Present Continuous Tense

Note the difference between the simple present tense and the present continuous tense. The present tense describes actions that occur every day or all the time, while the present continuous tense describes actions that are happening now.
Peter talks to Anne all the time. (Present) Peter is talking to Anne at this moment Continuous)

(Present

Supply the simple present tense or the present continuous tense as required by the meaning of the sentence.

1. Mr. Hansen often __________ (travel) to Atlanta on business. 2. Our club __________ (meet) two times every week. 3. Mr. Cole _________ (teach) us at present. He _________ (substitute) for Mr. Russell, who is our regular teacher. 4. Every hour our church bell _________ (ring). Listen! I believe it _________(ring) now.
(Mr. Hansen often travels to Atlanta on business.)

Supply the simple present tense or the present continuous tense as required by the meaning of the sentence.

1. Stella ___________ (watch) TV now. I believe that she always __________ (watch) a show at this time. 2. Listen! Someone __________ (knock) at the door. 3. Jay never __________ (come) to work on time. 4. At this moment I ___________ (read) sentence number 8 in the exercise. 5. The wind always ___________ (blow) hard in this section of town. 6. For the time being, while Mr. Press is away, Ms. Brennan __________ (acts) as manager of our department. 7. Klein’s ___________ (have) a big sale on shoes today. 8. Kurt seems to be very busy. I guess __________ (study) for his science test. he

Supply the simple present tense or the present continuous tense as required by the meaning of the sentence.

9. I ____________ (get) up at seven o’clock every morning. 10.Ed usually ___________ (stay) in a hotel when he __________ (come) to town, but tonight he __________ (stay) with us. 11.The sun always __________ (rise) in the east. Look! It ____________ (rise) now. 12.Mr. and Mrs. Bush ___________ (build) a new home on Hollywood Boulevard.

Present Continuous Tense Negatives and Questions

Form present continuous tense negatives by placing not after the auxiliary to be. The contracted forms are generally used.
She is studying English She is not studying English She isn’t studying English.

Form present continuous tense questions by placing the to be auxiliary before the subject.
They are working. Are they working?

A. Change the following sentences from affirmative to negative.
(The telephone is not ringing. The telephone isn’t ringing.)

1. The telephone is ringing. 2. It is beginning to rain.

3. The sky is getting very dark. 4. She is working on the fourth floor at present. 5. The maid is cleaning the room now. 6. They are taking a walk in the park. 7. You are having lunch outside.

1.

John is doing well in his studies at present.

2. We are laughing at what you said. 3. They are traveling in Europe at present.
4.

I am taking dancing lessons. The cars are beginning to fall from the trees. The cows are roaming.

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6.

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B. Change the sentences from Exercise A to questions.

1. The telephone is ringing. (Is the telephone ringing?) 2. Ellen is writing a series of articles on the economic situation. 3. They are planning to leave for Spain soon. 4. He is looking for the key which he lost. 5. The maid is cleaning the room now. 6. They are taking a walk in the park.
1.

Paty is doing well in his studies at present. They are laughing at what you said. She is traveling in Europe at present. I am studying English lessons.

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5. The leaves are beginning to fall from the trees. 6. All the birds are flying south.

Possessive Adjectives My Your His Her Its Our Your Their I like my teacher She washes her car. We eat our dinner at six o’clock. They are in their classroom.
Complete the following sentences with the possessive adjective which refers to the subject of the sentence.

1. She knows __________ lesson well. 2. I also know __________ lesson well.
3. (She knows her lesson well)

Gail likes __________ vegetable very much.

4. I do ___________ crossword puzzle s on the bus every day.

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Complete the following sentences with the possessive adjective which refers to the subject of the sentence.

1. Both girls prepare _________ vegetables well. 2. Mr. Bach drives to work in __________ car. 3. Mary and I do _________ homework together. 4. Grace writes a letter to ___________ aunt every week. 5. The dog wags __________ tail when it sees ___________ dinner dish.

1. The children take ___________ toys in the park. 2. I write the new words in _________ notebook 3. Each cat has ____________ own dish for food and water. 4. Both boys ride __________ bicycles to work. 5. You and Henry spend a lot __________ crossword puzzles. of time on

There is, there are

We use there is with singular nouns; we use there are with plural nouns. There is a book on the table. There are books on the table. There is one man in the room. There are several men in the room.
Complete the following sentences with There is or there are.

1. ___________ no Australians in this class. 2. ___________ someone at the door. 3. ____________ a lot of students absent today. 4. ____________ a mailbox on the corner. 5. ____________ three lamps in the room. 6. ___________ two large windows in the room. 7. ___________ only the door. 8. ___________ a lot of desks in our office. 1. ___________ nobody in the room now. 2. ____________ a letter in the table for you. 3. ____________ several beautiful parks in this city. 4. ___________ twelve months in a year. 5. ___________ only one cloud in the sky. 6. ____________ no one at home. 7. ___________ dishes but no silverware on the table.
(There are no Australians in this class).

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