Category Archives: The Simple Present Tense

The Simple Past Tense vs The Simple Present Tense: Exercise

Instruction: Decide whether to use the simple present tense or the simple past tense for each verb. 1. The girl (visit) … me very often. She (visit) … me again last night. 2. Marina (go) … to school by bus every morning. This morning she (go) … to school by car. 3. David often (ask) … questions in… Read More »

The Simple Present Tense, The Present Continuous Tense, The Present Perfect Tense, The Present Perfect Continuous Tense: Review Exercise 2

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the simple present tense, the present continuous tense, the present perfect tense, or the present perfect continuous tense. 1. My pet dog Bruno (sleep) … on the floor. He (sleep) … for an hour or so. He (sleep) … for 3 hours every day. I (have) … him for a year. 2.… Read More »

The Simple Present Tense, The Present Continuous Tense, The Present Perfect Tense, The Present Perfect Continuous Tense: Review Exercise 1

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the simple present tense, the present continuous tense, the present perfect tense, or the present perfect continuous tense. 1. Ana has a lot of friends, and she likes to write to them. She (write) … two letters a week. Right now she (write) … a letter to a friend living in Jakarta.… Read More »

Brief Review of the Present Tenses

We have talked about the simple present tense, the present continuous tense, the present perfect tense, and the present perfect continuous tense. Let’s review the four tenses briefly by comparing these four sentences. Each sentence uses the same verb. Maria reads a novel in her spare time –> the simple present tense; it is Maria’s habit to read… Read More »

The Simple Present Tense, The Present Continuous Tense, The Present Perfect Tense: Mixed Exercise

Instruction: Complete each of the following sentences with the correct form of the verb in brackets. 1. A: You (see) … the man and the woman under the tree? B: Yes, I do. A: You (see) … them before? B: No. You? A: Yes, I (see) … them before. They (come) … here every weekend. Look, the man… Read More »

The Simple Present Tense vs The Present Continuous Tense: Mixed exercise

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the simple present tense (eat/eats) or the present continuous tense (is/am/are eating). 1. Right now I (be) … in the living room. I (read) … a novel. I often (read) … a novel in my spare time. 2. Herman (speak) … Indonesian. Indonesian is his mother tongue, but at the moment he… Read More »

Some/Any & The Simple Present Tense: Mixed exercise

Instruction: The following is a story about Betty. Complete the sentences with some/any or the approppriate form of the verb in the brackets. Every Sunday morning Betty … (go) to the market. She (go) … there with … (some/any) of her brothers. She … (not, want) to go there alone. She often … (see) … (some/any) girls in… Read More »