2-1. Verb Tense: Simple Present vs. Present Continuous

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2-1. Verb Tense: Simple Present vs. Present Continuous a. I like watching and playing sports. b. John likes watching and playing sports. 1. What verb tense are these sentences written in? 2. Why is ~s
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2-1. Verb Tense: Simple Present vs. Present Continuous a. I like watching and playing sports. b. John likes watching and playing sports. 1. What verb tense are these sentences written in? 2. Why is ~s added to sentence b? person s rd 3. What are the 3 person singular pronouns in English? 4. How do you make a question in the simple present tense? 5. How do you make a negative sentence in the simple present? a. Water boils at 100 C. b. The earth revolves around the sun. I like? Jill likes? I like Jill likes 6. Is this information correct? yes no 7. Is it always true? yes no 8. In what class do you learn this kind of information? 9. Do you always use the simple present with scientific facts? yes no a. We have a vocabulary quiz every Monday in literature class. b. I always brush my teeth before I go to bed. 10. What word in sentence a tells you to use the simple present? 11. What word in sentence b tells you to use the simple present? 12. What are some other words like always that need the present tense? always u of s oc r n 13. What question is answered by these words? H a. The movie starts at 7:40 tonight. b. Kris s plane lands at 12:15 tomorrow afternoon. 14. When are tonight and tomorrow afternoon? f 15. Why are these sentences written in the simple present? sc 16. Where can you find this information? -71- The children are playing in the backyard. 17. What verb tense is this sentence written in? 18. What is the helping verb in this sentence? 19. What form of the verb is playing? 20. When is this action happening? (Terry is talking on the telephone to her friend.) I m reading a really interesting book about the Civil War. 21. Is Terry reading the book right now? yes no 22. When did she start reading the book? 23. When will she finish reading the book? 24. What is a word for something that takes a long time to finish? p 25. Do you always use the present continuous with projects? yes no a. Javier s English is getting much better. b. The population of India is rising quickly. 26. What kind of information do getting and rising give? ch 27. Do you usually use the present continuous to show changes? yes no a. Jeff is swimming in the pool. b. David is jumping into the pool. 28. Are both of these sentences correct? yes no 29. Can you swim for more than a few seconds? yes no 30. Can you jump for more than a few seconds? yes no 31. Which of these actions is a continuous action? jump swim 32. Which is an instant action? jump swim 33. Can you use the continuous tense with instant action verbs? yes no 34. Which sentence is wrong? a b a. Billy is jumping up and down on his bed. b. I was coughing and sneezing because I had a cold. 35. Is jump an instant action? yes no 36. Are cough and sneeze instant actions? yes no 37. Did Billy jump one time or many times? 38. Did I cough and sneeze one time or many times? 39. Can you use the continuous tense if the instant action repeats? yes no -72- a. Brenda lives in Kaimuki. b. Brenda is living in Kaimuki. 40. Are both of these sentences correct? yes no 41. Is Brenda planning to move soon? yes no a. Brenda lives with her parents while she looks for an apartment. b. Brenda is living with her parents while she is looking for an apartment. 42. Are both of these sentences correct? yes no 43. Is Brenda planning to move soon? yes no 44. Which of these sentences is correct? a b 45. What is another verb that describes someone s career? a. Dave wants to go to college in Washington. b. Dave is wanting to go to college in Washington. 46. Are both of these sentences correct? yes no 47. Which sentence is correct? a b 48. What kind of verb is want? 49. Do you use the present continuous with non-action verbs? yes no Why is the simple present tense or the present progressive used in these sentences? Write the letter of the correct answer in the blank. a. scientific fact / always true b. frequency c. schedule d. non-action verb e. not changing f. right now g. project h. changing 1. This year, winter vacation starts on Friday, December Shh! The baby is sleeping. 3. International students at MPI take the TOEFL test every fall. 4. Rieko doesn t like to fly. 5. My parents are painting our house this summer. 6. Water turns to ice when the temperature drops below 32 F. 7. I usually bring my lunch to school. 8. My father works for an insurance company. 9. Homeroom begins at 7:55 and ends at 8: Do you remember your first day of school? 11. We are studying the Civil War in history class. 12. English has the largest vocabulary of any language in the world. -73- 13. Your face is getting red. You should put on some sunscreen. 14. Allison never eats meat. She s a vegetarian. 15. Brian is living in the dormitory until he can find an apartment near campus. Write the correct form of the verb in the blank. 1. A: Why Karen (cry)? B: She (watch) a romantic movie. 2. Stephanie (belong) to the anime club. She really (enjoy / watch) anime. 3. Hurry! The bus (come). I (not / want / miss) it. 4. Right now, my parents (do) the dishes, and my sister (wash) her hair. 5. The wind (blow) very hard today. Usually, the breeze (blow) softly. 6. A: How often American college students (order) pizza? B: They usually (get) pizza two or three times a week. 7. A: Where you (stay) while you are here in Hawaii? B: We (stay) at a friend s house. 8. Brianna is a senior at UH. She (major) in Asian History. 9. A: How many babies a green turtle (have) in one year? B: A green turtle (have) about 800 babies a year. 10. Erin (work) at a fast-food restaurant, but she (not / like) it, so she (want / quit). -74- Name: Date: Score: /10 Editing: / Verb Tense: Simple Present vs. Present Continuous Are the following sentences correct or incorrect? If there is a better choice, the answer is no. 1. yes no Susan is jogging in the park every day before dinner. 2. yes no A: Where is Susan? B: She is jogging in the park. 3. yes no Hae-yeun learns English while she is in the U.S. 4. yes no John can t come to the phone right now. He is taking a bath. 5. yes no Americans are eating dinner around 7: yes no The number of people who speak Spanish increases every year in the United States. 7. yes no The moon is revolving around the Earth. 8. yes no A: What is your mother doing? B: She is teaching at an elementary school. 9. yes no Many people in Hawaii believe in ghosts. 10. yes no I m not understanding the answer to number six. Write the correct form of the verb in the blank. 1. A: How often your father (wash) his car? B: He usually (wash) it twice a month. 2. It (get) dark. We should go home now. 3. The sun (shine) and the birds (sing). It s a beautiful day. 4. The Mississippi River (flow) from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. 5. My father (love / make) things with wood. Right now, he (build) a bookshelf for the living room. 6. Right now, we (need / decide) where to have our Christmas party. anyone (have) any ideas? 7. In the U.S., banks (open) at 9:00 and (close) around 7: Jim (make) a web-page for his business. He (spend) two or three hours every day working on it. 9. A: Excuse me. you (know) what time it is? B: I m sorry, but I (not / wear) a watch. -33- 10. A: Jennifer (go) to the beach a lot? B: No. She (like) the beach, but she (not / have) a lot of free time, so she only (go) about once a month. 11. Tuition for college (increase) every year. 12. Summer vacation in the United States (last) about three months. 13. Mr. Jones (teach) high school, but it is summer right now, so he (not / teach). Every day, he (stay) at home and (take) care of his kids while his wife (work) during the day. 14. It s recess, so the children (play) outside on the playground. th 15. The bus from school (leave) at 3:30, after 8 period (finish). Make sentences from the following words. Add or change any necessary words. 1. (Cathy / not / come / school / yesterday / sick) 2. (the sun / rise / the east / set / the west) 3. (Sarah / leave / house / 6:30 / every morning / return / 7:00 / night) 4. (the Smiths / remodel / house / it / take / a long time / so / stay / friend / a few weeks) 5. (Kenji / speak / English / a lot / live / an American family / English / improve / very / quick) -34-
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