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Verb Tense Exercise 1

Simple Present / Present Continuous


Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses, then click the
"Check" button to check your answers.
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)

6. I'm sorry I can't hear what you (say)

7. Justin (write, currently)

because everybody (talk)

so loudly.

a book about his adventures in Tibet. I hope he can find a

good publisher when he is finished.


8. Jim: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight?
Denise: Oh, I'm sorry, I can't. I (go)
to a movie tonight with some friends.

9. The business cards (be, normally )

(be)

printed by a company in New York. Their prices

inexpensive, yet the quality of their work is quite good.

10. This delicious chocolate (be)

made by a small chocolatier in Zurich, Switzerland.

Simple Present

Present Progressive

in general (regularly, often, never)

right now

Colin plays football every Tuesday.

Look! Colin is playing football now.

present actions happening one after another

also for several actions happening at the same time

First Colin plays football, then he watches TV.

Colin is playing football and Anne is watching.

Signal words

always

at the moment

every ...

at this moment

often

today

normally

now

usually

right now

sometimes

Listen!

seldom

Look!

never

first

then
Note: The following verbs are usually only used in Simple Present:
be, have, hear, know, like, love, see, smell, think, want

Timetable / Schedule or arrangement?


Do you want to express that something is arranged for the near future? Or do you refer to a
time set by a timetable or schedule?
Simple Present

action set by a timetable or schedule

Present Progressive
arrangement for the near future
I am going to the cinema tonight.

The film starts at 8 pm.

Daily routine or just for a limited period of time?


Do you want to talk about a daily routine? Or do you want to emphasis that something is only
going on for a limited (rather short) period of time?
Simple Present

daily routine
Bob works in a restaurant.

Present Progressive
only for a limited period of time (does not have to happen directly at
the moment of speaking)
Jenny is working in a restaurant this week.

Certain Verbs
The following verbs are usually only used in Simple Present (not in the progressive form).

state: be, cost, fit, mean, suit


Example: We are on holiday.

possession: belong, have


Example: Sam has a cat.

senses: feel, hear, see, smell, taste, touch


Example: He feels the cold.

feelings: hate, hope, like, love, prefer, regret, want, wish


Example: Jane loves pizza.

brain work: believe, know, think, understand


Example: I believe you.

Introductory clauses for direct speech: answer, ask, reply, say


Example: I am watching TV, he says.

Exercise 1
Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple present or present progressive).
1.

Look! He (leave)

the house.
is leaving

2.

Quiet please! I (write)

a test.

3.

She usually (walk)

4.

But look! Today she (go)

5.

Every Sunday we (go)

6.

He often (go)

7.

We (play)

8.

The child seldom (cry)

9.

I (not / do)

10.

(watch / he)

to school.
by bike.
to see my grandparents.
to the cinema.
Monopoly at the moment.
.
anything at the moment.
the news regularly?

Exercise 2

Marc

Look at the picture on the right and complete the sentences (Simple Present or Present
Progressive).
1.

This (be)

2.

He (wear)

3.

He (eat)

4.

Marc (like)

5.

He (eat)

6.

Marc (know)

Marc.
a t-shirt and shorts today.
an apple at the moment.
fruits and vegetables.
some every day.
that apples (be)

good for his health.

Exercise 4

Look at the picture on the right and complete the sentences (Simple Present or Present
Progressive).
1.

Joe and Dennis (be)

2.

They often (meet)

3.

What (do / they)

4.

They (play)

football.

5.

They (love)

football.

6.

Joe (practise)
play)

best friends.
in the afternoon.
at the moment?

with his father every weekend, but Dennis (not /

football very often.

Look at the picture on the right and complete the sentences (Simple Present or Present
Progressive).

1.

These (be)

Linda and Jeff.

2.

Linda (be)

Jeff's little sister.

3.

At the moment, the two kids (sit)

4.

Jeff (hold)

5.

Look! Linda (listen)

pictures.
6.
Linda (love)

on the floor.

a book right now, he (read)


carefully and she (look)

Jeff's stories.

7.

He (read)

a story to her every day.

8.

Jeff sometimes even (write)

his own stories.

a story to Linda.
at the beautiful

Exercise 6
Complete the story. Use Simple Present and Present Progressive.
1.

