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Present Tense Simple vs.

Present Tense Continuous

I. Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tense:
III.

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) ………………………………………………. because


everybody (talk) ………………………………………………………………..so loudly.

7. Justin (write, currently) …………………………………………………..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 ) ……………………………………………… printed by


a company in New York. Their prices (be) …………………………………………………
expensive, yet the quality of their work is quite good.

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10. This delicious chocolate (be) ………………………………. made by a small chocolatier
in Zurich, Switzerland.

II. Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses:
Today (be) …………………………………….. the second day of my trek around Mount
Annapurna. I am exhausted and my legs (shake) ………………………………… ; I just hope
I am able to complete the trek. My feet (kill, really) …………………………………………
me and my toes (bleed) ………………………………………….. , but I (want, still)
………………………………………. to continue.

Nepal is a fascinating country, but I have a great deal to learn. Everything (be)
…………………..... so different, and I (try) ……………………………………….. to adapt
to the new way of life here. I (learn) ………………………………………….…. a little bit of
the language to make communication easier; unfortunately, I (learn, not)
……………………………………………………….. foreign languages quickly. Although I
(understand, not) ……………………………………………… much yet, I believe that I
(improve, gradually) ………………………………………………………. .

I (travel, currently) ………………………………………………… with Liam, a student from


Leeds University in England. He (be) ………………………………………… a nice guy,
but impatient. He (walk, always) …………………………………………… ahead of me and
(complain) ………………………………………….. that I am too slow. I (do)
……………………………………….. my best to keep up with him, but he is younger and
stronger than I am. Maybe, I am just feeling sorry for myself because I am getting old.

Right now, Liam (sit) …………………………………………. with the owner of the inn.
They (discuss) …………………………………………… the differences between life in
England and life in Nepal. I (know, not) ……………………………………………………….
the real name of the owner, but everybody (call, just) …………………………………………
him Tam. Tam (speak) …………………………………………………….. English very well
and he (try) ………………………………… to teach Liam some words in Nepali. Every time
Tam (say) ………………………………………………. a new word, Liam (try)
………………………………………………. to repeat it. Unfortunately, Liam (seem, also)
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…………………………………………………….. to have difficulty learning foreign
languages. I just hope we don't get lost and have to ask for directions.

III. Translate into English:


1. Daca ma duc in Oras iau autobuzul.

2. De ce nu vrei sa mergi cu mine la teatru?

3. Eu ma duc la teatru o data pe saptamana.

4. Tu niciodata nu mergi la plimbare in parc.

5. Marc se spala pe dinti in fiecare dimineata!

6. Mama gateste acum! Este ocupata!

7. Tatal tau are o masina scumpa.

8. Acum nu vreau sa fac nimic!

9. Imi place sa citesc o poveste in fiecare seara.

10. In fiecare zi ma plimb cu bicicleta.

11. Ananasul si portocale sunt fructele mele preferate.

12. Nu imi place sa mananc ceapa dimineata.

13. Masina ei este mai frumoasa decat a lui.

14. Acum citesc o carte interesanta si prietenii mei asculta muzica.

15. Nu imi place sa invat engleza.

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IV. Choose the correct form (Present Tense Simple):
1. Jerry (come/comes) to school on time.
2. Jerry and Linda (come/comes) to school on time.
3. Ms Jones (teach/teaches) geography.
4. The cat (sleep/sleeps) on the sofa every day.
5. Milk (cost/costs) two dollars a quart.

V. Underline the verbs In Present Tense Simple:


Mr Lee is a bus driver. Every day he gets up at 7:00 a.m. and prepares for his day. He
showers, eats his breakfast, and puts on his uniform. His wife drives him to the station where
he checks in with his supervisor. Then, he gets on the bus 405 and starts the engine. He pulls
out of the parking lot and begins his route. At his first stop, he picks up Mrs Miller, who lives
in a red house on the corner of Main Street and Seventh Avenue. She works at the post office
and has to be to work by 9:00. At the next stop, the Bartlett twins get on the bus. They attend
class at Bayside Elementary. More children get on at the next three stops, and they ride until
the bus reaches their school. Mr Lee enjoys seeing the kids every day and is happy to see
them again in the afternoon when he drives them safely back home.

