English Grammar Exercises for A2 – Contrast: present simple and present continuous

1. Complete the dialogues with the correct present simple form of the verbs in brackets.

1   A: _________ (you / go) to the gym every day?

     B: No, I ____________ (not go) every day. I ____________ (go) three times a week.

2   A: _________ (Sam / study) at your school?

     B: No, he ____________ (not study) there. He ____________ (study) at a private school.

3   A: Does your mother ____________ (teach) English?

     B: Yes, she does. She also ____________ (teach) French and Spanish. She ____________ (be) very good at languages.

4   A: _________ (your parents / work) in London?

     B: No, they don’t. They both ____________ (work) in Oxford.

5   A: _________ (you / practise) much before you perform a new play?

     B: Yes, we ____________ (practise) for weeks before the first performance, and the director ____________ (make) a lot of changes.

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1 do you go; don’t go; go

2 does sam study; doesn’t; studies

3 teach; teaches; ‘s

do your parents work; work

5 do you practise; practise; makes

2. Complete the voice message with the correct present continuous form of the verbs in brackets.

Hi Steve! It’s Sean. How are things? I hope you are well. 1 _________ (you / have) a good time in Hull? I 2 _________ (call) from grandparents’ house in Cornwall. sister and I 3 _________ (stay) here for a couple of weeks, and we 4 _________ (enjoy) it a lot. I 5 _________ (plan) to study for exams later, but now I 6 _________ (relax). I’m not totally lazy, though – I 7 _________ (run) every morning. Jake and I 8 _________ (think) about spending a month in Spain. Would you like to go with us? Let me know! Well, the sun 9 _________ (shine) so I think I’ll go for a walk. Bye!

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1 are you having   2 ’m calling   3 are staying

4 are enjoying   5 am planning   6 am relaxing

7 am running   8 are thinking   9 is shining

3. Match sentences a-f with the uses of the present tense (1-6).

something that happens regularly

verbs not used in continuous tenses

something happening at this moment

stating a fact or law

something happening around this time

a future plan

I am leaving for London at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

The Earth goes around the sun.

I always play basketball on Saturdays.

They are spending a lot of time together these days.

I need some help with homework.

f   Look outside – it’s snowing!

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1 c   2 e   3 f   4 b   5 d   6 a

4. Complete the sentences with the correct present simple or present continuous form of the verbs in brackets.

1   Josh ____________ at least one point in every game he plays. (score)

2   I ____________ that they will give Kate a place on the team. (believe)

3   Susan ____________ to finish her homework today. (try)

4   dad ____________ Chinese food tonight. (cook)

5   brother loves books. He ____________ a book every week. (read)

6   I ____________ all of old Friends DVDs this week. (watch)

7   Sam ____________ before 7 a.m., even on Sundays. (get up)

8   Look out of the window. A big storm ____________! (come)

9   Lisa usually ____________ video games when she gets home. (play)

10 I ____________ what you’re saying, but I don’t agree with it. (understand)

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1 scores   2 believe   3 is trying   4 is cooking

5 reads   6 ’m watching   7 gets up   8 is coming

9 plays   10 understand

5. Complete the email with the correct present simple or present continuous form of the verbs in brackets.

To: lauren@email.com

Hi Lauren

How 1 _________ (be) everything? I hope you 2 _________ (have) a great time at football camp this week. I 3 _________ (enjoy) summer drama project. Every summer we 4 _________ (put on) a play by Shakespeare, and this year we 5 _________ (work) on A midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a great play because it 6 _________ (have) so many different roles. We 7 _________ (practise) about six hours a day and we’re performing the play in public next week. I 8 _________ (try) very hard to learn lines. I 9 _________ (play) two parts in the play, and sometimes I 10 _________ (forget) which part I’m playing! Anyway, I 11 _________ (believe) it will be a great performance. grandparents 12 _________ (travel) from Leeds next week just to see me in the play. I know you 13 _________ (be) very busy at camp, but I 14 _________ (hope) to hear from you soon.

Take care!


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1 is   2 ’re having   3 ’m enjoying   4 put on

5 ’re working   6 has   7 ’re practising   8 ’m trying

9 ’m playing   10 forget   11 believe   12 are travelling

13 ’re 14 hope