It (be)

2.

Sally (get)

early in the morning.


out of bed, (open)

into the bathroom.


3.
Then she (have)

breakfast.

4.

After breakfast, Sally usually (cycle)

5.

After school, she (go)

6.

Sally usually (eat)

7.

In the afternoons, she first (do)


she (meet)

the window and (go)

to school.

back home.
her lunch at home.
her homework and then

her friends in the park.

8.

What (do / she)

9.

She (play)

10.

Her friends (listen)

and some of them (sing)

11.

When Sally (come)

home in the evening, she (have)

then she(watch)
12.

She (go)

now?
the guitar.

TV.
to bed at about 8 o'clock every day.

along.
dinner and

Exercise 7
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present and Present Progressive.
1.

I (be)

very busy today.

2.

At noon I (visit)

3.

We (want)

4.

In the afternoon I (play)

squash with Emily.

5.

In the evening, I (meet)

Rob.

6.

We (go)

7.

The film (start)

my friend Tanya.
to have lunch together.

to the cinema.
at 8 pm.

Exercise 8
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present and Present Progressive.
1.

Look! Jenny (go)

2.

She (wear)

3.

Jenny usually (cycle)


because it(rain)

to school.
a raincoat and wellies and she (carry)

an umbrella.

to school, but today she (take)

the bus

4.

The bus (leave)

at 7.35 and (arrive)

5.

The first lesson (begin)

at Jenny's school at 7.45.

at 8 o'clock.

Exercise 9
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present and Present Progressive.
1.

James (live)

2.

He (be)

3.

After school, James (want)

4.

So this week, he (do)

5.

There (be)

bus to get there.


6.
The bus (leave)

7.

evening.
James (not / like)
for the bus.

in a little village.
in his last year at school.
to become a banker.
a practical course in a bank.
a bank in a nearby town, but James (have)

at 5.30 in the morning and (return)

to take the

at 8.15 in the

to spend so much time in town before and after work, waiting

8.

Therefore, this week he (stay)

9.

James usually (wear)


the bank now, he (wear)

with his aunt, who (live)


jeans and t-shirts, but while he (work)
a suit and a tie.

in town.
for

Exercise 10
Complete the story. Use Simple Present and Present Progressive.
1.

Today (be)

Betty's birthday.

2.

Betty (love)

3.

She (be)

4.

At six o'clock in the morning, Betty (hear)

5.

She (get up)

and (go)

6.

What (go on)

7.

Look! Betty's cat Carlos (sit)

birthdays.
always very excited and (wake up)

very early.

a noise.
into the sitting room.

on the table and he (play)

Betty's present.

Exercise 11
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present and Present Progressive.
1.

Sue (be)

2.

She (live)

3.

At the moment, however, Sue (live)

4.

She (do)

5.

In five days, Sue (go)


university (start)

a student from South Korea.


in Seoul and (study)

medicine.
in London.

a six-months practical course in a London hospital.


back to South Korea because the next term at
in ten days.

with

Form
Write the verbs in Present Progressive.
1.

speak - I

2.

jump - you

3.

bake - she

4.

play - they

5.

run - we

Write the verbs in Simple Present, 3rd person singular.


1.

be - it

2.

have - he

3.

eat - she

4.

can - he

5.

wash - she

Use
When to use which tense?
1.

For actions happening regularly, often or never, we use

2.

For actions happening now, we use

3.

The verbs 'be', 'have', 'like' and 'want' are normally only used in

4.

The signal word 'usually' indicates that we have to use

.
.
.

5.

The signal word 'now' indicates that we have to use

Positive sentences
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

Look! They (leave)

2.

Brian (cycle)

3.

Samantha (do)

4.

My parents (shop)

5.

He usually (get up)

the house.
30 km every day.
her homework at the moment.
right now.
early in the morning.

Negative sentences
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

You (see / not)

2.

The baby (sleep / not)

3.

I (read / not)

4.

We (go / not)

5.

He (watch / not)

her every day.


at the moment.
a book now.
to school on Sundays.
the news every day.

question
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

(you / go)

2.

(they / play)

on holiday by plane sometimes?


computer games every day?

3.

(she / eat)

4.

What (they / do)

5.

