Present Simple or Present Continuous exercise 2. Intermediate


Present Simple or Present Continuous exercise 2. Intermediate

topic: SIMPLE PRESENT or PRESENT CONTINUOUS? 2 | level: Intermediate

Choose the best, most natural-sounding response:

1. I ________ my teeth twice a day.
am brushing

2. I ________ tennis twice a week.
am playing

3. Look! ________.
It’s raining
It rains

4. I have to go home. ________ dark.
It gets
It’s getting

5. I normally ________ breakfast very early.
am eating

6. This is such a great party! ________ so much fun!
I have
I’m having

7. I ________ to tell the truth.
am always trying
always try

8. PERSON 1: Would you like some candy? PERSON 2: No thanks, I ________ candy.
am not liking
don’t like

9. PERSON 1: What are you doing here? PERSON 2: ________ for my friend.
I’m waiting
I wait

10. How often ________ basketball?
are you playing
do you play

Present Simple или Present Continuous (уровни 1,2,3). Упражнения

Эти упражнения из цикла «Грамматика английского языка для начинающих. Времена английского глагола» помогут вам научиться различать Present Simple и Present Continuous на практике. Они делятся на три уровня изучения:

Грамматика английского языка для начинающих. Времена

Present Simple или Present Continuous. Упражнения (уровень I)

Present Simple — every day, once a week, … продолжите сами? Повторить подсказки на Present Simple

ВНИМАНИЕ! Эти подсказки работают только в настоящем времени (когда глагол-действие отвечает на вопрос: Что делает предмет?)

today — сегодня днем

tonight — сегодня вечером

Упражнение 1. Выберите из скобок нужную форму. Объясните сделанный выбор.

1. It sometimes (snows/is snowing) here in April. 2. It (snows/is snowing) now. 3. Every morning mother (cooks/is cooking) breakfast for us. 4. It is 8 o’clock now. Mother (cooks/ is cooking) breakfast. 5. Every day father (leaves/is leaving) the house at half past eight. 6. Now it is half past eight. Father (leaves/is leaving) the house. 7. We often (watch/are watching) TV. 8. Now we (sit/ are sitting) in armchairs and (watch/are watching) TV. 9. Sometimes Mike (does/is doing) his lessons in the evening. 10. Look at Mike. He (does/is doing) his lessons. 11. It often (rains/is raining) in September. 12. It (rains/is raining) now. 13. Every day the family (has/is having) tea at 5 o’clock. 14. It is 5 o’clock now. The family (has/is having) tea.

Упражнение 2. Поставьте глаголы в скобках в нужном времени и в нужной форме.

1. Не often (go) to the cinema. 2. They (watch) TV at the moment. 3. She (write) letters to her mother every week. 4. Nina usually (drive) to work. 5. Father (sit) on the sofa now. 6. Listen. The telephone (ring). 7. Tim (study) a new language every year. 8. We always (spend) the summer in York. 9. In summer we usually (go) to the seaside. 10. Look at Tom. He (ride) a horse. 11. He often (watch) birds in autumn. 12. Don’t ask me now. I (write) an exercise. 13. She usually (watch) television in the evening. 14. I (play) the piano every day.

Упражнение 3. Заполните пропуски, используя don’t, doesn’t, isn’t, aren’t или am not.

1. We … watching a television programme now. 2. We … watch television every day. 3. It… raining very hard at the moment. 4. I … hear you well. 5. It… rain very much in summer. 6. Mr Johnson … eating his lunch now. 7. Mr Johnson … always eat at that cafe. 8. I… see any students in that room. 9. They … like milk for lunch. 10. He … have money for a new car.

Упражнение 4. Начните вопросы с do, does, is, are или am.

1. … you learn new words in each lesson?
2. … you learning the new words right now?
3. … she usually sit at the third desk?
4. … she sitting at the third desk today?
5. … you read many books every year?
6. … you reading an interesting book now?

Упражнение 5. Найдите ошибки и исправьте их.

