LESSON 1: present simple vs. present continuous (revision and exercise)

LESSON 1: present simple vs. present continuous (revision and exercise)

This lesson focuses on the present simple and the present continuous (progressive) tenses. The examples and the following exercise will help you to revise the most basic distinctions between these two tenses.

As you remember, we use present simple tense while talking about

  • Something which is always true, e.g. “Ice melts at 0 degrees Celsius
  • Our habits, daily routine, e.g. “I usually drink tea in the morning” (notice the use of present simple with the following adverbs: always, usually, often, sometimes, never, from time to time, etc.)
  • Permanent states, e.g. “She prefers swimming to volleyball”, “I like films with Schwarzenegger”, “John lives in San Francisco

When it comes to present continuous, we use it while speaking about 

  • Temporary situations, e.g. “I’m driving this old car until I find something better” 
  • Actions happening at the moment of speaking, e.g. “Look at that cat! It’s climbing up the tree
  • Actions happening around the time of speaking, e.g. “I’m spending a lot of time learning English”, “She’s having a lot of problems these days



And now some easy exercise for you. Fill in the gaps with the appropriate form of the verb in brackets. Use present simple or present continuous.

Mike: Hi James! I haven’t seen you for ages. How are you?

James: I 1.______ (to have) a kind of a difficult time lately.

Mike: What’s the matter?

James: I lost my job last week.

Mike: I’m so sorry to hear that. How do you bear up?

James: Well, I have to live somehow. I 2.______ (to look) for a new job and I’ve moved back to my parents. I 3.______ (to stay) with them until I find something cheaper.

Mike: I hope you find some job soon. Should you need some money...

James: No, thanks. I still 4.______ (to have) some savings. Thank you all the same.

Mike: You know what they say: “A friend in need 5.______ (to be) a friend indeed”. Maybe you would like to visit us? Ann would be very pleased to see you again. And you know that she 6.______ (to make) the best cakes. We could also have some barbeque in the evening. That would cheer you up!

James: I’d love to come.

Mike: Next Saturday then?

James: OK. What time should I come?

Mike: Around 9 p.m. I think. We have to take care of the children first. They always 7.______ (to go) to bed at 8.

James: How old are your children now?

Mike: Jenny is two and David almost five. They are the most joyful kids you could imagine. I bet they 8.______ (to play) together at the moment.

James: Have you got a babysitter?

Mike: No, my wife 9.______ (to stay) with them at home. But she 10.______ (to plan) to go back to work soon. Enough about me, though. Sometimes I 11.______ (to feel) so stupid talking about them all the time. Having children really 12.______ (to change) your life. I’m happy you will meet my family. Will you come? It would be great to talk about the old times.

James: Sure I will.

Mike: By the way. It’s just come to my mind: do you remember Adam?

James: The one who 13.______ (to own) the architecture company?

Mike: The same one. He told me they 14.______ (to reorganise) their departments now. He 15.______ (to think) of employing some new staff. I could invite him for Saturday. Maybe he could help you.

James: That would be great.

Mike: I have to go. It was nice to meet you, see you on Saturday!

James: Thanks for inviting me. Bye.  

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  1. am having
  2. am looking
  3. am staying
  4. have
  5. is
  6. makes
  7. go
  8. are playing
  9. stays
  10. is planning
  11. feel
  12. changes
  13. owns
  14. are reorganising 
  15. is thinking


Dzięki za informację,

Dzięki za informację, faktycznie były dwie literówki, które oczywiście już poprawiłem. Co do odpowiedzi 12 gdzie należy wpisać czasownik "change" w odpowiedniej formie, zasugerowana przez Ciebie odpowiedź jest błędna. Powinno być tak jak jest na stronie, czyli "changes" (bez 'it')

Można by poprawić parę

Można by poprawić parę ubytków w tym teście, Pewnie wyglądałby bardziej profesjonalnie, np. w odpowiedziach 'it changes' albo w tekście zamiast |I would be great - It would be great| czy wcześniej |How old are you children now? - How old are your children now?|

- ale to tylko luźna sugestia...:)