(she / visit)

dinner at the moment?


right now?
her grandma very often?

Text
(Simple Present or Present Progressive?
1.

Look! Jenny (go)

2.

On her back, Jenny (carry)

3.

The school bag (be)

4.

Normally, Jenny (wear)

wellies.
5.
And look, she (wear)
6.

Jenny (not / want)

to school.
her school bag.
very heavy
black shoes, but today she (wear)

a raincoat because it (rain)


to get wet.

red

outside.

Form
Present Progressive
Write the ing-form of the following verbs.
1.

walk -

2.

make -

3.

wash -

4.

lie -

5.

stop -

Simple Present
Write the appropriate form.
1.

write - she

2.

kiss - he

3.

must - she

4.

laugh - she

5.

go - he

Use
When to use which tense?
1.

For present actions happening one after another, we use

2.

For actions happening while speaking, we use

.
.

3.

For arrangements for the near future, we use

4.

For actions set by a schedule or timetable, we use

5.

.
.

Which tense do you have to use with the following signal words: sometimes, never, every
day?

6.

Which tense do you have to use with the following signal words: Listen!, at the moment, right
now?

Positive sentences
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

The lesson (start)

at 9 o'clock.

2.

He often (wear)

3.

I (meet)

4.

My friend (move)

house tomorrow.

5.

My birthday (be)

in September.

a black cap.
my friends in the youth club tonight.

Negative sentences
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

She (not / ride)

her bike right now.

2.

We (not / stay)

at home tonight.

3.

I (not / like)

4.

They (not / know)

bananas.
the answer.

5.

I (not / sit)

in the garden at the moment.

questionn
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

When (arrive / the plane)

2.

(visit / you)

3.

What time (get up / you)

4.

Why (cry / she)

5.

(swim / they)

?
Jane in hospital today?
in the mornings?
now?
in the pool at the moment?

Text
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

I (live)

2.

This weekend, I (visit)

3.

The train to Brighton (leave)

4.

In the early afternoon, we (want)

5.

In the evening, we (go)

6.

The concert (start)

7.

I (come)

8.

My train (arrive)

Form
Present Progressive

in London.
my friends in Brighton.
London at 6.45 in the morning.
to go on a sightseeing tour.
to a concert.
at 8 o'clock.
back to London on Sunday.
in London at 7.50 in the evening.

Write the ing-form of the following verbs.


1.

fly -

2.

book -

3.

hit -

4.

take -

5.

lie -

Simple Present
Write the 3rd person singular of the following verbs (in Simple Present).
1.

do - he

2.

worry - she

3.

play - she

4.

watch - he

5.

might - she

Use
When to use which tense?
1.

Which tense do you have to use with the following signal words: Look!,
now?

2.

Which tense do you have to use with the following signal words: often, seldom, never?

3.

For actions happening at the moment of speaking, we use

4.

For actions set by a timetable or schedule, we use

.
.

5.

In a story, for present actions happening one after another, we use


.

6.

For arrangements for the near future, we use

Positive sentences
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

We (help)

2.

Martin usually (drive)

3.

But today, he (take)

4.

Listen! She (practise)

5.

My friend (play)

in the canteen this week.


to work.
the bus.
the piano.
the guitar every evening.

Negative sentences
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

He (not / spend)

2.

I (not / meet)

3.

They (not / fly)

4.

We (not / work)

5.

The film (not / begin)

his holidays in Spain each year.


Francis tonight.
to London tomorrow.
this week.
at 7 o'clock.

questionn
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

(leave / you)

the party now?

2.

(have / you)

any brothers or sisters?

3.

(love / she)

him?

4.

Who (cook)

dinner tonight?

5.

(send / he)

you an e-mail every day?

Text
Complete the sentences. Use Simple Present or Present Progressive.
1.

Maria (want)

2.

Therefore, she (do)

3.

She (stay)

her language school.


4.
It (be)

to improve her English.


a language course in London at the moment.
with a host family and (must)

take the tube to get to

only a five-minute walk to the nearest tube station.

5.

The tube (leave)

at half past eight.

6.

The first lesson (begin)

7.

In the afternoons, the school (offer)

8.

Tomorrow, the students of the language school (go)

at 9 o'clock.
sightseeing tours in and around London.
to Windsor.