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Exercise 1

Read the following sentences and choose the correct verb form.

1. I never usually fly/go fly/ flew at night, I prefer to do so in VFR conditions.

2. He hardly ever flies /ha flown/flew an ATR 42.

3. What type of plane do/does/did you normally fly/flying/flew these days?

4. What kind of plane do/does/did she usually fly/flying/flew?

5. She do/does/doesn’t often fly/have flown/flies a Boeing 737, she normally

fly/have flown/flies a Boeing 747.

6. I usually fly/don’t fly/ a Boeing 747, but today I am flying/ I will go fly/I fly a

Boeing 747.

7. You normally flew/fly/had flown a Boeing 737, but probably tomorrow you will

be flying/ are going to fly/will have been flying a Boeing 747.

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Exercise 2

Fill in the blanks with the verb fly. The last sentence takes the verb to be. Sometimes

more than one answer can be correct.

1. What type of plane _____ I _____ tomorrow?

2. What type of plane _____ she _____ next week?

3. He is not________ a Skyhawk 172 next week but a Skylane 182.

4. I _____ not _____ a Skylane 182 at the moment, I _____ _____Skyhawk 172.

5. Yesterday, I _____ solo for the first time.

6. Last week, he _____ a Boeing 747 with one engine and managed to land the plane

safely.

7. He _____ _____ the Airbus380 to London. He flew it to Dubai.

8. What plane _____ you _____ yesterday?

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9. He _____ never_____ a single engine aircraft before. Tomorrow will be his first
time.
10. I ______ never _____ a single engine plane but I would like to.
11. I am _________ to ________to Malta next week. I have booked Aviation English
lessons at a school there.
12. This time next week, ______ _____ ______ in Malta lying on the beach and
drinking cocktails.

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Answers

Exercise 1

8. I never usually fly at night, I prefer to do so in VFR conditions.

9. He hardly ever flies an ATR 42.

10. What type of plane do you normally fly these days?

11. What kind of plane does/did she usually fly? Depending on if it is talking about

now or past habit or routine.

12. She doesn’t often fly a Boeing 737, she normally flies a Boeing 747.

13. I usually fly a Boeing 747, but today I am flying a Boeing 747.

14. You normally fly a Boeing 737, but probably tomorrow you will be flying a

Boeing 747. We use will here not going to because there is more uncertainty

due to the word probably so it is a future prediction. Going to more likely for

clear plans.

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Exercise 2

1. What type of plane will I fly/ am I flying / am I going to fly tomorrow?

2. What type of plane will she fly/ is she flying/ is she going to fly next week?

3. He is not flying/going to fly a Skyhawk 172 next week but a Skylane 182.

4. I am not flying a Skylane 182 at the moment, I am flying a Skyhawk 172.

5. Yesterday, I flew solo for the first time.

6. Last week, he flew a Boeing 747 with one engine and managed to land the plane

safely.

7. He didn’t fly the Airbus380 to London. He flew it to Dubai.

8. What plane did you fly yesterday?

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9. He has never flown a single engine aircraft before. Tomorrow will be his first
time. Present perfect for experiences in the past when we don’t say when.
10. I have never flown a single engine plane but I would like to.
11. I am going to fly to Malta next week. I have booked Aviation English lessons at
a school there.
12. This time next week, I will be in Malta lying on the beach and drinking cocktails.

• Present simple

Use present simple to talk about things that you do - always, usually, normally, regularly,
often, sometimes, occasionally, hardly ever, rarely or never.
I fly.
He flies.
Do you fly?
Does he fly?
I don't fly.
He doesn't fly

• Present continuous

Use present continuous to talk about things that you are doing at this moment in time
(right now) or scheduled events in the future, later today, tomorrow, next week, next
month or even next year.

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I am flying. (I'm flying.)


You are flying. (You're flying.)
He is flying. (He's flying.)
Am I flying?
Are you flying?
Is he flying?
I am not flying. (I'm not flying.)
You are not flying. (You aren't flying.)
He is not flying. (He isn't flying.)

• Past simple

Use past simple to talk about something you did - yesterday, last night, last week, 2 days
ago, 5 years ago.

I flew.
He flew.
Did you fly?
Did he fly?
I did not fly. (I didn't fly.)
He did not fly. (He didn't fly.)

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Present perfect

Use present perfect to talk about things you have done in the past, WITHOUT giving a
specific time period.
e.g. I have flown on a Boeing 747 means that this has happened at some point in my life,
in the past but I don't say when so Past Simple- I flew a Boeing 747 last week but
Present Perfect I have flown a Boeing 747 ( sometime, time not given)

I have flown. (I've flown.)


He has flown. (He's flown.)
Have you flown?
Has he flown?
I have not flown. (I haven't flown.)
He has not flown. (He hasn't flown.)

Present Perfect is also used with for and since but for this exercise we stick to this
explanation so as not to confuse.

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