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The present continuous tense



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The simple present tense

1. Read the following in the third person singular

1. They wish to speak to you. (He)

2. Buses pass my house every hour.

3. They help their father. (He)

4. We change planes at Heathrow.

5. You watch too much TV. (He)

6. They worry too much. (He)

7. I cash a cheque every month. (He)

8. I always carry an umbrella. (She)

9. They wash the floor every week. (She)

10. His sons go to the local school.

11. These seats cost £10.

12. Elephants never forget.

13. They usually catch the 8.10 bus.

14. They sometimes miss the bus.

15. I mix the ingredients together.

16. The rivers freeze in winter.

17. They fly from London to Edinburgh.

18. The carpets match the curtains.

19. They realize the danger.

20. I use a computer.

21. They do nothing. They lie in bed all day.

22. The boys hurry home after school.

23. They kiss their mother.

24. They dress well.

25. Your children rely on you.

26. You fry everything.

27. The taxes rise every year.

28. They do exercises every morning.

29. Do you like boiled eggs? (He)

30. What do they do on their days off?

2. Read the following (a) in the negative (b) in the interrogative

1. You know the answer.

2. He has breakfast at 8.00.

3. He loves her.

4. Some schoolgirls wear uniforms.

5. He trusts you.

6. He tries hard.

7. The park closes at dusk.

8. He misses his mother.

9. The children like sweets.

10. He finishes work at 6.00.

11. He lives beside the sea.

12. He bullies his sisters.

13. This stove heats the water.

14. She has a cooked breakfast.

15. She carries a sleeping bag.

16. He usually believes you.

17. She dances in competitions.

18. You remember the address.

19. She plays chess very well.

20. He worries about her.

21. These thieves work at night.

22. He leaves home at 8.00 every day.

23. Ann arranges everything.

24. She agrees with you.

25. Their dogs bark all night.

26. Their neighbours often complain.

27. Tom enjoys driving at night.

28. He engages new staff every spring.

29. Tom looks very well.

30. They sell fresh grape juice here.

31. She cuts her husband's hair.

32. They pick the apples in October.

33. The last train leaves at midnight.

34. He relaxes at weekends.

35. She refuses to discuss it.

 

The simple past tense

3. Put the verbs in the following sentences into the simple past tense.

1. I go to work by bus.

2. I meet her on Tuesdays.

3. He always wears black.

4. I make cakes every week.

5. She gets up at 6.30.

6. He understands me.

7. He shuts the shop at 6.00.

8. She speaks slowly.

9. He leaves the house at 9.00.

10. I read a chapter every night.

11. You eat too much.

12. I see him every day.

13. He cries when he is hurt.

14. Who knows the answer?

15. I think I know it.

16. He takes the dog out twice a day.

17. We buy them here.

18. I dream every night.

19. He often feels ill.

20. I know what he wants.

21. I usually pay him £5.

22. His dog always bites me.

23. It costs 30p.

24. My back hurts.

25. We drink water.

26. His roses grow well.

27. He rides every day.

28. He often falls off.

29. He puts up his prices every year.

30. He sleeps badly.

4. Put the verbs in the following sentences into (a) the negative (b) the interrogative.

1. She saw your brother.

2. We heard a terrible noise.

3. He slept till 10.00.

4. He looked at the picture.

5. They drank all the wine.

6. They set out early enough.

7. She thought about it.

8. The police caught the thief.

9. He hid the letter.

10. She found her watch.

11. His nose bled.

12. My mother chose this hotel.

13. She lent you enough money.

14. Keiko taught Japanese.

15. Tom hurt his foot.

16. He broke his arm.

17. His wife came at 8.00.

18. He lost his wallet.

19. His son wrote a novel.

20. They flew to New York.

21. Ann drew you a map.

22. Tom laid the table.

23. Mr Pitt fell downstairs.

24. She lost her way.

25. He forbade her to leave.

26. I sent it to the laundry.

27. Jack kept the money.

28. He rode slowly.

29. They spent it all.

30. She sold the car.

31. Jean rang the bell.

32. The sun rose at 6.00.

33. The boys ran home.

34. He shook the bottle.

35. He forgave her.

 

