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The Present Simple Tense

Exercise 1. Write the following in the third person singular.

Example: They wish to speak to you. (He) – He wishes to speak to you.

  1. Buses pass my house every hour.(It)

  2. They help their father. (He)

  3. We change planes at Heathrow.(Ann)

  4. You watch too much TV. (He)

  5. They worry too much. (He)

  6. I cash a cheque every month. (He)

  7. I always carry an umbrella. (She)

  8. They wash the floor every week. (She)

  1. His sons go to the local school. (My son)

  2. These hens lay brown eggs. (This hen)

  3. Rubber balls bounce. (This ball)

  4. These figures astonish me. (This answer)

  5. Do you like boiled eggs? (he)

  6. These seats cost £10. (It)

  7. They fish in the lake. (He)

  8. Elephants never forget. (He)

  9. They usually catch the 8.10 bus. (My Mum)

  10. They sometimes miss the bus. ( David)

  11. I mix the ingredients together. ( My daughter-in-law)

  12. The rivers freeze in winter.( This lake)

  13. They fly from London to Edinburgh. (He)

  14. The carpets match the curtains. (It)

  15. They realize the danger. (She)

  16. I use a computer. (My father)

  17. What do they do on their days off? ~ They do nothing. They lie in

bed all day.( She)

  1. The boys hurry home after school.( Edward)

  2. They push the door open. ( She)

  3. They kiss their mother. (He)

  4. They box in the gymnasium. (He)

  5. They dress well. ( Their son)

  6. Your children rely on you. (He)

  1. They snatch ladies' handbags.

  2. You fry everything.(She)

  3. The taxes rise every year.(It)

  4. They do exercises every morning.(He)

Exercise 2. Write the following in the negative and interrogative form.

Example: Ann cooks well. – Ann doesn’t cook well. Does Ann kook well?

  1. You know the answer.

  2. He has breakfast at 8.00.

  3. He loves her.

  4. Some schoolgirls wear uniforms.

  5. He trusts you.

  6. He tries hard.

  7. The park closes at dusk.

  8. He misses his mother.

  9. The children like sweets.

  1. He finishes work at 6.00.

  2. He lives beside the sea.

  3. He bullies his sisters.

  4. This stove heats the water.

  5. She has a cooked breakfast.

  6. She carries a sleeping bag.

  7. He usually believes you.

  8. She dances in competitions.

  9. You remember the address.

  10. She plays chess very well.

  11. He worries about her.

  12. These thieves work at night.

  13. He leaves home at 8.00 every day.

  14. Ann arranges everything.

  15. She agrees with you.

  16. Their dogs bark all night.

  17. Their neighbours often complain.

  18. Tom enjoys driving at night.

  19. He engages new staff every Spring.

  20. Tom looks very well.

  21. They sell fresh grape juice here.

  22. He charges more than other photographers.

  23. She cuts her husband's hair.

  24. They pick the apples in October.

  25. The last train leaves at midnight.

  26. He relaxes at weekends.

  27. She refuses to discuss it.

The Present Continuous Tense

Exercise 3. Put the verbs in brackets into the present continuous tense.

In No. 25, have is used as an ordinary verb and can be used in the continuous tense.

Example: A child (not sleep), she (watch) TV. – A child isn’t sleeping,

he is watching TV.

  1. She (not work), she (swim) in the river.

  2. He (teach) his boy to ride.

  3. Why Ann (not wear) her new dress?

  4. The aeroplane (fly) at 2,000 metres.

  5. What Tom (do) now? He (clean) his shoes.

  6. This fire (go) out. Somebody (bring) more coal?

  7. - It (rain)?

  • Yes, it (rain) very hard. You can't go out yet.

  1. Why you (mend) that old shirt?

  2. - You (not tell) the truth. ~

  • How do you know that I (not tell) the truth?

  1. Who (move) the furniture about upstairs?-It's Tom. He (paint) the front


  1. Mrs Jones (sweep) the steps outside her house.

  2. -What you (read) now?

- I (read) the historical novel.

  1. It is a lovely day. The sun (shine) and the birds (sing).

  2. -Someone (knock) at the door. Shall I answer it?

-I (come) in a minute. I just (wash) my hands.

  1. She always (ring) up and (ask) questions.

  2. -Why you (make) a cake? Someone (come) to tea?

  3. -Where is Tom? —

  • He (lie) under the car.