VI. Tell whether the present tense simple is appropriate in the following sentences.
1. Yesterday I go to Washington D.C. Correct Incorrect
2. Every day, Mr Johnson cleans his living room. Correct Incorrect
3. They usually take the bus to the office. Correct Incorrect
4. Right now Susan eats her breakfast. Correct Incorrect
5. Melinda and Harry work in the bank. Correct Incorrect

VII. Choose the correct answer:


1. She ___ four languages.
a. speak
b. speaks

2. Jane is a teacher. She ___ French.


a. teach
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b. teaches

3. When the kettle ___, will you make some tea?


a. boil
b. boils

4. I always ___ the window at night because it is cold.


a. close
b. closes

5. Those shoes ___ too much.


a. cost
b. costs

6. The food in Japan is expensive. It ___ a lot to live there.


a. cost
b. costs

7. His job is great because he ___ a lot of people.


a. meet
b. meets

8. He always ___ his car on Sundays.


a. wash
b. washes

9. My watch is broken and it ___ to be fixed again.


a. need
b. needs

10. I ___ to watch movies.


a. love
b. loves

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11. I ___ to the cinema at least once a week.
a. go
b. goes

12. They never ___ tea in the morning.


a. drink
b. drinks

13. We both ___ to the radio in the morning.


a. listen
b. listens

14. He ___ a big wedding.


a. want
b. wants

15. George ___ too much so he's getting fat.


a. eat
b. eats

16. The earth ___ round the sun, doesn't it?


a. go
b. goes

17. The shops in England ___ at 9:00 in the morning.


a. open
b. opens

18. The post office ___ at 5:30 pm.


a. close
b. closes

19. Jackie ___ two children now.


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a. has
b. have

20. Mr. Smith ___ too much. He always has a cigarette in his mouth.
a. smoke
b. smokes

21. When the phone ___, please answer it.


a. ring
b. rings

VIII. Put the verbs in the brackets at Present Tense Simple interrogative or negative:
Nota: Verbul „to have", atunci când nu inseamna „a avea, a poseda", ci este parte dintr-o
expresie (to have breakfast, to have a shower, to have a party), formeaza negativul si
interogativul cu ajutorul auxiliarului „to do".
1. I love my brother.
Int:
Neg:
2. She talks too much.
Int:
Neg:
3. I understand you.
Int:
Neg:
4. You play the piano very well.
Int:
Neg:
5. I always believe you.
Int:
Neg:
6. He remembers my phone number.
Int:
Neg:
7. They live in Bucharest.
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Int:
Neg:
8. He has a hot bath every day.
Int:
Neg:
9. I trust my friend.
Int:
Neg:
10. I have lunch at one o’clock.
Int:
Neg:

IX. Put the verbs in the following sentences at Present Tense Continuous negative and
interrogative:
1. It is raining.
Int:
Neg:
2. I am having a walk.
Int:
Neg:
3. He is telling the truth.
Int:
Neg:
4. You are typing a letter.
Int:
Neg:
5. They are swimming in the river.
Int:
Neg:
6. My friend is wearing a new dress.
Int:
Neg:
7. My mother is resting.
Int:
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Neg:
8. We are studying English.
Int:
Neg:
9. Ann is knitting.
Int:
Neg:
10. The child is learning to play the piano.
Int:
Neg:

X. Put the following verbs at Present Tense Simple or Present Tense Continuous. Choose the
correct one!
1. I (not go) ………………………………………….……….. shopping because it (rain)
………………………..
2. What you (do) …………………………………….. on Sundays?
3. He usually (drink) ………………………………………………….. coffee but now he
(drink) ……………………………………….. tea.
4. In England it often (rain)…………………………………………… .
5. I (not like) ………………………………….. that boy.
6. He usually (speak) ……………………………………………. so quickly that I (not
understand) ……………………………………………………… him.
7. (You like) ………………………………………………….. this book?
8. (You dream) ………………………………………………………… at night?
Yes, I (dream) ……………………………………………. every night.
9. I can’t answer the phone now because I (cook)……………………………………………...
10. How (you usually go) ……………………………………………………………… to
work?
11. I usually (go) ………………………………… by bus, but now I (take) …………………
…………………………… a taxi because I am late.
12. The manager can’t receive you now as he (have) ………………………………………..
an interview.
13. (You write) ……………………………………………………………….to John now?