5. Make the sentences (a) negative and (b) interrogative, using do/does/did.

1. They have eggs for breakfast.

2. He needs a new coat.

3. He used to sell fruit.

4. They have to work hard.

5. She does the housework.

6. He needs more money.

7. He had a row with his boss.

8. She had a heart attack.

9. Her hair needed cutting.

10. He does his homework after supper.

11. She has a singing lesson every week.

12. He does his best.

13. He has to get up at six every day.

14. The children have dinner at school.

15. She dared him to climb it.

16. You did it on purpose.

17. He dares to say that!

18. They had a good time.

19. The drink did him good.

20. My watch needs cleaning.

21. He had an accident.

22. You had your house painted.

23. She used to make her own clothes.

24. You do the exercises.

25. He had difficulty (in) getting a job.

 

The future simple tense

6. Put the verbs in brackets into the future simple.

1. I (know) the result in a week.

2. You (be) in Rome tonight.

3. You (be) able to drive after another five lessons.

4. Do you think that he (recognize) me?

5. Unless he runs he (not catch) the train.

6. He (lend) it to you if you ask him.

7. I hope I (find) it.

8. He (believe) whatever you tell him.

9. I (remember) this day all my life.

10. Perhaps he (arrive) in time for lunch.

11. If he works well I (pay) him £10.

12. I wonder how many of us still (be) here next year.

13. If you think it over you (see) that I am right.

14. If you learn another language you (get) a better job.

15. I am sure that you (like) our new house.

16. Newspaper announcement: The President (drive) along the High Street in an open carriage.

17. You (need) a visa if you are going to Spain.

18. You (feel) better when you've had a meal.

19. She (have) £1000 a year when she is twenty-one.

20. If you put any more polish on that floor someone (slip) on it.

21. I wonder if he (succeed).

22. I hope he (remember) to buy wine.

23. If you leave your roller skates on the path someone (fall) over them.

24. If they fall over them and hurt themselves they (sue) you.

25. If you want twenty cigarettes you (have) to give me more money.

26. Notice: The management (not be) responsible for articles left on the seats.

27. If I drop this it (explode).

28. You (have) time to help me tomorrow?

29. It (matter) if I don't come home till morning?

30. He (mind) if I bring my dog?

 

The simple past and the past continuous

10. Put the verbs in brackets into the simple past or the past continuous tense.

1. I lit the fire at 6.00 and it (burn) brightly when Tom came in at 7.00.

2. When I arrived the lecture had already started and the professor (write) on the overhead projector.

3. I (make) a cake when the light went out. I had to finish it in the dark.

4. Unfortunately when I arrived Ann just (leave), so we only had time for a few words.

5. He (watch) TV when the phone rang. Very unwillingly he (turn) down the sound and (go) to answer it.

6. He was very polite. Whenever his wife entered the room he (stand) up.

7. My dog (walk) along quietly when Mr Pitt's Pekinese attacked him.

8. What you (think) of his last book? ~ I (like) it very much.

9. He suddenly (realize) that he (travel) in the wrong direction.

10. He (play) the guitar outside her house when someone opened the window and (throw) out a bucket of water.

11. I just (open) the letter when the wind (blow) it out of my hand.

12. When I (look) for my passport I (find) this old photograph.

13. The boys (play) cards when they (hear) their father's step. They immediately (hide) the cards and (take) out their lesson books.

14. He (clean) his gun when it accidentally (go) off and (kill) him.

15. As I (cross) the road I (step) on a banana skin and (fall) heavily.

16. I still (lie) on the road when I (see) a lorry approaching.

17. Luckily the driver (see) me and (stop) the lorry in time.

18. When I (hear) his knock I (go) to the door and (open) it, but I (not recognize) him at first because I (not wear) my glasses.