  1. Can I borrow your pen or you (use) it at the moment?

  2. - You (do) anything this evening?

  • No, I'm not.

  • Well, I (go) to the cinema. Would you like to come with me?

  1. We (have) breakfast at 8.00 tomorrow as Tom (catch) an early train.

  2. Ann usually does the shopping, but I (do) it today as she isn't well.

  3. Why you (type) so fast? You (make) a lot of mistakes.

  4. Mother (rest) now. She always rests after lunch.

  5. -They (dig) an enormous hole just outside my gate.

  • What they (do) that for?

  • I don't know. Perhaps they (look) for oil.

25 - What (make) that terrible noise?

- It's the pneumatic drill. They (repair) the road.

  1. -The children are very quiet. Go and see what they (do).

-They (cut) up some £5 notes.

  1. -What you (wait) for? ~

  • I (wait) for my change; the boy just (get) it.

  1. I can't hear what you (say); the traffic (make) too much noise.

  2. She always (lose) her glasses and (ask) me to look for them.

  3. Mother: What you (look) at? Something (happen) in the street?

  4. Child: Yes. The house opposite is on fire! Come and look.

Mother: I can't. I (bath) the babies. Is the Fire Brigade here?

  1. Child: Yes. Fire engines (rush) up and the firemen (jump) out and (unroll) their hoses.

  2. Smoke (pour) from the windows! People (stop) to watch. A policeman (try) to move them on.

  3. An old man (climb) out of a first floor window!

A fireman (help) him! Two boys (slide) down a rope!

  1. A woman (wave) from the attic and a fireman (go) up a ladder to help her!

  2. Now he (come) down again! He (carry) a baby! The crowd (cheer!)

The Present Simple and the Present Continuous

Exercise 4. Put the verbs in brackets into the simple present or the present

continuous tense

  1. Cuckoos (not build) nests. They (use) the nests of other birds.

  2. You can't see Tom now: he (have) a bath.

  3. He usually (drink) coffee but today he (drink) tea.

  4. - What she (do) in the evenings? ~

  • She usually (play) cards or (watch) TV.

  1. I won't go out now as it (rain) and I (not have) an umbrella.

  2. The last train (leave) the station at 11.30.

  3. He usually (speak) so quickly that I (not understand) him.

  4. Ann (make) a dress for herself at the moment. She (make) all her own clothes.

  5. Hardly anyone (wear) a hat nowadays.

10 -I'm afraid I've broken one of your coffee cups. ~

-Don't worry. I (not like) that set anyway.

11 I (wear) my sunglasses today because the sun is very strong.

  1. Tom can't have the newspaper now because his aunt (read) it.

  2. I'm busy at the moment. I (redecorate) the sitting room.

  3. The kettle (boil) now. Shall I make the tea?

  4. -You (enjoy) yourself or would you like to leave now? ~

  • I (enjoy) myself very much. I (want) to stay to the end.

  1. - How you (get) to work as a rule?-

  • I usually (go) by bus but tomorrow I (go) in Tom's car.

  1. -Why you (put) on your coat? -

  • I (go) for a walk. You (come) with me?~

- Yes, I'd love to come. You (mind) if I bring my dog?

18 - How much you (owe) him? ~
- I (owe) him £5. ~

-You (intend) to pay him?

19 - You (belong) to your local library? ~

- Yes, I do. ~
- You (read) a lot? ~

- Yes, quite a lot. ~

- How often you (change) your books? ~

- I (change) one every day. ~

  1. Mary usually (learn) languages very quickly but she (not seem) able to learn modern


  1. I always (buy) lottery tickets but I never (win) anything.

  2. You (like) this necklace? I (give) it to my daughter for her birthday tomorrow.

  3. - I won't tell you my secret unless you (promise) not to tell anyone. ~

  • I (promise). ~

  1. You always (write) with your left hand?

  2. - You (love) him? ~

- Yes, I (like) him very much and I (love) him. ~

26 - You (dream) at night? ~

- Yes, I always (dream) and if I (eat) too much supper I (have) nightmares. ~

  1. The milk (smell) sour. You (keep) milk a long time?

  2. These workmen are never satisfied; they always (complain).

  3. We (use) this room today because the window in the other room is broken.

  4. He always (say) that he will mend the window but he never (do) it.

  5. You (know) why an apple (fall) down and not up?

  6. - You (write) to him tonight? —

  • Yes, I always (write) to him on his birthday. You (want) to send any message?

