Present Simple & Present Progressive – Exercise 2

Fill in the correct form of the verb in brackets. Use Present Simple or Present progressive. 

Notice the Time Expressions.

  1. Emma and her friend Linda are very close. They _______________(phone) one another at least once a day.
  2. Hold on a second, Lisa. I want to turn off the water heater. The water _______________ (boil).
  3. The lifespan of a turtle _______________(vary) greatly depending on the species of turtle. The average lifespan of adult box turtles _______________ (be) 50 years. Sea turtles _______________ (have) the longest lifespan of up to 152 years.
  4. I’ll call you back later. Someone _______________(knock) at the door. It’s probably the delivery boy. He _______________ (bring) us our newspaper every Friday right on time.
  5. We _______________ (buy) a new book every month.
  6. – Hello, Mrs. Becker. May I speak with Dan? – Dan _______________ (be) not here at the moment. He _______________ (be) at the computer shop.
  7. It _______________(take) about 365 days for the Earth to go around the Sun once.
  8. The Apple Store in New York _______________(open) at 9:00 every morning, Monday through Saturday. It _______________(close) at 9 pm. It’s 10 am so I _______________ (go) there right now.
  9. Robbie: Hi Jack! Where _______________ (be) you right now? We _______________ (wait) for you. — Jack: I _______________ (take) a taxi to work today. I usually _______________(drive) my car to work, but it has broken down and is still in the garage.
  10. The Amazon River in South America _______________ (be) the largest river (by discharge of water) in the world. It _______________(flow) into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Click here for an explanation when we use the Present Simple.

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