19. While the guests (dance) thieves (break) into the house and (steal) a lot of fur coats.

20. The next day, as they (know) that the police (look) for them, they (hide) the coats in a wood and (go) off in different directions.

The present perfect tense

13. Put the verbs in brackets into the present perfect tense, and fill the spaces by repeating the auxiliary.

1. Where you (be)? ~ I (be) to the dentist.

2. You (have) breakfast? ~ Yes, I …

3. The post (come)? ~ Yes, it …

4. You (see) my watch anywhere? ~ No, I'm afraid I …

5. I (not finish) my letter yet.

6. He just (go) out.

7. Someone (take) my bicycle.

8. The phone (stop) ringing.

9. You (hear) from her lately? - No, I …

10. I just (wash) that floor.

11. The cat (steal) the fish.

12. There aren't any buses because the drivers (go) on strike.

13. Charles (pass) his exam? ~ Yes, he …

14. How many bottles the milkman (leave)? ~ He (leave) six.

15. I (live) here for ten years.

16. How long you (know) Mr Pitt? ~ I (know) him for ten years.

17. Would you like some coffee? I just (make) some.

18. Mary (water) the tomatoes? ~ Yes, I think she …

19. You ever (leave) a restaurant without paying the bill? ~ No, I …

20. I (ask) him to dinner several times.

21. He always (refuse).

22. You ever (ride) a camel?

23. I (buy) a new carpet. Come and look at it.

24. He (post) the letter?

25. I often (see) him but I never (speak) to him.

26. You ever (eat) caviar? ~ No, I …

27. We just (hear) the most extraordinary news.

28. I (not pay) the telephone bill yet.

 

The future perfect tense

15. Put the verbs in brackets into the future perfect tense.

1. In a fortnight's time we (take) our exam.

2. I (finish) this book by tomorrow evening.

3. By this time tomorrow we (have) our injections.

4. By the end of next year I (be) here twenty-five years.

5. I'll still be here next summer but Tom (leave).

6. I (finish) this job in twenty minutes.

7. By next winter they (build) four houses in that field.

8. At the rate he is going he (spend) all his money by the time he is twenty-one.

9. By this time next year I (save) £250.

10. By the time we get to the party everything (be) eaten.

11. The train (leave) before we reach the station.

12. If I continue with my diet I (lose) 10 kilos by the end of the month.

13. By the end of my university course I (attend) 1,200 lectures.

14. By the end of this week my illness (cost) me £100.

15. By the time that he leaves school his parents (spend) £25,000 on his education.

16. By the end of the term I (read) all twelve volumes.

17. When you come back I (finish) all the housework.

18. The police (hear) of the theft by this time.

19. We (drink) all that wine by the end of the year.

20. On the fourth of next month he (be) in prison for ten years.

21. At this rate you (break) all the wine glasses by the end of the month.

22. If we don't hurry the sun (rise) before we reach the top.

23. I'm going to Hyde Park to hear the people making speeches. ~ You'll be too late. By the time you get there they (finish) their speeches and everybody (go) home.

24. By midnight he (be) unconscious for forty-eight hours.

25. By the end of the month 5,000 people (see) this exhibition.

26. I suppose that when I come back in ten years' time all these old houses (be) pulled down.

27. On 21 October they (be) married for twenty-five years.

28. After this performance I (see) Hamlet twenty-two times.

29. The strike leader said, 'By midnight 500 men (come) out on strike.'

30. At your present rate you (burn) all that coal by the end of the month,

31. The treasurer said, 'By the end of the year all our debts (be paid) off.'

32. Tourist: We've only got five hours in Rome; we are leaving but I'm sure that we (see) everything of importance by then.