1.We not going to school today. 2. What you doing after school? 3. At the moment Peter is work in Russia. 4. Does he got a new car? 5. He never wear a hat. 6. He don’t like black coffee. 7. We are have a good time. 8. What you doing now? 9. It rains at the moment. 10. How you like the game?

Present Simple или Present Continuous. Упражнения

(уровень II)

Упражнение 6. Поставьте глаголы, данные в скобках, в нужном времени.

1. My brother (talk) to Tom now. 2. Не (work) hard every day. 3. That girl (speak) English very well. 4. My friend (enjoy) hamburgers very much. 5. John and Frank (write) letters at this moment. 6. The children (sleep) for two hours every afternoon. 7. It (rain) very much in autumn. 8. Miss Peters (talk) to Mr Johnson right now. 9. We (do) Exercise 13. 10. My mother (cook) very well.

Упражнение 7. Найдите ошибки и исправьте их.

1. Where your sister work? 2. I’m go to the cinema tonight. 3. How much you sleep? 4. We no wear a uniform at school. 5. That’s my brother over there. He stands near the window. 6. Claire not like oranges. 7. Sorry. You can’t speak to Jane. She’s sleep. 8. My friend live in Great Britain. 9. Peter’s a businessman. He’s working all over the world.

Упражнение 8. Переведите на английский язык.

1. Я люблю апельсиновый сок. Я всегда пью его по утрам.

2. — Что ты сейчас пьешь? — Я пью апельсиновый сок.

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3. — Том, куда ты идешь? — Я иду в библиотеку. — Я всегда хожу в библиотеку по субботам.

4. — Где Джек? — Он играет в саду.

5. Джек хорошо играет в теннис.

Упражнение 9. Поставьте глаголы в скобках в Present Simple или Present Continuous.

1. Elephants (not/eat) meat. 2. He (go) to the cinema once a week. 3. He (not/watch) always a good film. 4. Uncle George always (come) to dinner on Sundays. 5. He (not/work) on Sundays, of course. 6. Look! A big white bird (sit) in our garden.

Упражнение 10. Поставьте глаголы в скобках в Present Simple или Present Continuous.

1. —What you (do) here? —I (wait) for a friend. 2. —He (speak) French? —Yes, he (speak) French well. 3. Someone (knock) at the door. 4. Don’t go into the classroom. The students (write) a dictation there. 5. The man who (read) a book is our English teacher. 6. Let’s go for a walk. It (not/rain). 7. — Where is Joe? — He (look for) his key. 8. Don’t disturb Ed. He (do) his homework. 9. We usually (watch) TV One but tonight we (watch) TV Two for a change. 10.—What’s that noise? —Sam (play) ball.

Present Simple или Present Continuous. Упражнения

(уровень III)

  1. love — любить
  2. hate — ненавидеть
  3. like — нравиться
  4. need — нуждаться
  5. see — видеть
  6. hear — слышать
  7. know — знать
  8. remember — помнить
  9. understand — понимать

Упражнение 11. Поставьте глаголы, данные в скобках, в нужном времени (в Present Simple или Present Continuous.)

1. Give Ben lots of apples. He (like) them. 2. It’s quiet because the children (stay) with their grandmother. 3. I’m sorry, he can’t come to phone. He (cook) dinner. 4. — You (hear) anything? — I (listen) hard, but I (hear) nothing. 5. They (need) money to buy a car.

Упражнение 12. Начните вопросы с do, does, is, are или am.

  1. …. you listening to me?
  2. . … you hear me well?
  3. … this lesson very difficult to you?
  4. … you remember the title of that book?
  5. … you understand all of the words very well?

Упражнение 13. Найдите ошибки и исправьте их.

1. She speak French very well. 2. I’m taking my umbrella because is raining. 3. I am hating hot milk. 4. Are you understanding this rule now? 5. I am liking tea. 6. He is speaking three languages. 7. I’m so dirty. I am need a bath now. 8. He is having a flat in the center. 9. Peter is in the kitchen. He cooks breakfast for the family.

Упражнение 14. Переведите на английский язык.

  1. На завтрак я ем кашу. Но я не люблю кашу.
  2. Том играет в футбол каждое воскресенье.
  3. Торопись, автобус идет.
  4. Мы живем в Москве.
  5. Семья Смитов сейчас проживает в гостинице.

