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Exercise 55. Translate into English using the verbs in the present continuous.


(СЕЙЧАС) 1. Я сижу в парке на скамейке и кормлю птиц. 2. Мама сидит на диване в гостиной и смотрит телевизор. 3. Это фотография моих друзей. Том играет на гитаре, а Джейн поет. 4. А здесь они танцуют на моем дне рождения. 5. Мы делаем упражнение. 6. Мы не купаемся. 7. Они играют во дворе? 8. Нина и Аня моют пол. 9. Коля помогает маме. 10. Ты помогаешь папе? 11. Моя сестра читает интересную книгу. 12, Они идут в школу. 13. Вы идете в школу?

14. Он работает? 15 . Твоя бабушка идет в магазин? 16. Он покупает конфеты. 17. Что делает твоя сестра? 18. Где играют дети? 19. Почему ты смеешься? 20. Куда они идут? 21. Что несут эти мальчики? 22. Я читаю. 23. Он не пишет. 24. Мы не работаем.

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25. Вы читаете? 26. Он спит? 27. Коля и Миша играют в футбол. 28. Катя играет на рояле. 29. Она не поет. 30. Моя сестра спит. 31. Папа пьет чай? 32. Твои родители пьют чай? 33. Я не сплю. 34. Она сидит за столом.



Exercise 56. Put the verbs in the brackets into the present continuous or present simple.


I (to take) my sister to school now. I (to take) her to school every day.
He (to help) his father now. He (to help) his father very often.
At the moment they (to go) to the river for a swim. They usually (to go) to the river for a swim.
She (to play) the violin now. She (to play) the violin every day.
I (to read) now. I (to read) every day.
He (to sleep) now. He (to sleep) every night.
We (to drink) tea now. We (to drink) tea every morning.
I (not to sleep) now. I (not to sleep) in the daytime.
She (not to drink) coffee now. She (not to drink) coffee after lunch.

Exercise 57. Put the verbs in the brackets into the present continuous or present simple.


1. His father (not to watch) TV at the moment. He (to sleep) because he (to be) tired. 2. Pat (not to cook) dinner at the moment. She (to talk) on the phone. She (to cook) dinner every Monday. 3. I (not to drink) coffee now. I (to write) an English exercise. 4. I (not to drink) coffee in the evening. I (to drink) coffee in the morning. 5. Your friend (to do) his homework now? 6. Your friend (to go) to school in the morning? 7. Look! The baby (to sleep). 8. The baby always (to sleep) after dinner. 9. My grandmother (not to work). She is on pension. 10. My father (not to sleep) now. He (to work) in the garden.

Exercise 58. Choose the proper tense form.


1. She speaks/is speaking five languages.

2. Look at that man. He wears/is wearing such a funny hat.

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3. Don't take that book back to the library. I am reading/read it.

4. They have/are having two daughters and two sons.

5. Do you understand/are you understanding Spanish?

6. We think/are thinking opera is boring.

7. Be quiet! I am watching/watch my favorite program.

8. We don't enjoy/aren't enjoying this party at all. The music is too loud. But we are enjoying/enjoy going to big parties.

9. Alec and Mary are Scottish. They come/are coming from Glasgow. They'll be here very soon. They come/are coming by car.

10. Lisa can't answer the phone. She has/is having a bath.

11. Every hour the Planet Earth travels/is travelling 66,620 miles around the Sun.

12. Where is Jane? She listen/is listening to a French song but she doesn’t understand what it is meaning/means.

Exercise 59. Underline the correct form of the verbs to complete the e-mail.


Dear Lydia I work/am working1 at home today. Usually I don't work/am not working2 at home on Fridays, but I write/am writing3 an important report. It takes/is takings4 a long time to finish. Ellen normally deals/is dealing5 with this, but she is away this week. I left my notes in the office. Can you check this information for me? - Our company has/is having6 1,200 employees. - We export/are exporting7 to Japan and Germany. - 10 of the sales staff learns /are learning8 Japanese. - 70% of our income comes /is coming9 from the home market. Thanks for your help. Regards Tomas

Exercise 60. Underline the present simple or the present continuous form of the verb to complete these sentences.

