Simple presente Reading | Verb | Syntax

Dear mom and dad, Well I want to tell you about my first week of classes at the University.

Wow am I ever busy! I get up at 6:00 every morning. That is really early for me. I don't like to get up early you know. I usually eat breakfast in the school cafeteria. The food here is pretty good. I have German class every morning at 7:30. After German class I have Business and Economics on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00. I have a lot of homework in that class but I really like it. It's interesting. I also have English Composition on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have United States History. The campus here is really big. The first day I was lost. I did not know where to find anything. Now I know where all the buildings are and I know where my classrooms are. That's the most important. My dormitory is close so I walk to all my classes. It's only about ten minutes. My roommate's name is Eric. He is from Los Angeles. We get along well. He is quiet and doesn't make a lot of noise. Sometimes Eric and I have dinner together. We don't see each other much though because our schedules are really different. During the evening I study. Sometimes I study in the library and sometimes in the dormitory. I have to write three reports this semester so I have to read some books in the library. I usually go to bed around eleven. Mom I sure miss your cooking. Do you think you could send me some of your homemade chocolate chip cookies? Well I have to go. Take care. Love, Jerry 1.Jerry does not like to A study. B go to the university. C get up early. D eat in the cafeteria. 2. Jerry does not study A German B Chemistry C Business D History 3. Jerry's first class of the day is A German B History C Business and Economics D English Composition 4. What class does Jerry have on Tuesday and Thursday? A English Composition B German C Business and Economics D U.S. History 5. How long has Jerry been in the University? A one semester. B one week. C one month. D one year. 6. What problem did Jerry have the first day of school? A He did not like the food. B He was lonely. C He had to write a lof of reports. D He did not know the campus well. 7. How long does it take Jerry to walk to class? A Four classes. B The first day. C Ten minutes. D Very easy. 8. What do Jerry and Eric sometimes do together? A Study B Have dinner C Go to the library D Write reports for their classes

Complete 1. He goes to school. Look, he
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to school! a coffee! !
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2. He drinks a coffee. Look, he 3. I swim every day. Look, I

4. She washes her hair. Look, she

her hair! its milk! in the living room! to church! a letter.
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5. The cat always drinks its milk. Look, it 6. We dance in the living room. Look, we 7. They run to church. Look, they 8. You write a letter. Now, you
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9. Mother cooks in the kitchen. Right now, mother 10. The monkey eats bananas. Look, the monkey 11. In the afternoon we watch TV. We 12. They have breakfast. Look, They
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in the kitchen. a banana!

TV at the moment. their breakfast!

13. Father drives a big car. At the moment father

a little red car

14. The penguin swims very good. Look, the two little penguins 15. The children eat their breakfast. The children
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their breakfast now. his homework.

16. Peter writes his homework. Peter can't come, he 17. We can't play tennis. It (rain) now

18. Michael can't play football. He

(play) the guitar at the moment. (have) a bath.

19. No, I am not listening to my cassettes, I 20. What are you doing? I

(learn) English. (shine). (watch) TV.

21. Today it is not raining, the sun 22. What are you doing? I

Listening: Circle all the present verbs and the gerund in every sentence. In session 21 we are looking at two of the tenses of the English language: Present simple and present continuous. Do you remember when we use present simple? Yes, we use present simple when we talk about things we do on a regular basis such as daily routines. Here are some examples: Our new colleague comes to work by car. We often work late. We don't usually work on Saturday. We also use the present simple when we want to express a skill. Listen to the following examples: Our line manager speaks three languages. She also plays the piano very well and even creates her own songs. There are more cases in which we use present simple. Listen to the following examples and find out why we present simple is used here: Our company provides a lot of different services. It often rains in Leipzig in winter. Water boils at 100 degrees. The Earth goes round the Sun. Now, let's have a look at the present continuous. As you know the present continuous is a tense which doesn't exist in the German language. Listen to the examples first: I'm talking to you now. It's raining again. The music is playing in the background. I can't work when someone is watching me. Our students are waiting for their new English class. I'm going to Leipzig tomorrow. We use the present continuous tense when we talk about something that is happening right now or when we want to express a future plan. How do we make the present continuous tense? Yes, it's the subject plus a form of the BE-verb plus the verb with ending -ING-. This form of the verb is also called a "gerund." It sounds complicated but it's not. You can practise the present continuous and the other tenses when you're in our English class.

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