  1. Tom and Mr Pitt (have) a long conversation. I (wonder) what they (talk) about.

  2. - You (believe) all that the newspapers say? ~

  • No, I (not believe) any of it. –

  • Then why you (read) newspapers?

  1. This car (make) a very strange noise. You (think) it is all right? — Oh, that noise (not

matter). It always (make) a noise like that.

  1. - The fire (smoke) horribly. I can't see across the room. –

  • I (expect) that birds (build) a nest in the chimney. ~

  • Why you (not put) wire across the tops of your chimneys? —

  • Tom (do) that sometimes but it (not seem) to make any difference.

Exercise 5. Put the verbs in brackets into the simple present or present

continuous tense.

1 - What Tom (think) of the Budget? ~
- He (think) it most unfair. ~

  • I (agree) with him.

  1. - What this one (cost)?

  • It (cost) forty pence.

  1. You (hear) the wind? It (blow) very strongly tonight.

  2. - You (see) my car keys anywhere? —

  • No, I (look) for them but I (not see) them.

  1. He never (listen) to what you say. He always (think) about something else.

  2. This book is about a man who (desert) his family and (go) to live a Pacific island.

  3. - You (understand) what the lecturer is saying? ~

  • No, I (not understand) him at all.

  1. - What you (have) for breakfast usually? -

- I usually (eat) a carrot and (drink) a glass of cold water.

9 When the curtain (rise) we (see) a group of workers. They (picket) factory gate.
10 - Why you (walk) so fast today? You usually (walk) quite slowly. ~

  • I (hurry) because I (meet) my mother at 4 o'clock and she (not like) to be kept waiting.

11 - I (wish) that dog would lie down. He (keep) jumping up on my lap

- I (think) he (want) to go for a walk.

12 - You (recognize) that man? ~

- I (think) that I have seen him before but I (not remember) his name.

  1. Look at that crowd. I (wonder) what they (wait) for.

  2. This message has just arrived and the man (wait) in case you (want) to send a reply.

  3. - Stop! You (not see) the notice?-

  • I (see) it but I can't read it because I (not wear) my glasses. What (say)? -

  • It (say) “These premises are patrolled by guard dogs”.

  1. She always (borrow) from me and she never (remember) to pay me back.

  2. You (need) another blanket or you (feel) warm enough?

  3. - It (save) time if you (take) the path through the wood? –

  • No, it (not matter) which path you take.

  1. I (save) up because I (go) abroad in July.

  2. I (think) it is a pity you don't take more exercise. You (get) fat.

  3. The plane that you (look) at now just (take) off for Paris.

  4. Tom never (do) any work in the garden; he always (work) on his

  1. - What he (do) to his car now? ~ - I (think) he (polish) it.

  2. That film (come) to the local cinema next week. You (want) to see it?

  3. - How Peter (get) on at school? ~ - Very well. He (seem) to like the life.

  4. - Why Mrs Pitt (look) so angry? ~

- Mr Pitt (smoke) a cigarette and (drop) the ash on the carpet.

27 - This is our itinerary. We (leave) home on the 8th, (arrive) in Paris on

the 9th, (spend) the day in Paris, and (set) out that night for Venice. ~
- That (sound) most interesting. You must tell me all about it when you (get) back.

  1. This story is about a boy who (make) friends with a snake which he (find) in his garden. Then he (go) away but he (not forget) the snake and some years later he (return) and (look) for it.

  2. He (find) the snake who (recognize) its old friend and (coil) round him affectionately, but he (be) frightened. ~

  3. - The snake (feel) sorry about this? ~

  • I (not know). The story (end) there. ~

  1. - How you (end) a letter that (begin), 'Dear Sir'? ~

  • I always (put), 'Yours truly', but Tom (prefer) 'Yours faithfully'. ~

  1. -What the word 'catastrophe' (mean)? - It (mean) 'disaster'. ~

  2. -What you (wait) for? ~

-I (wait) for the shop to open. ~

- But it (not open) till 9.00. ~

- I (know) but I (want) to be early, as their sale (start) today.

34 - Why you (smoke) a cigar, Mrs Pitt? You (not smoke) cigars as a rule.
- I (smoke) it because I (want) the ash. This book (say) that cigar ash mixed with oil (remove) heat stains from wood. ~

35 -Who (own) this umbrella? ~

- I (not know). Everybody (use) it but nobody (know) who (own) it. ~

36 - You (mind) if I (ask) you a question? ~
-That (depend) on the question. ~

- It (concern) your brother. ~

- I (refuse) to answer any question about my brother.

