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Present Tense - Simple and Continuous - Exercises

Present Tense - Simple and Continuous - Exercises

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PRESENT TENSE – SIMPLE AND CONTINUOUS
EXERCISES1.Simple Present or Present Continuous?
1Look! Junko ________ into the water.
jumps
is jumping2I ________ lunch in the cafeteria every day.
have
am having3I ________ to Toronto next Thursday. Do youwant to come?
go
am going4Don't give Jan any cheese. She ________ it!
hates
is hating5You won't find Jerry at home right now. He ________ in the library.
studies
is studying6Once a week, I ________ to an art class at thecollege.
go
am going7I ________ you're crazy!
think 
am thinking8Oliver is rich -- he ________ a Mercedes.
drives
is driving9It ________ quite hard -- perhaps weshouldn't go out tonight.
snows
is snowing10Marie-Claude isn't a Canadian. I ________ she comes from France.
believe
am believing
2.Read the dialogue. Put the verbs in brackets into the Present Continuous or the PresentSimple:
Sue:
Could you turn the TV down? I _______________ (try) to read a book.
Tom:
OK. What ________________ (you/read)?
Sue:
It’s about a journalist. She __________________ (work) for the BBC. She’s in New York at the moment and she _______________________ (interview) people aboutthe mafia.
Tom:
That’s interesting. I _________________ (watch) a series about New York at themoment. It’s on Tuesday evenings. Who is she interviewing?
Sue:
Shes talking to lots of different people. Theres one man who __________________ (drive) a black Cadillac. She ____________________ (not like)him very much, but he has got lots of information about mafia families. It’s exciting because …1
 
Tom:
Sorry, can smell anything? Maybe the neighbors ___________________ (have) a barbecue.
Sue:
No, they aren’t. I ___________________ (cook) sausages for supper! They __________________ (burn)!!!!!
3.Read the dialogue. Put the verbs in brackets into the Present Continuous or the PresentSimple:
Wally ____________________ (do) a very dangerous and stressful job, but it isvery interesting and he _________________________ (enjoy) working outdoors. Heusually ___________________ (work) abroad in places like the USA, Indonesia and theMiddle East. At the moment he
 
 _____________________ (work) in the east of England.His company ____________________ (build) a new port for very large ships.Wally ____________________ (come) from Wales and he _________________ (go) home to see his family when he can. He
 
 _____________________ (miss) his wifeand children and he ____________________ (want) to give up the job when he is a bitolder. The job he is on at the moment is well-paid and he ___________________ (save)quite a bit of money.
4.For each of these sentences, choose the correct alternative, present simple or presentcontinuous:
a.About 1,000 people visit/are visiting Machu Picchu every day. b.The mountains in Peru are/are being over 4,000 meters high.c.I don’t understand/am not understanding why people like camping.d.We spend/are spending three days camping in the mountains next week.e.The paths become/are becoming worn away by tourists.f.Do people drop/are dropping litter in your street?g.She studies/is studying microbiology at university at the moment.h.I think/am thinking the sea is too dirty to swim in.i.The River Amazon flows/is flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. j.The number of tourists increases/is increasing fast.
5.
Nine of these sentences contain mistakes with the form of the verbs. Find the mistakes andcorrect them. If there are no mistakes write
correct 
.
a.They are making a lot of exciting plans for the future. ___________________________________________________________  _  b.Linda and Bob is staying with us for a few days. ___________________________________________________________  _ c.The world’s climate is getting warmer. ___________________________________________________________  _ 2
 
d.He don’t believe anything I tell him. ___________________________________________________________  _ e.More and more people is using cars these days. ___________________________________________________________  _ f.Your town is clean or dirty? ___________________________________________________________  _ g.I’m traveling around Europe for two weeks. ___________________________________________________________  _ h.We are developing a new system for paying by credit card. ___________________________________________________________  _ i.His phone is no working at the moment. ___________________________________________________________  _  j.My brother studys for three hours every evening.
 
 ___________________________________________________________  _ k.My parents go to the cinema at least once a week.
 
 ___________________________________________________________  _ l.What you are doing while you’re in Lisbon?
 
 ___________________________________________________________  _ 
6.Simple Present or Present Continuous?
 Next week, my friends and I _____________ (go) camping in the woods. I _______________ (organize) the food, because I ______________ (like)cooking. Dave _____________ (have) a big car with a trailer, so he _______________ (plan) the transportation. Sam _______________ (bring)the tent he ______________ (go) camping every year, so he ______________ (have) a great tent and lots of other equipment. My wife ______________(think) we're crazy. She _______________ (like) holidays incomfortable hotels, so she ____________(take) a trip to Paris instead.
7.Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses SimplePresent / Present Continuous:
1. Every Monday, Sally (drive)
 _______________ 
her kids to football practice.2. Usually, I (work)
 ________________ 
as a secretary at ABT, but this summer I (study)
 _________________ 
French at a language school in Paris. That is why I am in Paris.3. Shhhhh! Be quiet! John (sleep)
 _________________ 
.4. Don't forget to take your umbrella. It (rain)
 ____________________ 
.5. I hate living in Seattle because it (rain, always)
 ________________________ 
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