33. Householder to Zoo official: One of your elephants is in my garden eating my tomatoes.

34. Zoo official: The elephant keeper will be with you in half an hour.

35. Householder: Your elephant (eat) all my tomatoes by then.

Future forms

Passive Voice

20. Active to passive. Put the following into the passive voice.

1. You should open the wine about three hours before you use it.

2. Previous climbers had cut steps in the ice.

3. Somebody had cleaned my shoes and brushed my suit.

4. We use this room only on special occasions.

5. You must not hammer nails into the walls without permission.

6. Someone switched on a light and opened the door.

7. Somebody had slashed the picture with a knife.

8. They are pulling down the old theatre.

9. Why didn't they mend the roof before it fell in?

10. The police asked each of us about his movements on the night of the crime.

11. Someone will serve refreshments.

12. People must not leave bicycles in the hall.

13. Members may keep books for three weeks. After that they must return them.

14. The burglars had cut an enormous hole in the steel door.

15. I've bought a harp. They are delivering it this afternoon. (Do not change the first sentence.)

16. Someone has already told him to report for duty at six.

17. They rang the church bells as a flood warning.

18. No one can do anything unless someone gives us more information.

19. People are spending far more money on food now than they spent ten years ago.

20. The organizers will exhibit the paintings till the end of the month.

21. They will say nothing more about the matter if someone returns the stolen gun.

22. It is high time someone told him to stop behaving like a child.

23. A thief stole my dog and brought him back only when I offered £20 reward for him.

24. The judge gave him two weeks in which to pay the fine.

25. They make these artificial flowers of silk.

Indirect speech

Indirect speech: statements

21. Put the following into indirect speech.

1. ‘I have something to show you,' I said to her.

2. 'Nothing grows in my garden. It never gets any sun,' she said.

3. ‘I'm going away tomorrow, mother,' he said.

4. ‘I've been in London for a month but so far I haven't had time to visit the Tower,' said Rupert.

5. ‘It isn't so foggy today as it was yesterday,' I remarked.

6. ‘'The new underpass is being officially opened the day after tomorrow, 'said the BBC announcer.

7. 'We have moved into our new flat. We don't like it nearly so much as our last one,' said my aunt.

8. 'We have a lift but very often it doesn't work,' they said.

9. 'From one of the windows of my flat I can see the Eiffel Tower,' he said.

10. ‘I've no idea what the time is but I'll dial 8081 and find out,' said his daughter.

11. He said, 'My wife has just been made a judge.'

12. ‘I'll come with you as soon as I am ready,' she replied.

13. ‘I have a German lesson this afternoon and I haven't done my homework yet,' said the small boy.

14. ‘If you let the iron get too hot you will scorch your clothes,' I warned her.

15. ‘'You haven't given me quite enough. The bill is for £14 and you've paid me only £13,' he pointed out.

16. Ann said, 'Englishmen make good husbands because they are nearly always willing to help in the house.'

17. Mary answered, ‘I like men to be useful but I don't like them to be too domesticated. I‘d prefer them to keep out of the kitchen altogether. Men look silly in aprons anyway.'

18. Motoring report: The new Rolls Royce runs so quietly that all you can hear is the ticking of the clock.

19. Managing director of the Rolls Royce company: In that case we'll have to do

20. something about the clock.

21. ‘I don't know what to do with all my plums. I suppose I'll have to make jam. The trouble is that none of us eats jam,' she said.

22. 'We like working on Sundays because we get double pay,' explained the builders.

23. He said, ‘I am quite a good cook and I do all my own washing and mending too.'

24. 'You can keep that one if you like, Joan,' he said. I've got plenty of others.'

25. ‘I'm going fishing with mother this afternoon,' said the small boy, 'and we are going into the garden now to dig for worms.' (Omit now).

26. 'You've got my umbrella,' I said crossly. 'Yours is in your bedroom.'

27. I know exactly what they said,' the private detective explained to his client, 'because I bugged their phone.'

28. ‘I'll sit up till she comes in, but I hope she won't be late,' he said.

29. ‘If you give me some wire, I'll hang that picture for you,' said my cousin.

30. ‘I have a Turkish bath occasionally, but it doesn't seem to make any difference to my weight,' she said.

