English Grammar Exercises for A1 – Present simple (affirmative)

1. Complete the descriptions using the present simple affirmative form of the verbs in brackets. Can you match each description with a TV show below?

3rd Rock from the Sun     Friends     How I Met Your Mother

The Simpsons     Two and a Half Men

1 3rd Rock from the Sun

      Dick Solomon and his family are not really humans: they ________ (come) from another part of the universe. But they ________ (live) on Earth and ________ (study) humans. Dick ________ (teach) at a university.

2 _____

     The children ________ (go) to Springfield Elementary School and their father ________ (work) at a nuclear power plant.

3 _____

     Two friends, Joey and Chandler, ________ (share) an apartment. Rachel and Monica ________ (live) in the same block. Monica’s brother Ross often ________ (visit) them.

4 _____

     Ted Mosby ________ (live) in Manhattan. He ________ (go) out with lots of friends, but he only ________ (meet) his wife in the final series.

5 _____

     Charlie Harper ________ (live) in Malibu. His brother, Alan, ________ (come) to live with him and Alan’s son ________ (visit) at weekends.

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1 come, live, study, teaches  

2 The Simpsons: go, works

3 Friends: share, live, visits

4 How I Met Your Mother: lives, goes, meets

5 Two and a Half Men: lives, comes, visits

2. Write the third person singular forms of the verbs below.

enjoy ________

have ________

finish ________

study ________

know ________

go ________

use ________

watch ________

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1 enjoys   2 has   3 finishes   4 studies   5 knows

6 goes   7 uses   8 watches

3. Complete the sentences with the third person singular forms from exercise 2.

1 uncle is from Paris and he ________ the city really well.

2 brother ________ to a music club every Monday.

3 little sister ________ a computer for her homework.

4 This lesson ________ at 3.05 p.m.

5 grandad ________ TV every evening.

6 cousin ________ piano lessons every weekend.

7 Our dog really ________ his walks.

8 best friend ________ at university in Istanbul.

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1 knows   2 goes   3 uses   4 finishes   5 watches

6 has   7 enjoys   8 studies

4. Complete the information with the present simple affirmative forms of the verbs in brackets.

1 I ________ (live) in Montreal with family. We ________ (speak) French at school, but I ________ (speak) English at home with family. mum ________ (work) in a shop and dad ________ (play) the guitar in a band.

2 I’m from Miami, Florida. I ________ (live) with parents and three brothers. grandma ________ (live) in the same street. She ________ (visit) us every day. She ________ (speak) Spanish.

3 I ________ (live) in Perth, in Australia. In the summer, I ________ (go) to the beach every day and I ________ (swim) in the sea. brother ________ (love) sport. He ________ (play) cricket for Western Australia juniors.

4 family and I ________ (live) in Aberdeen, in Scotland. We ________ (speak) English – but grandad ________ (know) Gaelic too. I ________ (play) the violin in a folk bank and sister ________ (sing). She ________ (dance) too!

5 I ________ (live) in Dublin, in Ireland. School ________ (finish) at three o’clock every day. After school, I ________ (ride) bike or I ________ (skateboard). Then I ________ (have) dinner with mum. dad ________ (work) in a hotel. He ________ (have) dinner at work.

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live, speak, speak, works, plays

2 live, lives, visits, speaks

live, go, swim, loves, plays

4 live, speak, knows, play, sings, dances

5 live, finishes, ride, skateboard, have, works, has

5. Write a short message about yourself like the ones in exercise 4. Use verbs from this page.

_____________

_____________

_____________

_____________

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your own answers

6. Complete the text with the correct present simple affirmative form of the verbs below.

come     go     help     like     live     rain     see     speak     stay     win

best friend is David. He 1 _____ in the same block of flats as me, but he 2 _____ to a different school. We 3 _____ each other most weekends. We both 4 _____ football, so we often go to the park to play. When it 5 _____, we 6 _____ at home. David sometimes 7 _____ to house, but I usually go to his. We like playing video games together, and I usually 8 _____! David’s mum is from London, so he and his brother 9 _____ very good English. He often 10 _____ me with English homework.

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1 lives   2 goes   3 see   4 like   5 rains   6 stay

7 comes   8 win   9 speak   10 helps