Упражнение 15. Переведите на английский язык.

  1. Я учу английский язык.
  2. Я читаю книгу. (Не мешай мне.)
  3. Я чищу зубы каждое утро.
  4. Что делаешь? — Я рисую.
  5. Я вас не понимаю.
  6. Мой брат ждет меня внизу.
  7. Кто плачет? — Моя сестра плачет.
  8. Джейн хорошо поет. Слышишь? Она поет сейчас.
  9. Кто-то идет сюда. Я слышу шаги (it).
  10. Где ты покупаешь хлеб?

Упражнение 16. Переведите на английский язык.

1. — Где Вадим? — Он играет в теннис. 2. — Он хорошо играет в теннис? — Нет, он играет в теннис плохо. 3. Я не знаю человека, который (who) разговаривает с моей мамой. 4. Я часто разговариваю с моим другом о нашей поездке. 5. Андрей поет очень хорошо. 6. Слушайте. Кто-то поет в соседней комнате. 7. Он не видит, что я на него смотрю. Он читает книгу. 8. Позвоните ему сейчас. Я думаю, что он не спит. 9. Посмотрите на человека, который стоит у окна. Это мой учитель английского языка. 10. Джон на улице (outside). Он моет машину.

Итак, подведем итоги. Вы изучили на базовом уровне два часто употребляемых времени в английском языке (Present Simple и Present Continuous) и выполнили достаточное количество упражнений для их закрепления. На этом изучение грамматики английского языка не заканчивается. Далее осталось изучить еще два времени — Past Simple (прошедшее простое) и Future Simple (будущее простое) и с временами пока закончим. Далее вас ждут другие разделы из цикла « Грамматика английского языка для начинающих» уровень (beginner)

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Simple Present and Present Continuous / Progressive

when to use the Simple Present

  • regular actions or routine (I always cycle in the weekends.)
    signal words: always, every day, never, occasionally, often , on Tuesdays, seldom, sometimes , twice a week, usually
  • something is always true (The sun rises in the east.)
  • a situation is more or less permanent (I work in a hotel.)
  • describing an event at the moment of speaking (sports, theatrical or musical performance, etc.) (Boateng passes to Messi….. Messi to Dembélé ….)

when to use the Present Continuous

  • something is happening now at this moment of speaking (the sun isshining at the moment)
  • a situation is temporary, not necessarily occurring at the moment of speaking (I amreading a book by Hilary Mantel)
  • expressing annoyance at a frequently repeated action (you are always leaving the lights on!)

NOTE: The continuous occurs only with verbs that indicate duration and describe activities that are deliberate. Verbs which are not normally used in the continuous are

  • verbs of the senses (see, hear, feel, etc.)
  • verbs expressing feelings and emotions (love, hate, fear, hate, etc.)
  • verbs expressing possession (own, possess, etc.)
  • verbs expressing perception, remembrance, preference, knowledge (mean, know, believe, forget, understand, appreciate, etc.)

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The Present Continuous Tense. Упражнения

Exercise 1. Добавьте окончание -ing к следующим глаголам:

Work, swim, come, play, lie, tell, get, take, cut, drink, make, hit, sleep, try, look, walk, serve, eat, die, sit, cry, ski, travel, smile, begin, prepare, stop, listen, shave.

Answers: working, swimming, coming, playing, lying, telling, getting, taking, cutting, drinking, making, hitting, sleeping, trying, looking, walking, serving, eating, dying, sitting, crying, skiing, travelling, smiling, beginning, preparing, stopping, listening, shaving.

Exercise 2. Дополните предложения нужной формой глагола to be (am, is, are).

  1. Frank and Martin … watching a TV show now.
  2. Kelly … washing her dress in the bathroom.
  3. Our teacher … writing something on the blackboard.
  4. It … getting dark.
  5. The birds … singing sweetly in the garden.
  6. I … preparing for my report at the moment.
  7. The children … decorating the hall for the party.
  8. The wind … blowing now.
  9. People … speaking quietly in the conference-hall.
  10. You … waiting for the call.

