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The Past Simple and the Past Continuous Tense
The Past Simple and the Past Continuous
The Past Simple and The Present Perfect Tense.
Use the continuous
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.
bed all day.( She)
Exercise 2. Write the following in the negative and interrogative form.
Example: Ann cooks well. – Ann doesn’t cook well. Does Ann kook well?
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.
- I (read) the historical novel.
-I (come) in a minute. I just (wash) my hands.
25 - What (make) that terrible noise?
- It's the pneumatic drill. They (repair) the road.
-They (cut) up some £5 notes.
Mother: I can't. I (bath) the babies. Is the Fire Brigade here?
A fireman (help) him! Two boys (slide) down a rope!
The Present Simple and the Present Continuous
Exercise 4. Put the verbs in brackets into the simple present or the present
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.
- 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. ~
- 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. ~
matter). It always (make) a noise like that.
Exercise 5. Put the verbs in brackets into the simple present or present
1 - What Tom (think) of the Budget? ~
- He (think) it most unfair. ~
- 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. ~
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.
- 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.
-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
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.
Peter: Hello, Mary. I (wait) for a 9 or a 14.
Peter: Yes, but the car (belong) to my mother and she sometimes (want) it. She (use) it
today to take Tom to the dentist.
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)?
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.
-No. He (give) one lecture a week, and on the other days he (show) films or (discuss)
books with us.-
-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.
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?
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)? ( ^
that I (not hear) a thing. But I (hear) him driving away from the house because his car
(make) a lot of noise.
(wake) everybody up. He (sing) in his bath and (bang) doors and (drop) things in the
kitchen and (play) the radio very loudly.
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
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.
- It (depend) on the size of the bag.
- You always (change) your will. Why you (not leave) it alone?
-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. ~
-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.
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.
too? You could have coffee with her afterwards, (Paul is advising/inviting Jack to
come and see him off.)
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.
boy (not bother) to knock at the door; he just (climb) in through the window; but the
girl always (knock).
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.
know) whether she really (think) it (suit) you or whether she merely (be) polite.
she always (say) exactly what she (think).
- 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
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.
(accept) the existing system. He (not try) to overthrow it. ~
-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. ~
entrance at present. If you (go) out by the front door you (get) covered with dust.
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
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).
(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
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