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

By | December 26, 2014

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 (speak) … in English. It’s a second language to him.

3. My mom (like) … cooking very much. But she (not, cook) … at the moment. She (sew) … .That’s what she usually (do) … in her leisure time.

4. Be quite please! My father (sleep) … . He (sleep) … 8 hours a day.

5. It’s 6 p.m. Jack is at home. He (have) … dinner. He always (have) … dinner with his wife around six.

6. Listen! My sister (sing) … in the bathroom. She always (sing) … a song when taking a bath.

7. Barjo: What (you, do) … here, Dan?
Dani: I (repair) … my bike.

8. It’s 7.30 p.m. There (be) … a good movie on TV, but Parto (not, watch) … it. Instead, he (play) … the piano. He (play) … the piano before he (go) … to bed.

9. Look! A dog (chase) … a cat. The cat is frightened. She (climb up) … a tree.

10. A: … Jane (study) … at the library this evening?
B: No, she (fish) … at the river bank with some friends.

11. Bob is at the library. He (sit) … at a table. He (write) … a composition in English. He (use) … a dictionary. The dictionary (belong, not) … to him. It (belong) … to his roommate. Bob (look) … up some words in the dictionary because he (want) … to make sure he (not, misspell) … any words.

12. Right now we are at the beach. We (have) … a good time. We (have) … a beach ball, and we (play) … catch. We really (like) … to play catch. Mom and Dad (sunbathe) … . They (try) … to get a tan. They (listen) … to some music on the radio. They also (hear) … the sound of sea gulls and the sound of the waves.

13. Joko (read) … the morning paper, but he (not, understand) … it. Most of the words are too difficult for him.

14. A: What (you, do) … before you (go) … to bed?
B: I (think) … about all the pleasant things that happen to me. I (not, think) … about my problems.

15. A: Shhhhh.
B: Why? … the baby (sleep) …?
A: Uh-uh. She (take) … an afternoon nap.
B: Okay. I’ll speak softly. I (not, want) … to wake her up.

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