31. ‘This is quite a good model, madam. I use one of these myself,' said the salesman.

32. 'My new house is supposed to be haunted, but so far I haven't seen any ghosts,' she said.

33. The advertisement said, If you answer the questions correctly you may win £100.'

34. ‘If I press my ear against the wall, I can hear what the people in the next flat are saying,' he said.

35. 'The mirror is there so that you can see yourself when you are dancing,' the instructress told him.

Indirect speech: questions

22. Put the following into indirect speech.

The first ten questions require no change of order:

He said, 'What is happening? – He asked what was happening.

You can read the last twenty questions, using one of the following prefaces:

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The simple present tense

1. Read the following in the third person singular

1. They wish to speak to you. (He)

2. Buses pass my house every hour.

3. They help their father. (He)

4. We change planes at Heathrow.

5. You watch too much TV. (He)

6. They worry too much. (He)

7. I cash a cheque every month. (He)

8. I always carry an umbrella. (She)

9. They wash the floor every week. (She)

10. His sons go to the local school.

11. These seats cost £10.

12. Elephants never forget.

13. They usually catch the 8.10 bus.

14. They sometimes miss the bus.

15. I mix the ingredients together.

16. The rivers freeze in winter.

17. They fly from London to Edinburgh.

18. The carpets match the curtains.

19. They realize the danger.

20. I use a computer.

21. They do nothing. They lie in bed all day.

22. The boys hurry home after school.

23. They kiss their mother.

24. They dress well.

25. Your children rely on you.

26. You fry everything.

27. The taxes rise every year.

28. They do exercises every morning.

29. Do you like boiled eggs? (He)

30. What do they do on their days off?

2. Read the following (a) in the negative (b) in the interrogative

1. You know the answer.

2. He has breakfast at 8.00.

3. He loves her.

4. Some schoolgirls wear uniforms.

5. He trusts you.

6. He tries hard.

7. The park closes at dusk.

8. He misses his mother.

9. The children like sweets.

10. He finishes work at 6.00.

11. He lives beside the sea.

12. He bullies his sisters.

13. This stove heats the water.

14. She has a cooked breakfast.

15. She carries a sleeping bag.

16. He usually believes you.

17. She dances in competitions.

18. You remember the address.

19. She plays chess very well.

20. He worries about her.

21. These thieves work at night.

22. He leaves home at 8.00 every day.

23. Ann arranges everything.

24. She agrees with you.

25. Their dogs bark all night.

26. Their neighbours often complain.

27. Tom enjoys driving at night.

28. He engages new staff every spring.

29. Tom looks very well.

30. They sell fresh grape juice here.

31. She cuts her husband's hair.

32. They pick the apples in October.

33. The last train leaves at midnight.

34. He relaxes at weekends.

35. She refuses to discuss it.

 

