Questions in the Present Tenses

Write the right question according to the marked answer. 

It can be in the Present Simple or the Present Progressive. 

Exercise 1

1) ________________________________________

John is at the park with friends .

2) ________________________________________

Yes, she is working at the office at the moment.

3) ________________________________________ Continue reading

Present Progressive – I’m Singing in the Rain

Don Lockwood:

I’m singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feeling
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singing,
Singing in the rain

Dancing in the rain
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I’m happy again!
I’m singing and dancing in the rain!

I’m dancing and singing in the rain…


The verb BE


Fill in the gaps with am / is / are.

  1. We _________ happy. happy-face_veer_3x4
  2. I _________ strong  strongand energetic. energetic_by_still_smilin
  3. Alice _________ my best friend.images
  4. You _________ funny. You so funny
  5. Yuval__________ a lucky boy. lucky-7b
  6. I _________ clever. superimagem-megacurioso-5012211730058017991
  7. He ___________ 12 years old.
  8. Sue and Carol __________ twins. twins
  9. This cake _________ yummy. yummy
  10. My father _________ tall. _54201919_tall-robert_pershing_wadlow
  11. You ________ very thin. woman-fat-and-thin-e1345831209539
  12. I ________ his brother/ sister.
  13. They __________ my friends.
  14. She ________a dancer. She ________ very flexible. flexibility2
  15. The book ____________ interesting.
  16. They ___________ doctors.
  17. You ___________ very tall.
  18. The table _________ small.
  19. She _________ a young girl.
  20. The stars _________ glowing. glowANSWERS ottawa fnt

More Practice:

Tenses in Symbols

This picture helps remember the uses of English tenses.


(every, this) moment > progressive tenses
already > perfect tenses
generally > simple tenses

Present Simple – Exercise 1

Choose the correct verb in the sentences in Present Simple.

Use one of these verbs:

help, say, think, fall, want, can, use, do, read, ask, change, need, begin, end, hear, cut

I ________ ride a bicycle.

We always ________ all the eggs for the cake.

He often ________ his friends when they need him.

It’s always the same. It never ________.

They ________ their work well.

I ________ to see a doctor. I don’t feel well.

He always ________ interesting questions.

I ________ a new book every month.

My handball practice ________ at 3:15.

I often ________ my finger when I cook.

She always ________ “Hello” when I see her.

I ________ to learn how to dance.

I ________ a strange sound from that house every morning.

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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.

Present Simple & Present Progressive – Exercise 1

present simple


Choose the Present Simple or the Present Progressive – it could be positive, negative or question.

Notice the time expressions.

  1. I _______________ (read) an interesting book about body language.
  2. We _______________ (like) to spend our evenings at home. We usually _______________ (listen) to music, _______________ (watch) movies and _______________ (talk) about our day.
  3. George: Hey Lisa. It’s George calling.  Can I talk to your brother? Lisa: I’m sorry, Adam _______________ (be, not) here at the moment. He _______________(play) basketball with some friends. I’ll let him know you called.
  4. Richard _______________ (have) two brothers and three sisters. He _______________ (get) married this month and _______________(want) to have a big family of his own.
  5. Turn down the volume. Julie _______________ (sleep).
  6. When _______________ (you, usually, go) out for lunch? What _______________ (you, have) for lunch today?
  7. My close friends and I _______________(get together) once a month.
  8. I _______________ (take) guitar lessons every week.
  9. Jeremy _______________ (visit) his sister Ann in New york often. Every summer, he _______________ (take) a long vacation from work and _______________ (spend) three weeks with Ann.
  10. They ________ (play) a game in the playstation every time they meet.
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