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Yes, I (be)………………………………… . I always (write) ………………………………..
to him on his birthday.
14. Where you (hurry)?
To the theatre, as I (not want) ……………………………………………… to miss the first
act.
15. She always (borrow) …………………………………………………….. books from me
and never (remember) …………………………………………………. to give them back.
16. (You go) …………………………………………………. to work every day?
Yes, of course, except Saturdays and Sundays.
17. Why (you smoke) …………………………………………. so much?
18. Who (you wait) ………………………………………… for?
I (wait) ……………………………………………………… for John, but he is late, as usual.
19. I always (have) ……………………………………………………….. a rest after lunch.
20. What (you think) ………………………………………………….. of?
I (think) ……………………………………………….. of my mother just now.
21. (You know) ………………………………………………… what time is it?

XI. Translate into English:


1. Iarna ninge.

2. Duminica el nu se scoala devreme.

3. Eu nu studiez seara.

4. Ce faci? Citesti sau privesti la televizor?

5. Secretara bate la masina un referat.

6. Ea merge la cumparaturi sâmbata.

7. Acum imi fac temele la engleza.

8. Nu-mi place cafeaua.


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9. Ce carte citesti?

10. La ce ora se scoala John dimineata?

11. Ce faci tu in zilele libere?

12. Cui ii telefonezi?

13. El nu merge la scoala cu metroul, merge pe jos.

14. De ce deschizi fereastra?

15. Adesea citesc carti englezesti.

16. Ea isi face bagajul.

17. Cât de des le scrii parintilor tai?

18. Când merg la mare imi place sa inot mult.

XII. Choose the correct answer:


1. My life is so boring -- I just ________ TV every night.
A. watch
B. watchies
C. watches

2. My mother ________ eggs for breakfast every morning.


A. fry
B. frys
C. fries
3. Jo is so smart that she ________ every exam without even trying.
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A. pass
B. passies
C. passes
4. I ________ in a bank.
A. work
B. works
C. workes
5. My best friend ________ to me every week.
A. write
B. writies
C. writes
6. She ________ in Florida.
A. live
B. lives
C. livees
7. John ________ very hard in class, but I don't think he'll pass the course.
A. try
B. trys
C. tries
8. We ________ to Spain every summer.
A. fly
B. flys
C. flies
9. It ________ almost every day in Manchester.
A. rain
B. rains
C. raines

10. The bank ________ at four o'clock.


A. close
B. closies
C. closes

XIII. Put the verbs at Present Tense Simple:


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1. I _________________________ (to swim)
2. You __________________________ (to swim)
3. We _______________________ (to walk)
4. He ________________________ (to walk)
5. They _______________________ (to sing)
6. She _________________________ (to read)
7. It _____________here (to be)
8. My father _____________________ here. (to come)
9. The birds __________________ fast. (to fly)
10. The eagle _____________________ very high. (to fly)
11. You ______________________ at the theatre. (to be)
12. He ________________________ two books. (to have)
13. She _________________________ good things. (to do)
14. I ________________ a student. (to be)
15. You ___________________ a blue shirt. (to have)
16. I _______________________ to live peacefully. (to choose )

XIV. Put the following verbs at Present Tense Continuous:


1. I ___________________________________ (to write)
2. You __________________________________ (to swim)
3. We ____________________________________ (to walk)
4. He __________________________________ (to walk)
5. They ___________________________________ (to read)
6. She _________________________________ (to sing)
7. I _________________________________ here (to play)
8. My father ______________________________________ here. (to come)
9. The birds _______________________________________ fast. (to fly)
10. The eagle _______________________ very high. (to fly)
11. You _________________________________ to the theatre. (to go)
12. She ______________________________ good to you. (to be)
13. I ___________________________ a student. (to see)
14. You _____________________________ a blue shirt. (to wear)
15. I _______________________________ to live peacefully. (to choose )

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