The simple past tense

3. Put the verbs in the following sentences into the simple past tense.

1. I go to work by bus.

2. I meet her on Tuesdays.

3. He always wears black.

4. I make cakes every week.

5. She gets up at 6.30.

6. He understands me.

7. He shuts the shop at 6.00.

8. She speaks slowly.

9. He leaves the house at 9.00.

10. I read a chapter every night.

11. You eat too much.

12. I see him every day.

13. He cries when he is hurt.

14. Who knows the answer?

15. I think I know it.

16. He takes the dog out twice a day.

17. We buy them here.

18. I dream every night.

19. He often feels ill.

20. I know what he wants.

21. I usually pay him £5.

22. His dog always bites me.

23. It costs 30p.

24. My back hurts.

25. We drink water.

26. His roses grow well.

27. He rides every day.

28. He often falls off.

29. He puts up his prices every year.

30. He sleeps badly.

4. Put the verbs in the following sentences into (a) the negative (b) the interrogative.

1. She saw your brother.

2. We heard a terrible noise.

3. He slept till 10.00.

4. He looked at the picture.

5. They drank all the wine.

6. They set out early enough.

7. She thought about it.

8. The police caught the thief.

9. He hid the letter.

10. She found her watch.

11. His nose bled.

12. My mother chose this hotel.

13. She lent you enough money.

14. Keiko taught Japanese.

15. Tom hurt his foot.

16. He broke his arm.

17. His wife came at 8.00.

18. He lost his wallet.

19. His son wrote a novel.

20. They flew to New York.

21. Ann drew you a map.

22. Tom laid the table.

23. Mr Pitt fell downstairs.

24. She lost her way.

25. He forbade her to leave.

26. I sent it to the laundry.

27. Jack kept the money.

28. He rode slowly.

29. They spent it all.

30. She sold the car.

31. Jean rang the bell.

32. The sun rose at 6.00.

33. The boys ran home.

34. He shook the bottle.

35. He forgave her.

 

5. Make the sentences (a) negative and (b) interrogative, using do/does/did.

1. They have eggs for breakfast.

2. He needs a new coat.

3. He used to sell fruit.

4. They have to work hard.

5. She does the housework.

6. He needs more money.

7. He had a row with his boss.

8. She had a heart attack.

9. Her hair needed cutting.

10. He does his homework after supper.

11. She has a singing lesson every week.

12. He does his best.

13. He has to get up at six every day.

14. The children have dinner at school.

15. She dared him to climb it.

16. You did it on purpose.

17. He dares to say that!

18. They had a good time.

19. The drink did him good.

20. My watch needs cleaning.

21. He had an accident.

22. You had your house painted.

23. She used to make her own clothes.

24. You do the exercises.

25. He had difficulty (in) getting a job.

 

The future simple tense

6. Put the verbs in brackets into the future simple.

1. I (know) the result in a week.

2. You (be) in Rome tonight.

3. You (be) able to drive after another five lessons.

4. Do you think that he (recognize) me?

5. Unless he runs he (not catch) the train.

6. He (lend) it to you if you ask him.

7. I hope I (find) it.

8. He (believe) whatever you tell him.

9. I (remember) this day all my life.

10. Perhaps he (arrive) in time for lunch.

11. If he works well I (pay) him £10.

12. I wonder how many of us still (be) here next year.

13. If you think it over you (see) that I am right.

14. If you learn another language you (get) a better job.

15. I am sure that you (like) our new house.

16. Newspaper announcement: The President (drive) along the High Street in an open carriage.

17. You (need) a visa if you are going to Spain.

18. You (feel) better when you've had a meal.

19. She (have) £1000 a year when she is twenty-one.

20. If you put any more polish on that floor someone (slip) on it.

21. I wonder if he (succeed).

22. I hope he (remember) to buy wine.

23. If you leave your roller skates on the path someone (fall) over them.

24. If they fall over them and hurt themselves they (sue) you.

25. If you want twenty cigarettes you (have) to give me more money.

26. Notice: The management (not be) responsible for articles left on the seats.

27. If I drop this it (explode).

28. You (have) time to help me tomorrow?

29. It (matter) if I don't come home till morning?

30. He (mind) if I bring my dog?

 