Exercise 6. Put the verbs in brackets into the simple present or present

continuous tense.

1 Ann sees Paul putting-on his coat and says: - Where you (go), Paul?

Paul: I (go) to buy some cigarettes. You (want) an evening paper?

2 Ann: No, thanks. You are always buying cigarettes, Paul. How many you (smoke) a


Paul: I (not smoke) very many—perhaps 20. Jack (smoke) far more than I (do). He

(spend) 10pounds a week on cigarettes.

  1. Mary (see) Peter standing at the bus stop. Mary: Hello, Peter. What bus you (wait) for?

Peter: Hello, Mary. I (wait) for a 9 or a 14.

  1. Mary: You usually (go) to work by car, don't you?

Peter: Yes, but the car (belong) to my mother and she sometimes (want) it. She (use) it

today to take Tom to the dentist.

  1. Mary: I usually (go) by car too. Jack (take) me because he (pass) my office on his way

to the factory. But this week he (work) in a factory in the opposite direction: so I

(queue) like you.

6 Peter: Here's a 9 now. You (come) on it or you (wait) for a 14?

Mary: I (think) I'll take the 9. If I (wait) for a 14 I may be late, and if you (be) late at my

office everyone (look) at you.

7 Mary and Ann (wait) outside a telephone box. Inside the box a boy (dial) a number.

Mary: You (know) that boy?

Ann: Yes, he's a friend of my brother's. He (phone) his girl friend every day from this box. 8 Mary: Where he (come) from?

Ann: He (come) from Japan. He's a very clever boy; he (speak) four languages.

9 Mary: I (wonder) what he (speak) now.

Ann: Well, his girl friend (come) from Japan too; so I (suppose) he (speak) Japanese.

10 It is 8.30. Tom and Ann (have) breakfast. They both (open) their letters.
Tom: No one ever (write) to me. All I (get) is bills! You (have) anything interesting?

11 Ann: I've got a letter from Hugh. He (say) he (come) to London next week and
(want) us to meet him for lunch.

12 Peter: You (have) traffic wardens in your country?

Pedro: No, I (not think) so. You (not see) them in my town anyway. What exactly a traffic warden (do)?

  1. Peter: He (walk) up and down the street and if a car (stay) too long at a parking place or (park) in a no-parking area he (stick) a parking ticket to the windscreen.

  2. Look! He (put) a ticket on Tom's car. Tom will be furious when he (see) it. He (hate) getting parking tickets.

  3. Customer: I (want) to buy a fur coat. Have you any nice coats for about £500?

Assistant: I'm afraid we just (close), madam. It's 4.55, and we always (close) at 5.00 sharp on Fridays as Mr Jones the manager (not want) to miss his favourite television programme.

  1. It is Friday evening and the Brown family are at home. Mrs Brown (listen) to a concert on the radio; Mr Brown (read) a paper, George Brown (do) his homework and Ann Brown (write) a letter.

  2. Mr Brown always (read) his newspapers in the evenings. Mrs Brown sometimes (knit) but she (not knit) tonight.

  3. Mr Black often (go) to the theatre but his wife (not go) very often. He (like) all sorts of plays. She (prefer) comedies.

  4. Tonight they (watch) a very modern comedy. They (enjoy) it, but they (not understand) some of the jokes.

  5. - What (happen) in your class? The teacher (give) lectures every day?-

-No. He (give) one lecture a week, and on the other days he (show) films or (discuss)

books with us.-

  1. A bus conductor (get) more exercise than a bus driver. The driver just (sit) in his cab but the conductor (stand) and (walk) about and (run) up and down the stairs.

  2. - Why that man (stand) in the middle of the road? -

-He (try) to get across. He (wait) for a gap in the traffic. ~

-Why he (not use) the subway? ~

-Lots of people (not bother) to use the subway. They (prefer) to risk

their lives crossing here.

  1. - You (wear) a new coat, aren't you? ~
    - Yes. You (like) it? ~

  • The colour (suit) you but it (not fit) you very well. It's much too big.

  1. All the guides here (speak) at least three foreign languages, because a lot of foreign visitors (come) every summer.

  2. Paul (take) a party of French tourists round now and tomorrow an American party (come).

  3. Englishmen very seldom (talk) on the Underground. They (prefer) to read their newspapers. ~

Those two men in the corner (talk).

