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ESCOLA BÁSICA 2-3 ENGENHEIRO NUNO MERGULHÃO

ENGLISH FORMATIVE WORKSHEET


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8 FORM

Simple Present vs Present Continuous


ANSWER KEY

1 – Complete the sentences with the PRESENT CONTINUOUS of the verbs in the box.
a) are having e) is listening
b) are going f) is playing
c) am cooking g) isn’t having
d) are tidying h) Are… washing

2 – Look at these sentences. Choose the correct form of the verb: SIMPLE PRESENT or PRESENT CONTINUOUS.
a) get up b) makes c) sleeps d) has e) are eating f) isn’t going g) is going h) is going

3 – Look at the sentences. Are the underlined parts right or wrong? Correct the wrong ones.

Explanation: Usually is a frequency adverb. It requires the use of the present simple.

a) The students are always knocking at the door before entering the classroom. wrong
CORRECTION: the students always knock on the door…
Explanation: always is a frequency adverb. It requires the use of the present simple.

b) Can you hear that? Is it someone singing? Correct


Explanation: the action happens at the time of speaking. It requires the use of the present continuous.

c) I am washing my car on Sundays, after lunch. Wrong


CORRECTION: I wash my car on Sundays …
Explanation: On Sundays is a daily routine expression. It requires the use of the present simple.

d) She writes an e-mail to her boyfriend every day. Correct


Explanation: every day is a time marker that expresses daily routne. It requires the use of the present simple.

e) Maths is a very difficult subject. I am not understanding it. Wrong


CORRECTION: I don’t understand it.
Explanation: We don’t use present continuous with verbs like: understand, think, believe, like… They require the
use of the present simple.

f) What time is the class starting? Wrong


CORRECTION: What time does the class start?
Explanation: This is a time table. It requires the use of the present simple.

g) How old are you being? Wrong


CORRECTION: How old are you?
Explanation: We NEVER use the verb to be in the present continuous. It requires the use of the present simple.

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October 2009 1/1


Teacher: Elsa Maximiano