The present continuous tense

7. Put the verbs in brackets into the present continuous tense.

1. She (not work), she (swim) in the river.

2. He (teach) his boy to ride.

3. The airplane (fly) at 2,000 metres.

4. Mrs Jones (sweep) the steps outside her house.

5. It is a lovely day. The sun (shine) and the birds (sing).

6. We (have) breakfast at 8.00 tomorrow as Tom (catch) an early train.

7. She always (ring) up and (ask) questions.

8. Ann usually does the shopping, but I (do) it today as she isn't well.

9. Mother (rest) now. She always rests after lunch.

10. The children are very quiet. Go and see what they (do). - They (cut) up some £5 notes.

11. I can't hear what you (say); the traffic (make) too much noise.

12. She always (lose) her glasses and (ask) me to look for them.

13. Can I borrow your pen or you (use) it at the moment?

14. It (rain)? ~Yes, it (rain) very hard. You can't go out yet.

15. Someone (knock) at the door. Shall I answer it? ~ I (come) in a minute. I just (wash) my hands.

16. You (do) anything this evening? ~ No, I'm not. – Well, I (go) to the cinema. Would you like to come with me?

17. What Tom (do) now? He (clean) his shoes.

18. Why Ann (not wear) her new dress?

19. Why you (mend) that old shirt?

20. You (not tell) the truth. ~ How do you know that I (not tell) the truth?

21. Who (move) the furniture about upstairs? ~ It's Tom. He (paint) the front bedroom.

22. What you (read) now? I (read) Crime and Punishment.

23. Why you (make) a cake? Someone (come) to tea?

24. Where is Tom? ~ He (lie) under the car.

25. Why you (type) so fast? You (make) a lot of mistakes.

26. They (dig) an enormous hole just outside my gate. ~ What they (do) that for? ~ I don't know. Perhaps they (look) for oil.

27. What (make) that terrible noise? ~ It's the pneumatic drill. They (repair) the road.

28. What you (wait) for? – I (wait) for my change; the boy just (get) it.

29. Mother: What you (look) at? Something (happen) in the street?

30. Child: Yes. The house opposite is on fire! Come and look.
Mother: I can't. I (bath) the babies. Is the Fire Brigade here?

31. Child: Yes. Fire engines (rush) up and the firemen (jump) out and (unroll) their hoses.

32. Smoke (pour) from the windows! People (stop) to watch.
A policeman (try) to move them on.

33. An old man (climb) out of a first floor window!
A fireman (help) him! Two boys (slide) down a rope!

34. A woman (wave) from the attic and a fireman (go) up a ladder to help her!

35. Now he (come) down again! He (carry) a baby! The crowd (cheer)

 

The simple present and the present continuous
8.Put the verbs in brackets into the simple present or the present continuous tense.

1. Cuckoos (not build) nests. They (use) the nests of other birds.

2. You can't see Tom now: he (have) a bath.

3. He usually (drink) coffee but today he (drink) tea.

4. What she (do) in the evenings? ~ She usually (play) cards or (watch) TV.

5. I won't go out now as it (rain) and I (not have) an umbrella.

6. The last train (leave) the station at 11.30.

7. He usually (speak) so quickly that I (not understand) him.

8. Ann (make) a dress for herself at the moment. She (make) all her own clothes.

9. Hardly anyone (wear) a hat nowadays.

10. I'm afraid I've broken one of your coffee cups. ~ Don’t worry. I (not like) that set anyway.

11. I (wear) my sunglasses today because the sun is very strong.

12. Tom can't have the newspaper now because his aunt (read) it.

13. I'm busy at the moment. I (redecorate) the sitting room.

14. The kettle (boil) now. Shall I make the tea?

15. You (enjoy) yourself or would you like to leave now? -
I (enjoy) myself very much. I (want) to stay to the end.

16. How you (get) to work as a rule? ~ I usually (go) by bus but tomorrow I (go) in Tom's car.

17. Why you (put) on your coat? ~ I (go) for a walk. You (come) with me? -
Yes, I'd love to come. You (mind) if I bring my dog?

18. How much you (owe) him? – I (owe) him £5. ~ You (intend) to pay him?

19. Mary usually (learn) languages very quickly but she (not seem) able to learn modern Greek.

20. I always (buy) lottery tickets but I never (win) anything.

21. You (like) this necklace? I (give) it to my daughter for her birthday tomorrow.

22. I won't tell you my secret unless you (promise) not to tell anyone. – I (promise).

23. You always (write) with your left hand?

24. You (love) him? – No, I (like) him very much but I (not love) him.

25. You (dream) at night? – Yes, I always (dream) and if I (eat) too much supper I (have) nightmares.

26. These workmen are never satisfied; they always (complain).

27. We (use) this room today because the window in the other room is broken.

28. This car (make) a very strange noise. You (think) it is all right?-
Oh, that noise (not matter). It always (make) a noise like that.

