wash   m) sell  
 

 

II Write the present participle of the following verbs:
 
a) take   b) look    c) have   d) plan   e) rob   f) talk   g) stop   h) smoke  i) run   j) live   k) lie 
 
 
III Write these sentences in their negative form:
 
1. They do the same thing every year.
2. I'm listening to the radio.
3. I sing very well.
4. Tom is going to the cinema tonight.
5. She works very hard.
6. They're learning English.
7. Jack has a new jacket.
8. You know the answer.
9. It is snowing.
10. We are making a cake for tomorrow.
 
IV Make questions:
 
1. you, speak English?
2. the children, play? No, they are asleep.
3. where, your girlfriend come from?
4. Peter, here, too?
5. How often, you, practice the guitar?
6. you, crazy?
7. it, rain? No, not at the moment.
8. there, a theatre, in your town?
9. why, you, run? Because I'm late.
10. where, your friend, usually, go out?
11. you, watch, TV? No, you can turn it off.
12. where, she, live?
13. what, Rob, do? He's having a bath.
14. they, always, visit they grandparents?
15. that clock, work? No, it's broken.
16. he, like, dancing?
 
V Mark the corect sentence:
 
We usually have dinner at 7 o'clock.    
We are usually having dinner at 7 o'clock.
 
Peter goes swimming twice a week.
Peter is going swimming twice a week.
 
Listen! Somebody sings.
Listen! Somebody is singing.
 
Can you see that girl? Why does she smile at us?
Can you see that girl? Why is she smiling at us?
 
How often is he reading a newspaper?
How often does he read a newspaper?
 
Wait! Where do you go?
Wait! Where are you going?
 
Water boils at 100 C.
Water is boiling at 100 C.
 
Does she still decorate her house?
Is she still decorating her house?
 
She is a famous fashion designer. She makes wonderful clothes.
She is a famous fashion designer. She is making wonderful clothes.
 
Mike is liking literature.
Mike likes literature.
 
I can't go out. I study.
I can't go out. I am studying.
 
It hurts! Stop it! Whay are you always doing that?
It hurts! Stop it! Whay do you always do that?
 
VI Spot the mistake:
 
1. Excuse me, but you are siting in my place.
2. Mary and I am expecting someone.
3. Do they looking for a new flat?
4. I don't believe you. You are lieing!
5. What she is thinking about?
6. Tom has a shower at the moment.
7. "What is your father doing?" "He is a doctor".
8. I meet Susan at 8 o'clock tonight.
9. I am playing golf on Saturdays.
10. Leave me alone! Can't you see I work.
11. I usually work till 5 o'clock in the afternoon, but today I work late.
12. Sssh! Somebody follows us.
13. She is going to work by car every day.
14. We take the plane to London tomorrow morning. We've got the tickets.
 
 
VII Choose the correct form of the verbs, use Present Simple or Present Continuous tense:
 
1. Mary   Peter standing at the bus stop.
    Mary: Hello, Peter. What bus you for?
    Peter: Hello, Mary. I for a 9 or a 14.
    Mary: You usually to work by car, don’t you?
    Peter: Yes, but the car to my mother and she sometimes  it. She it today to take Tom to the dentist.
    Mary: I usually by car, too. Jack me because he my office on his way to the factory. But this week he in a factory in the opposite direction: so I like you.
    Peter: Here is a 9 now. on it or you for a 14?
    Mary: I I’ll take the 9. If I for a 14 I may be late, and if you late at my office everyone look at you.
 
2. It is 8:30. Tom and Ann breakfast. They both their letters.
    Tom: No one ever to me. All I is bills!  anything interesting?
    Ann: I’ve got a letter from Hue. He he to London next week and us to meet him for lunch.
 
3. Peter: traffic wardens in your country?
    Pedro: No, I so. You them in my town anyway. What  exactly a traffic warden  ?
    Peter: He up and down the street and if a car too long at the parking place  or in a no parking area he a parking ticket to the windscreen. Look! He a ticket on Tom’s car. Tom will be furious when he it. He getting parking tickets.
 
4. It is Friday evening and the Browns are at home. Mrs Brown to the concert on the radio; Mr Brown a paper, George Brown his homework and Ann Brown a letter. Mr Brown always his newspapers in the evenings. Mrs Brown sometimes but she tonight.
 
 
VII Write the correct form of the verbs, use Present Simple or Present Continuous tense:
 
5. Why  that man (stand) in the middle of the road? He (wait) to get across. He (look) for a gap in the traffic. Why  he (not use) the subway? Lots of people (not bother) to use the subway. They  (prefer) to risk their lives crossing here.
 
6. Tom:   (you, see) that man at the corner? He  (keep) stopping people and asking them questions.   (you, think) he  (ask) for directions?
    Jack: No, I  (expect) he  (make) a survey.
    Tom:    (how, you, make) a survey?
    Jack: You  (stop) people and  (ask) them questions and  (write) the answers on a report sheet. 
 
7. Jack: How much longer   (you, stay) in England?
    Paul: Only one more day. I  (leave) tomorrow night. I  (go) to Holland for two weeks.
    Jack: And   (you, come) back to England after that or   (you, go) home?
    Paul: It  (depend) on my father. But if he  (agree) to let me go on studying here I’ll certainly come back. And I  (expect) he will agree. By the way, Jack and Ann  (see) me off at Victoria tomorrow. Why   (you not come) too? (invitation)
 
8. Tom: I  (smell) something burning!
    Jack: So do I. I  (think) it  (come) from the kitchen. Ann   (probably, iron). She usually  (iron) and  (watch) TV at the same time and if she  (get) very interested in the programme she  (forget) that she  (press) a hot iron on somebody’s shirt. Mother  (think) of selling the TV set.