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Test on Simple Present 1
Test your knowledge on the simple present. After submitting your answers, you will see how well you have done in the test.
Form of Affirmative Sentences - Part 1
Choose the correct form.
- We sometimes read reads books.
- Emily go goes to the disco.
- It often rain rains on Sundays.
- Pete and his sister wash washes the family car.
- I always hurry hurries to the bus stop.
Form of Affirmative Sentences - Part 2
Put the verbs into the correct form.
- I (to like) lemonade very much.
- The girls always (to listen) to pop music.
- Janet never (to wear) jeans.
- Mr Smith (to teach) Spanish and French.
- You (to do) your homework after school.
Simple present with 'have' and 'be'
Fill in the correct form of the verbs.
- We (to have) a nice garden.
- She (to be) six years old.
- Simon (to have) two rabbits and five goldfish.
- I (to be) from Vienna, Austria.
- They (to be) Sandy's parents.
Make negative sentences.
- My father makes breakfast. →
- They are eleven. →
- She writes a letter. →
- I speak Italian. →
- Danny phones his father on Sundays. →
- you / to speak / English →
- when / he / to go / home →
- they / to clean / the bathroom →
- where / she / to ride / her bike →
- Billy / to work / in the supermarket →
Find the signal words for simple present.
- Which is a signal word for simple present? now last Monday often
- Which is a signal word for simple present? sometimes at the moment yesterday
- Which is a signal word for simple present? last Friday every Friday next Friday
- Which is not a signal word for simple present? never already usually
- Which is not a signal word for simple present? Listen! first ... then ... seldom
Before submitting the test, check the following:
- Got the spelling right?
- Put in the full stop or question mark where required?
- Used the correct key to type the apostrophe (Shift and #)?
In the test we cannot give you a second try. Such careless mistakes would therefore cost you valuable points.
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Sentences and questions in the Simple Present – Exercise 1
Task no. 4039.
Put in the verbs in brackets into the gaps. Use Simple Present . Watch the punctuation and form sentences or questions.
she books? (to read)
Does she read books?
Do you need help?
- They hockey at school. (to play)
- She e-mails. (not/to write)
- you English? (to speak)
- My parents fish. (not/to like)
- Anne any hobbies? (to have)
- Andy's brother in an office. (to work)
- Leroy very fast. (can/not/to read)
- Jim and Joe the flowers every week? (to water)
- Yvonne's mother a motorbike. (not/to ride)
- Elisabeth cola? (to drink)
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Simple Present Tense Exercises
Tenses are among the basic English grammar topics that all learners have to learn thoroughly and use flawlessly. In order to make this possible, you will have to work out as many exercises as possible and make use of it in your everyday conversations. This article has some simple present tense exercises you can try out to check your understanding of the tense.
Simple Tenses Exercises with Answers
Complete the following exercises and check your answers when done.
Exercise 1 – Fill in the blanks with the simple present tense form of the verbs given in brackets
- The Principal ____ to speak to Raj. (want)
- The Earth ____ around the Sun. (revolve)
- The baby ___ all day. (cry)
- The flight ____ at 8 o’clock in the morning. (leave)
- What ____ so good? (smell)
- Hema ___ badminton every evening. (play)
- Tony ___ to guitar lessons every Sunday. (go)
- If it ___ today, we will get stuck. (rain)
- The nurse ____ of my grandfather. (take care)
- There ___ the topper of our school. (come)
- I ___ up at 7:00 a.m. every day. (get)
- Amy rarely ___ her room. (leave)
- Cows ___ us milk. (give)
- My granny ___ delicious lasagne. (cook)
- The birds ___ all day long. (chirp)
- The boys ___ hard to get good grades. (study)
- The teacher ____ the parents today. (meet)
- The movie ____ within a few minutes. (start)
- The fluffy clouds ___ around. (move)
- The dogs ___ at night. (bark)
Answers for Exercise 1
Exercise 2 – identify the verbs and change them into the simple present tense.
Go through the given passage and change the tense of the verbs into the simple present tense.
Sam’s mother got up at 6 o’clock in the morning. After that, she got fresh and took a shower. Then she prepared breakfast for all of them. She worked very hard to sustain the family. Every day, she went down to the market and sold fruits and vegetables. This way, she earned money for the family and sent her children to school.
Answers for Exercise 2
Sam’s mother gets up at 6 o’clock in the morning. After that, she gets fresh and takes a shower. Then she prepares breakfast for all of them. She works very hard to sustain the family. Every day, she goes down to the market and sells fruits and vegetables. This way, she earns money for the family and sends her children to school.
Frequently Asked Questions on Simple Present Tense Exercises
When is a simple present tense used.
The simple present tense is used to express general statements, universal truths, habits or even quotations from any text.
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Daisy is chatting to her brother Oliver, and his best mate Alfie, about her new boyfriend. Daisy and Oliver’s mum is working in Thailand this week.
As you watch the video, look at the examples of the present simple. They are in red in the subtitles. Then read the conversation below to learn more. Finally, do the grammar exercises to check you understand, and can use, the present simple tense.