Answers: 1. are; 2. is; 3. is; 4. is; 5. are;; 7. are; 8. is; 9. are; 10. are.

Exercise 3. Составьте предложения в the Present Continuous Tense.

  1. I/play/tennis/with/my/friend/now.
  2. We/walk/on/the/ beach/now.
  3. They/have/a/great/time/at/the/camp/at/the/ moment.
  4. Angela/paint/a/beautiful/picture/now.
  5. Tina/ and/Pam/stay/in/a/five-star/hotel.
  6. It/rain/outdoors/at/the/ moment.
  7. Bobby/prepare/for/the/test/in/his/room.
  8. The/ dog/bark/at/some/strangers.
  9. The/water/in/the/kettle/boil.
  10. Somebody/knock/at/the/door.
  11. The/children/still/sleep.
  12. You/watch/the/sunset/now.
  13. The/girls/choose/the/ costumes/for/the/party.
  14. We/wait/for/the/bus/at/the/ bus-stop.
  15. A/little/girl/cry.

Answers: 1. I’m playing tennis with my friend now. 2. We are walking on the beach now. 3. They are having a great time at the camp at the moment. 4. Angela is painting a beautiful picture now. 5.Tina and Pam are staying in a five-star hotel. 6. It is raining outdoors at the moment. 7. Bobby is preparing for the test in his room. 8. The dog is barking at some strangers. 9. The water in the kettle is boiling. 10. Somebody is knocking at the door. 11. The children are still sleeping. 12. You are watching the sunset now. 13. The girls are choosing the costumes for the party. 14. We are waiting for the bus at the bus-stop. 15. A little girl is crying.

Exercise 4. Сделайте предложения отрицательными.

  1. Molly is translating an article.
  2. Jack and Sam are gathering pears in the garden.
  3. It is getting warm.
  4. We are climbing a mountain.
  5. You are playing basketball now.
  6. The children are washing hands in the bathroom.
  7. My grandfather is reading a newspaper now.
  8. My family is having supper now.
  9. Angela is ironing her dress now.
  10. I’m looking for my kitten now.

Answers: 1. Molly isn’t translating an article. 2.Jack and Sam aren’t gathering pears in the garden. 3.It isn’t getting warm. 4. We aren’t climbing a mountain. 5. You aren’t playing basketball now. 6. The children aren’t washing hands in the bathroom. 7. My grandfather isn’t reading a newspaper now. 8. My family isn’t having supper now. 9. Angela isn’t ironing her dress now. 10. I’m not looking for my kitten now.

Exercise 5. Составьте предложения по образцу.

Example: Tim isn’t reading now. (to sleep) +
Tim isn’t reading now. He is sleeping.
Colin and Den are playing now. (to work) — Colin and Den are playing now. They aren’t working.

  1. Pupils aren’t writing a dictation now. (to translate the text) +
  2. Margaret is washing the dishes, (to sweep the floor) —
  3. The days are getting shorter, (to get longer) —
  4. My Granny isn’t reading a magazine, (to watch TV) +
  5. My friend and me are sunbathing, (to swim) —
  6. The kitten isn’t sleeping, (to play) +
  7. Greg and his boss aren’t having lunch, (to read a report) +
  8. Cliff and Julia are preparing for the test, (to dance at the disco) —
  9. My father isn’t washing his car. (to dig in the garden) +
  10. I’m not learning a poem now. (to write an essay) +
  11. You are skating now. (to play snowballs) —
  12. I’m drinking tea now. (to drink coffee) —
  13. My father and me aren’t listening to music now. (to listen to news) +

Answers: 1. Pupils aren’t writing a dictation now. They are translating the text. 2. Margaret is washing the dishes. She isn’t sweeping the floor. 3. The days are getting shorter. They aren’t getting longer. 4.My Granny isn’t reading a magazine. She is watching TV. 5. My friend and me are sunbathing. We aren’t swimming. 6. The kitten isn’t sleeping. It is playing. 7. Greg and his boss aren’t having lunch. They are reading a report. 8. Cliff and Julia are preparing for the test. They aren’t dancing at the disco. 9. My father isn’t washing his car. He is digging in the garden. 10. I’m not learning a poem now. I’m writing an essay. 11.You are skating now. You aren’t playing snowballs now. 12. I’m drinking tea now. I’m not drinking coffee now. 13. My father and me aren’t listening to music now. We aren’t listening to news now.