29. What Tom (think) of the Budget? - He (think) it most unfair. ~ I (agree) with him.

30. What this one (cost)? – It (cost) forty pence.

31. You (hear) the wind? It (blow) very strongly tonight.

32. You (see) my car keys anywhere? - No, I (look) for them but I (not see) them.

33. He never (listen) to what you say. He always (think) about something else.

34. You (understand) what the lecturer is saying? ~ No, I (not understand) him at all.

35. What you (have) for breakfast usually? ~ I usually (eat) a carrot and (drink) a glass of cold water.

36. Why you (walk) so fast today? You usually (walk) quite slowly. ~ I (hurry) because I (meet) my mother at 4 o'clock and she (not like) to be kept waiting.

37. You (recognize) that man? ~ I (think) that I have seen him before but I (not remember) his name.

38. Look at that crowd. I (wonder) what they (wait) for.

39. Stop! You (not see) the notice? ~ I (see) it but I can't read it because I (not wear) my glasses.

40. She always (borrow) from me and she never (remember) to pay me back.

41. I (save) up because I (go) abroad in July.

42. I (think) it is a pity you don't take more exercise. You (get) fat.

43. Tom never (do) any work in the garden; he always (work) on his car.

44. That film (come) to the local cinema next week. You (want) to see it?

45. How Peter (get) on at school? ~ Very well. He (seem) to like the life.

46. This story is about a boy who (make) friends with a snake which he (find) in his garden. Then he (go) away but he (not forget) the snake and some years later he (return) and (look) for it. He (find) the snake who (recognize) its old friend and (coil) round him affectionately. But, unfortunately, the snake is by now a full-grown boa-constrictor and its embrace (kill) the poor boy. – The snake (feel) sorry about this? – I (not know). The story (end) there.

47. How you (end) a letter that (begin), 'Dear Sir'? ~ I always (put), 'Yours truly', but Tom (prefer) 'Yours faithfully'.

48. What the word 'catastrophe' (mean)? ~ It (mean) 'disaster'.

49. Who (own) this umbrella? ~ I (not know). Everybody (use) it but nobody (know) who (own) it.

50. You (mind) if I (ask) you a question? ~ That (depend) on the question. ~ It (concern) your brother. ~ I (refuse) to answer any question about my brother.

The past continuous tense
9. Put the verbs in brackets into the past continuous tense.

1. Detective: I'm afraid I must ask you both what you (do) yesterday at 10.20 p.m. Mr X: I (play) chess with my wife. Mr Y: I (listen) to a play on the radio.

2. The children were frightened because it (get) dark.

3. It was a fine day and the roads were crowded because a lot of people (rush) to the seaside.

4. He usually wears sandals but when I last saw him he (wear) boots.

5. The house was in great disorder because he (redecorate) it.

6. The director didn't allow the actors to travel by air while they (work) on the film.

7. The car had nobody in it but the engine (run).

8. I was alone in the house at that time because Mr Jones (work) in the garage and Mrs Jones (shop).

9. Are you going to Rome? I thought that you (go) to Milan.

10. My wife and I (talk) about you the other day.

11. When I first met him he (study) painting.

12. There was a strong smell and the sound of frying. Obviously Mrs Jones (cook) fish.

13. Tom ate nothing for lunch because he (diet). He said that he (try) to lose 10 kilos.

14. Who you (talk) to on the telephone as I came in? – I (talk) to Mr Pitt.

15. When I first met him he (work) in a restaurant.

16. He watched the children for a moment. Some of them (bathe) in the sea, others (look) for shells, others (play) in the sand.

17. She (stand) at the bus stop. I asked her what bus she (wait) for.

18. From the sounds it was clear that Mary (practise) the piano.

19. Tom (sit) in a corner with a book. I told him that he (read) in very bad light.

20. The traffic (make) so much noise that I couldn't hear what he (say).

 





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