Alfie: So, how’s it going with Jack? Daisy: Not great. I mean, I like him a lot, but it’s impossible! During the week I have swimming practice on Mondays, I do taekwondo on Tuesdays and tennis on Thursdays. Alfie: Do you see him on Wednesdays, then? Daisy: No, he watches black and white films at his cinema club on Wednesdays. Oliver: Yeah, and they’re not just really old films, Alfie, they watch foreign ones with subtitles too! Alfie: Well, there’s always the weekend. Do you go out together at the weekends? Daisy: That’s just it, it’s tricky. He works in the bookshop all day Saturday and he goes out with his mates from the book club on Saturday evenings. Alfie: Whoa! Book club? So, he loves old films and books!? Mmm ... Does he like sports? Daisy: Not really. He thinks chess is a sport! Well, he watches football on the telly sometimes, but he doesn’t play any sports. Alfie: Mmm ... I think you’re right. It’s impossible! Daisy: Right, I’m late. See you later. Alfie and Oliver: See you, Daisy.
Sophie: Hi, love. Oliver: All right, Mum? Sophie: Yeah, I’m fine. Oliver: Good trip? Sophie: Not bad, but Thailand’s really hot at this time of year. I’m off to Chiang Mai tomorrow to do a three-day trek. The train leaves at 5 in the morning. How’s Daisy? Is she with you? Oliver: No, she has tennis on Thursdays. Sophie: Ah, of course. No problem. Listen, ask Daisy to phone me later, OK? The number of the hotel is on the fridge and I’m in room 37. Oliver: All right, Mum. Speak later. Watch out for the snakes! Sophie: Thanks, Ollie! Bye, love. See you Sunday. Alfie: Is your mum in Thailand this week? Oliver: Yeah. Trekking in Chiang Mai for three days. Alfie: Wow – that beats going to college. Imagine, three days in the jungle! I can’t imagine my mum doing that. Cool. Does she like walking? Oliver: No, not really. Only if it’s to go shopping on the high street! Alfie: See you tomorrow. Oliver: Yeah, see you tomorrow.
We use the present simple to talk about repeated actions or events, permanent states or things which are always true. To find out more about the present simple, read and listen to the conversation below.
Can you give me some examples?
Yes, of course. We use the present simple to talk about things which are repeated every day, every week, every year, etc.
I usually get up at 7 o'clock. During the week I have swimming practice on Mondays, I do taekwondo on Tuesdays and tennis on Thursdays. We always go on holiday in the summer.
I see. And you use words for explaining more about the time too.
Yes, we often use adverbs of frequency sometimes , often , usually or other time expressions like on Mondays , twice a week or in the summer .
What about permanent states? What does that mean?
Permanent states are situations or feelings which are not temporary.
I like him a lot. Sophie works as a travel writer. They live in London.
We also use the present simple for general facts, for example when talking about science or geography.
Thailand is really hot at this time of year. Snakes live on the ground, in trees and in water.
So what do I need to know about forming the present simple?
The main thing is that the third person singular forms end in - s or - es . That's for he , she or it .
He watches black and white films at his cinema club on Wednesdays. He thinks chess is a sport!
OK, and the other forms don't end in - s or - es ? I watch TV a lot . We think Coldplay are boring .
What about questions and negatives?
For most verbs we use the present simple of the verb do/does + subject + infinitive without to to form questions.
Do you see him on Wednesdays then? Does Jack like sports?
For negatives we use the subject + do/does + not + infinitive without to .
Daisy and Jack don't go out together much at the weekend. I don't think Coldplay are boring.
To go back to the idea of permanent and temporary things, what about this sentence: Is your mum in Thailand this week? Isn't that temporary?
Yes, it is. That's a very good point. Normally we use the present simple for permanent states, and the present continuous for temporary states, but some verbs are thought of as State Verbs and they are not usually used in the continuous form.
And the verb to be is one of those verbs?
Exactly! So even though staying in Thailand is temporary, we use the present simple with the verb to be . Here's another example:
How' s Daisy? Is she with you?
But that isn't the question form you just told me about! Where's the do ?
Ah, no. I said 'for most verbs we use do in questions'. The verb to be is different and so are modal verbs like can . We'll look at the verb to be separately because it's different and very common.
What are the other state verbs?
We'll look at those when we look at the Present Continuous. Any more questions?
Yes, what about: The train leaves at 5 in the morning? Isn't that talking about an event in the future?
Yes, it is, but it's also a repeated event. This is sometimes called the 'timetable future'.
OK, I have a maths class in a minute, so I have to go.
Good use of the 'timetable future'! Bye!
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We use the present simple to express habits, facts, thoughts and feelings . It is also used with general statements and actions that are repeated. It is formed with the base form of the verb, except the third person singular where you have to add an "s".
Key words: often, always, never, every day, month,..., usually, sometimes, generally, normally, rarely, seldom, whenever, on Mondays, Tuesdays,...
Present Simple Statements
Present simple negation.
Present Simple Questions
Present simple - Exercise 1
Present simple - Exercise 2
Present simple - Exercise 3
Present simple - Exercise 4
Present simple - Exercise 5
Present simple - Exercise 6
Present simple negation - Exercise 1 - full verbs and forms of to be
Present simple negation - Exercise 2 - don't / doesn't + verb
Present simple negation - Exercise 3 - full verbs, forms of to be, can
Present simple negation - Exercise 4 - full verbs, forms of to be, can
Present simple negation - Exercise 5 - fill in don't or doesn't
Present simple negation - Exercise 6 - change the positive sentences
Present simple - grammar test
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