Exercise 6. Поставьте глаголы в скобках в правильную форму.

  1. Alice and Ron … (to sit) in a cafe now.
  2. It … (not to snow) outdoors now.
  3. We …(to wait) for our teacher in the classroom.
  4. I … (to watch) the children playing in the yard.
  5. The girls … (to argue) about what present to buy for Lewis.
  6. Andrew … (not to have) a rest at the moment.
  7. Look! All the people … (to come) into the hall.
  8. Unfortunately our experiment… (not to go) according to the plan.
  9. Pam … (to stand) too close to the road.
  10. The students … (not to have) a lecture now.
  11. Her health … (to improve) day after day.
  12. The rainforests … (to disappear) from our planet nowadays.
  13. The baby-sitter … (not to look) after the child because the child … (to sleep) now.
  14. Look! The guide … (topoint) at some ancient building.
  15. I… (not to discuss) this question now.

Answers: 1.are sitting; 2. isn’t snowing; 3. are waiting; watching; 5. are arguing; 6. isn’t having; 7. are coming; 8. isn’t going; 9. is standing;
10. aren’t having; 11. is improving; 12. are disappearing; 13. isn’t looking, is sleeping; 14. is pointing; 15. am not discussing.

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Exercise 7. Сделайте предложения вопросительными.

  1. We are gathering apples in the garden.
  2. Mary is listening to music now.
  3. I’m sweeping the floor in the kitchen.
  4. The cat is running after the mouse.
  5. The boys are making a plane.
  6. The wind is getting stronger.
  7. You’re building a nice house.
  8. I’m taking a bath now.
  9. A woman is feeding the chickens.
  10. They are trying to catch a taxi.

Answers: 1. Are we gathering apples in the garden? 2. Is Mary listening to music now? 3. Are you sweeping the floor in the kitchen? 4. Is the cat running after the mouse? 5. Are the boys making a plane? 6. Is the wind getting stronger? 7. Are you building a nice house? 8. Are you taking a bath now? 9. Is a woman feeding the chickens? 10. Are they trying to catch a taxi?

Exercise 8. Дайте краткие ответы на вопросы.

  1. Is he peeling the potatoes? — Yes, … .
  2. Are they walking in the park? — No, … .
  3. Are you watching TV? — Yes, … .
  4. Is Martin washing the car? — No, … .
  5. Are Jane and Molly cleaning their rooms? — Yes, ….
  6. Is the washing-machine working? — No, … .
  7. Are you reading a magazine? — No, ….
  8. Is Victor writing a report? — Yes, … .
  9. Is Ann typing a document? — No, … .
  10. Is the sun shining? — Yes, … .

Answers: 1. Yes, he is. 2. No, they aren’t. 3. Yes, I am. 4. No, he isn’t. 5. Yes, they are. 6. No, it isn’t. 7. No, I’m not. 8. Yes, he is. 9. No, she isn’t. 10. Yes, it is.

Exercise 9. Поставьте глаголы в скобках в правильную форму. Дайте краткие ответы на вопросы.

  1. … Anna … (to type) the documents? — No, …. She … (to speak) to her boss.
  2. … it … (to get cold)? — Yes, … . And the wind … (to get) stronger.
  3. … you … (to look) through the papers? — No, I…. I… (to write) a report for the conference now.
  4. … Bill and Mike … (to mend) the fence? — Yes,….
  5. … your parents and you … (to rest) in the country house? — No, … . We … (to spend) our weekend at the seaside.
  6. … Edgar … (to play) a computer game? — Yes, ….
  7. … the phone … (to ring)? — No, …. Somebody … (to ring) the door bell.
  8. … your grandparents … (to rest)? — No, …. My grandparents … (to work) in the kitchen garden.
  9. … the kitten … (to sleep)? — No, … . The kitten … (to hide) somewhere.
  10. … you … (to slice) cheese? — No, I …. I … (to mix) the vegetable salad.