-But they (not talk) English.

27 - Jones and Co. (have) a sale at the moment. Shall we look in on our
way home? ~

- I'd love to but I'm afraid I won't have time. I (meet) Tom at 5.30. ~

- You (go) out with Tom often?

  1. I usually (go) by train, but this weekend I (go) by bus. It (take) longer but it (cost)


  1. Ann (on telephone): You (do) anything at the moment, Sally?

Sally: Yes. I (pack); I (catch) a plane to New York in three hours' time.

Ann: Lucky girl! How long you (stay) in New York?

30 Peter: You (go) out tonight, Paul?

Paul: No, I (stay) at home. The neighbours (come) in to watch TV.

Peter: You (invite) the neighbours often?

Paul: No, but they (invite) themselves whenever there is a good


31 Jack: I just (go) out to get an evening paper.

Ann: But it (pour)! Why you (not wait) till the rain (stop)? ( ^ I advise you to wait.)

  1. Lucy: Tom (get) up very early but he (wash) and (shave) and (get) his breakfast so


that I (not hear) a thing. But I (hear) him driving away from the house because his car

(make) a lot of noise.

  1. Alice: My brother (get) up very early too. But he (make) such a lot of noise that he

(wake) everybody up. He (sing) in his bath and (bang) doors and (drop) things in the

kitchen and (play) the radio very loudly.

  1. Lucy: Why you (not ask) him to be a bit quieter?

Alice: I (mention) it every night but it (not do) any good. He (say) that he (not make) a

sound, and I (think) he really (believe) it.

35 Tom: You (see) that man at the corner? He (keep) stopping people and asking them
questions. You (think) he (ask) for directions?
Jack: No, I (expect) he (make) a survey.

Tom: How you (make) a survey?

Jack: You (stop) people and (ask) them questions and (write) the answers

on a report sheet.

36 In most countries a child (start) school at six and (stay) for about five years
in a primary school. Then he (move) to a secondary school. At17 or 18 he (take) an

exam; if he (do) well in this exam he can go on to a university if he (wish).

Exercise 7. Put the verbs in brackets into the simple present or present

continuous tense.

1 Mrs Jones: My daughter never (write) to me so I never (know) what she (do). Your son

(write) to you, Mrs Smith?

Mrs Smith: Yes, I (hear) from him every week. He (seem) to like writing letters.

  1. -These apples (cost) 40p a bag. You (think) that is expensive? —

- It (depend) on the size of the bag.

  1. - I (see) my solicitor tomorrow (I have arranged this); I (change) my will. ~

- You always (change) your will. Why you (not leave) it alone?

  1. - You (look) very thoughtful. What you (think) about? -
    - I (think) about my retirement. ~

-But you're only 25. You only just (start) your career. ~

- I (know); but I (read) an article which (say) that a sensible man (start)

thinking about retirement at 25. ~

5 - My next door neighbour always (knock) on my door and (ask) me lend her10p pieces.

-What she (do) with them? ~

- She (put) them in her gas meter. I really (not mind) lending her a few 10p pieces but

what (annoy) me is that she (know) how many she (need) each week but never (take)

the trouble to bring the rig number home. ~

6 -What she (do) if she (run out) of them when you are away? ~

- Oh, she (borrow) from her other neighbour, Mr White; but this (take) longer because

he always (want) her to stay and chat and she (find quite hard to get away from him. ~

7 - How much she (owe) you now? ~

I (not know); I (not keep) an account. Anyway she (leave) next we she (get) married. I

(try) to think of a suitable wedding present. ~

  1. - Why you (not offer) to cancel her debt? ~

-That (sound) rather a mean sort of present. Anyway she probably (not realize) that she

(owe) me money. ~

9 My brother (say) that people who (owe) him money always (seem'
forget about it, but people he (owe) money to always (remember) exactly.

10 I (not think) your brother (enjoy) the party. He (keep) looking at I watch. ~
Oh, I'm sure he (enjoy) it. He always (enjoy) your parties. But I (know) he (want) to be

home early tonight because he (expect) an important telephone call.

11 Jack: How much longer you (stay) in England?

Paul: Only one more day. I (leave) tomorrow night. I (go) to Holla for two weeks.

  1. Jack: And you (come) back to England after that or you (go) home

Paul: It (depend) on my father. But if he (agree) to let me go on studying here I'll

certainly come back. And I (expect) he will agree.

