Present Simple Vs Present Continuous Past Simple Excercise

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Complete the following sentences using an appropriate present continuous or past continuous tense form.

1. I ………………….. (water) the plants in the morning.

2. What ………………….. (you do) at 6 o’clock yesterday evening?

3. They ………………….. (wait) for the bus when the accident happened.

4. She …………………. (get) impatient.

Present simple vs present continuous – use. Download full-size image from Pinterest. Present simple use. Habits or situations that happen regularly We use the present simple to talk about actions that we do (o we don’t do) regularly: I wash my hair every day. This worksheet is made to practice PRESENT SIMPLE, PRESENT CONTINUOUS and PAST SIMPLE. It is necessary to write full form in negative sentences. Language: English. School subject: English as a Second Language (ESL) Grade/level: pre-intermediate. Present simple, present continuous, past simple and past continuous. Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verb in brackets. Write the verbs without contractions: e.g. I'm watching, I am watching, He's handsome, he is handsome. Yesterday my uncle ( repair) the car, while I (do) my homework. Today (be) Monday and we (have) dinner in the.

Present Simple Vs Present Continuous Past Simple Excercise

5. The boys …………………. (play) in the garden.

6. It …………………. (rain) cats and dogs.

7. I …………………… (revise) my lessons now.

8. Somebody ………………….. (knock) at the door.

9. We …………………… (wait) for the guests to turn up.

10. The students …………………. (shout) slogans outside the campus.

11. The birds …………………… (fly) in the sky.

12. John and Sandra ………………….. (expect) their first child.

Answers

Tense

1. I was watering the plants in the morning.

2. What were you doing at 6 o’clock yesterday evening?

3. They were waiting for the bus when the accident happened.

4. She is getting impatient.

5. The boys are playing in the garden.

6. It is raining cats and dogs.

7. I am revising my lessons now.

8. Somebody is knocking at the door.

9. We are waiting for the guests to turn up.

10. The students are shouting slogans outside the campus.

Present Simple Vs Present Continuous Past Simple Exercises Pdf

11. The birds are flying in the sky.

12. John and Sandra are expecting their first child.

Exercise 1

Choose the present simple or present continuous to complete the sentences below.

Present simple vs present continuous – form


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Present Simple Vs Present Continuous Past Simple Excercise

Present simple – short forms


We normally use short forms in spoken English.

  • do not = don’t
  • does not = doesn’t

Present continuous – short forms

We normally use short forms in spoken English.

  • am not = ‘m not
  • is not = isn’t/’s not
  • are not = aren’t/’re not

Present simple vs present continuous – use


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Present simple use

Habits or situations that happen regularly


We use the present simple to talk about actions that we do (o we don’t do) regularly:

  • I wash my hair every day.
  • I never go to the library.
  • I sometimes go to the library.

Permanent situations or things that are usually or often true

  • I don’t drink coffee.
  • Shes very tall.
  • I have two brothers.
  • Water boils at 100 degrees.
  • I like soup.

Adverbs of frequency


We often use the present simple with adverbs of frequency (always, sometimes, etc.) and expressions of frequency (once every three months, twice a week, every other day, etc.).

Adverbs of frequency go in mid position (before the main verb or after be).

  • She doesn’t often eat hamburgers.
  • He usually gets up very early.
  • I am never late.

Expressions of frequency go at the end of the sentence

  • We go to the cinema once a month.
  • I buy clothes twice a year.

Present Simple Present Continuous Past Simple Exercises With Answers

Future events that are timetabled


We use the present simple to talk about future events that are scheduled or timetabled.

  • The train leaves at 4.
  • Shops close at 6.
  • My yoga class is tomorrow at 10.

Present continuous use

Actions in progress


We use the present continuous to talk about things that are happening now or ‘around now’ (a time around this moment, such as these days, weeks or months)

  • I can’t talk know. I’m brushing my teeth.
  • I finished the Lord of the Rings and now Im reading a new book.

Temporary actions


The present continuous is used to talk about temporary actions:

Tense
  • I’m going to work by bus this week because my car is at the garage.
  • I’m living with my cousins until I find a flat.

With expressions meaning ‘now’ or ‘around now’.


The present continuous often appears next to expressions such as now, these days, this week/month, or at the moment.

  • He’s studyinga lot this week.
  • I’m not feeling very well these days.

Situations that are changing or developing

  • The climate is changing very quickly.
  • More and more people are trying to eat more healthily nowadays.
  • Your English is improving.
Present

Future arrangements


We use the present continuous to talk or ask about future actions that are already planned or decided.

Present Simple Vs Present Continuous Exercise Practice

  • Im meeting John this evening. Do you want to come?
  • We are leaving tomorrow at 7.

Stative verbs


Nonactionverbs (or stative verbs) cannot be used in present continuous. They must be used in present simple. The most frequent are the verbs of the senses (hear, see, smell, look, seem, sound), verbs of opinion (believe, consider, like, love, hate, prefer, think, etc.) verbs of possession (have, own, belong, etc.). Other common non-action verbs are: agree, be, depend, need, mean, remember, realise, recognise, seem, want, etc.

  • Please, give me my money; I need it now.
  • Look at her; she seems sad.

Some verbs have an action and a non-action meaning; for example, have or think:

Present Simple Vs Present Continuous Past Simple Exercises Pdf

  • I have a car (=possession) / I’m having a siesta (=action)
  • I think he is great (=opinion) / What are you thinking? (=action)

Present Simple And Continuous Exercises

The verb see also has a dynamic and a stative meaning.

Simple Present Continuous Tense Exercises

  • I‘m seeing the doctor tomorrow at 9. (see= ‘have an appointment’)
  • What do you see in this picture? (see= ‘see with your eyes’)