Answers: 1. Is Anna typing the documents? — No, she isn’t. She is speaking to her boss. 2.Is it getting cold? — Yes, it is. And the wind is getting stronger. 3. Are you looking through the papers? — No, Гт not. I’m writing a report for the conference now. 4. Are Bill and Mike mending the fence? — Yes, they are. 5. Are your parents and you resting in the country house? — No, we aren’t. We are spending our weekend at the seaside. 6.Is Edgar playing a computer game? — Yes, he is. 7. Is the phone ringing? — No, it isn’t. Somebody is ringing the door bell. 8. Are your grandparents resting? — No, they aren’t. My grandparents are working in the kitchen garden. 9. Is the kitten sleeping? — No, it isn’t. The kitten is hiding somewhere. 10. Are you slicing cheese? — No, I’m not. I’m mixing the vegetable salad.

Exercise 10. Составьте предложения, расставив слова в верном порядке.

  1. gathering/forest/We/the/mushrooms/are/in.
  2. horses/are/The/not/now/boys/riding/the.
  3. breakfast/sister/now/your/having/Is?
  4. whitewashing/garden/the/They/in/trees/are/the.
  5. me/waiting/Are/for/you?
  6. having/not/now/is/lunch/Roger.
  7. to/teacher/speaking/Our/them/is/now.
  8. carpet/the/Vicky/Is/the/vacuuming/ living-room/in?
  9. is/coffee/Helen/for/making/not/me.
  10. friend/going/and/My/are/the/me/cinema/to.
  11. The/new/concert/learning/children/a/for/song/are/the.
  12. is/now/brother/for/His/looking/not/work.
  13. you/hall/the/hanging/in/the/Are/garlands?
  14. the/in/dusting/is/now/sister/furniture/bedroom/the/My.
  15. party/Everybody/the/enjoying/is.

Answers: 1. We are gathering mushrooms in the forest. 2. The boys are not riding the horses now. 3. Is your sister having breakfast now? 4. They are whitewashing the trees in the garden. 5. Are you waiting for me? 6.Roger is not having lunch now. 7. Our teacher is speaking to them now. 8. Is Vicky vacuuming the carpet in the living-room? 9. Helen is not making coffee for me. 10. My friend and me are going to the cinema. 11. The children are learning a new song for the concert. 12. His brother is not looking for work now. 13. Are you hanging the garlands in the hall? 14.My sister is dusting the furniture in the bedroom now. 15. Everybody is enjoying the party.

Exercise 11. Переведите на английский язык.

  1. Они сейчас украшают комнату.
  2. Он ждет меня?
  3. Мы сейчас не готовим ужин. Мы убираем кухню.
  4. Анна не плавает сейчас. Она играет в волейбол со своими друзьями.
  5. Вы слушаете меня? — Да, я слушаю вас внимательно.
  6. Сейчас я отдыхаю в саду.
  7. Мой брат ищет какую-то информацию для своего проекта.
  8. Они сейчас не красят крышу дома. Они ремонтируют ворота.
  9. ДЖейн сейчас принимает душ? — Нет, она готовит завтрак.
  10. Вы моете руки? — Да.
  11. Твои друзья готовятся к концерту? — Да, они сейчас обсуждают костюмы.
  12. На улице идет дождь.

Answers: 1.They are decorating the room now. 2. Is he waiting for me? 3. We aren’t cooking supper now. We are cleaning the kitchen. 4. Anna isn’t swimming now. She is playing volleyball with her friends. 5. Are you listening to me? — Yes, I am listening to you attentively. 6. I’m having rest in the garden now. 7. My brother is looking for some information for his project. 8. They aren’t painting the roof of the house now. They are repairing the gates. 9.Is Jane having a shower now? — No, she isn’t. She is cooking breakfast. 10. Are you washing your hands? — Yes, I am. 11. Are your friends preparing for the concert? — Yes, they are discussing the costumes. 12. It is raining outdoors now.



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