  1. Paul: By the way, Jack, Ann (see) me off at Victoria tomorrow. Why you (not come)

too? You could have coffee with her afterwards, (Paul is advising/inviting Jack to

come and see him off.)

  1. -You (see) that man at the corner of the street? He is a private detective. He (watch)

No. 24. ~

- How you (know) he (watch) No. 24? ~

- Because whenever anyone (come) out of, or (go) into, the house he (make) a note

in his little book.

15 -What all those people (do) in the middle of the street? And why they (wear) such
extraordinary clothes? ~

- They (make) a film. Most of the crowd are local people who (work) as extras. ~

16 - It (sound) great fun. You (think) I could get a job as a film extra? ~

- I (not know) but I (see) Ann over there; when they (finish) this scene I'll ask her if

they still (take) on extras. ~

17- Ann (act) in the film?-

-She has a small part. She (not act) very well. I (imagine) she got the part because she

(know) the director.

  1. My brother (live) next door and his two children (come) and (see) me every day. The

boy (not bother) to knock at the door; he just (climb) in through the window; but the

girl always (knock).

  1. Tom: We (move) into our new house tomorrow.

Bill: But why you (leave) your present house? It (suit) you all.

Tom: Yes, I (know) it (do); but the Council (pull down) all the houses on this side.

They (widen) the road. They (say) it's a bottleneck.

  1. If you (ask) a friend if she (like) your new dress she usually (say) 'Yes'; so you (not

know) whether she really (think) it (suit) you or whether she merely (be) polite.

  1. If you (want) a candid opinion you'd better ask my sister. She never (tell) white lies;

she always (say) exactly what she (think).

  1. - Your sister's frankness (annoy) people? ~

- Yes, it (do). The average person (not want) a truthful answer; he (want) you to say

something agreeable. ~

23 - I (hear) that you have bought a new house. ~

- Yes, but I (not live) in it yet. They still (work) on it, and the work (take) longer than I

expected. ~

24 - I (think) repair jobs always (take) longer than one(expect).What they (do) now? ~
- They (put) in new electric points. They (seem) competent electricians but they

(smoke) at their work and this (slow) them down.

25 - They always (hammer) next door. ~

- Yes, that house (keep) changing hands and the new owner always (begin) by putting

in a new fireplace, and their fireplace is just on the other side of this wall so we (hear)

everything. The wall (shake), too. ~

26 - Ann (stir) something in a saucepan and Mary (stand) beside her holding
a cookery book.

Mary: It (say) 'simmer', and you (boil) it, Ann.

Ann: I (not think) it (matter) if you (cook) it quickly; but I (not know)

why it (not get) thick. It usually (thicken) at once.

27 - The hall (be) painted at the moment, so it (not look) its best. ~
- But where are the painters? They (stop) work at 3.00? ~

- No, they are in the kitchen. They (have) a tea break. ~

28 - What the word 'Establishment' (mean)? My dictionary (not give) explanation. ~
- It roughly (mean) the government and people who (have) power authority.

  1. - If we (say) that Mr Brown (belong) to the Establishment we also (imply) that he

(accept) the existing system. He (not try) to overthrow it. ~

  1. - All rich men (belong) to the Establishment? ~

-Middle-aged rich men probably (do) but rich young men like pop singers always

(jeer) at the Establishment. The word (be used) chiefly in a pejorative sense. ~

  1. The house opposite the college (be pulled) down. That's why we (use) the back

entrance at present. If you (go) out by the front door you (get) covered with dust.

  1. Tom: I (smell) something burning!

Jack: So (do) I. I (think) it (come) from the kitchen. Ann probably (iron). She usually

(iron) and (watch) TV at the same time and if she (get) very interested in a programme

she (forget) that she (press hot iron on to somebody's shirt. Mother (think) of selling the

TV set.

33 Mrs Jones: What you (look) for, Tom?

Mr Jones: I (look) for the garage key. I always (look) for the garage key, because

nobody ever (put) it back on its hook.

Mrs Jones: I always (put) it back on its hook. Why you (not try) pockets? (I advise you

to try your pockets).

  1. Imagine that you (travel) by train, in a crowded compartment. One of the passengers

(read) a newspaper; another (do) a crossword puzzle; another (look out) of the window.

Suddenly the train (stop) with a jerk and your suitcase (fall) off the rack on to

somebody' toes.


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