Task 1. Write the verbs in the Present Continuous.
1). “Where are our children? It’s quiet at home”. “They (lie) on the carpet and (draw)”. 2). “What you (do) now?” “I (look for) my key. I can’t open the door”. 3). Listen! Somebody (sing) a lovely song. 4). Why you (put on) the coat? It’s sunny today. 5). Don’t make so much noise. I (try) to work. 6). Why you (cry)? Is something wrong? 7). Let’s go for a walk. It (not rain) now. 8). Why you (not hurry)? I (wait) for you. 9). I don’t speak any foreign language, but I (learn) English now. 10). We (spend) next weekend at home. 11). I (meet) Liz tonight. She (come) from Cork. 12). He (go) to speak to his parents. 13). My Dad (work) overtime this week. 14). They (live) in a rented house these days. 15). I (take) dancing lessons this winter. 16). At the moment we (fly) over the desert. 17). Have some hot tea. It (get) chilly. 18). If we (go), let’s go.
Task 2. Present Simple or Present Continuous?
1). It (often rain) in this part of the world (A. is often raining. B. often rains). 2). Granny is in the kitchen. She (make) a plum-cake (A. is making. B. makes). 3). My wife (often make) plum-cakes (A. is often making. B. often makes). 4). Can you phone a bit later, please? Jane (have) a bath (A. is having. B. has). 5). Run downstairs. Your sister (wait) for you (A. is waiting. B. waits). 6). I don’t know Spanish, but I (learn) it now (A. am learning. B. learn). 7). John (still work) in the garden (A. is still working. B. still works). 8). Dad (usually work) on Saturdays (A. is usually working. B. usually works). 9). Usually I (have coffee) in the morning, but now I (drink) tea (A. am having coffee. B. have coffee. C. drink. D. am drinking). 10). We (sometimes go) to the cinema (A. are sometimes going. B. sometimes go). 11). “What she (do)?” “She is a secretary at our college (A. is she doing. B. she does. C. does she do). 12). Why you (sit) at my desk? Could you take your place, please? (A. Why you are sitting? B. Why do you sit? C. Why are you sitting?). 13). We’ve got tickets, and tomorrow evening we (go) to the cinema (A. go. B. are going). 14). “… you (do) anything tomorrow afternoon?” “I (play) tennis with my friend” (A. Are you doing. B. Do you do. C. am playing. D. play). 15). Now she … difficulty in putting facts in order (A. is having. B. has been having. C. had).
Task 3. Present Simple or Present Continuous? (A ← right. B ← wrong. In the last case correct the sentence).
1). Peter is in his room. He plays the piano. 2). Jill is speaking five languages. 3). I am looking for my glasses. Where are they? 4). I am not understanding what he is speaking about. 5). How long do you plan to stay in the country? 6). The man in the dark grey coat is looking like Tom Smith. 7). He doesn’t like ballroom dancing. 8). I’m looking out of the window, but I’m not seeing him. 9). I am remembering that holiday we had in France a few years ago. 10). How much is it costing to sent a letter to Paris? 11). My parents are never drinking strong coffee. 12). I hate big cities. 13). The play is beginning at half past seven. 14). What are you thinking of that novel? 15). What are you thinking about? 16). I am hoping he comes out of hospital soon. 17). You’re going to be late. 18). I’m afraid I’m not following you. 19). What are you doing here? 20). Who does he look at?
Task 4. Here are the some sentences taken from real conversations. Put the beginnings and ends together.
Beginnings: 1). Dad is always teasing me. 2). He’s always arguing. 3). He’s always giving people. 4). I hate those cartoons. 5). Jamie is always having colds. 6). My wife’s always buying. 7). She’s always criticizing. 8). She’s always saying.
Ends: - about my clothes; - and chest problems; - her family; - new products; - or fighting; - she wishes she was prettier; - small present; - where Tom is always chasing Jerry.