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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Present Simple & Present Progressive – Exercise 1

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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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