1. I stay/am staying at the Ritz every time I'm in New York. I stay/am staying at the Ritz at the moment.

2. She works/is working at home today. She works/is working at home Практические упражнения

every day.

3. She often calls/is calling Russia. At the moment she calls/is calling a customer in Moscow.

4. I don't usually deal/dealing with the paperwork. I deal/am dealing with all the paperwork while Susan is away.

5. It normally takes/is taking about two months. But this delivery takes/is taking longer than usual.

6. We normally use/are using a London firm. This time we use/are using a different company.

Exercise 61. Complete this article with the present simple or the present continuous form of the verbs in brackets.


The Inditex group

The Inditex group owns (own) six fashion chains including Zara. It _________ (have) around 1,500 stores worldwide. It _________ (operate) in 44 countries. Inditex _________. (employ) 27,000 people and __________ (have) more than 200 fashion designers.

Currently the fashion designers _________ (work) on next year's designs. The Inditex group _________ (do) very well at the moment, and it _________ (try) to become a global fashion leader.

Amancio Ortega, the founder of Inditex, also __________ (invest) in property and hotels. Most of this year's investment ___________ (stay) in Spain.

Exercise 62. A. Complete the text with verbs from the box. Use either the present simple or present continuous tense.


co-ordinate attend go have know prepare speak think travel


Sofia Grammatopoulos is Marketing Manager at Kayavis Food & Wine S.A., an expanding medium-sized business in Thessaloniki. She co-ordinates1the work of a team of three people. Kayavis _______2distributors in eleven countries in Europe and America, so Sofia often ________3 abroad. Next week, she ________4 to Canada to visit their new retail outlet. She _______5 Greek, English, and Danish. At the moment she

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__________6 an intensive German course because the owner of Kayavis ___________7of opening a shop and a large restaurant in Munich. Sofia ________8 that she will have to work in Germany for six months, so she _________9 herself for her new assignment as best as she can.

B. Make questions for these answers. All the information is in the text in exercise A.

1. What does Sofia do? She co-ordinates the work of a team of three people.

2. ________________________ - Eleven.

3. _______________________ - Next week.

4. ______________________ - To visit their new retail outlet.

5. _______________________ - Greek, English and Danish.

6. _______________________ - Because she will have to work in Germany.

7. _______________________ - In Munich.

Exercise 63. Complete these sentences with either the present simple or the present continuous form of the verbs in brackets.

1. We normally hold(hold) our sales conference in Spain, but this year we ___________ (hold) it in Poland.

2. Although we _______ (use) our own sales rep at the moment, we generally (use) agents in Japan.

3. It normally _________ (take) us two years to develop a new product.

4. We don't often __________ (raise) our prices more than 5%, but this time we ________ (raise) them 10%.

5. Usually our Sales Director _________ (deal) with important customers.

6. We usually ________ (recruit) from within the company, but this time we _________ (advertise) externally.

7. We _________ (rent) offices until our new headquarters are ready.

8. The company _________ (want) to achieve record sales this year.


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Exercise 64. Correct the following sentences, according to the model.


Model: Smithson's magnificent headquarters building is standing in Bloor Street in Toronto, Canada.


1. The head of Smithson, Carla Ferenzi, is wanting to make Smithson a world-class company.

2. When Carla is arriving at the office each morning, she is checking her schedule for the day with her personal assistant.

3. Carla Ferenzi travels in Asia at the moment. She visits important new markets there as she is needing to know more about them.

4. Carla is knowing a lot of important businesspeople in Asia.

5. Smithson usually recruits about 100 graduates every year, but this year it recruits 150.

6. Smithson expands fast: sales increased by 30 percent last year and the same figure is forecast for this year.

Exercise 65. Correct the sentences if necessary. Use the present simple or the present continuous.

1. Tom 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. My brother is smoking 20 cigarettes a day.

5. I am not understanding what he is speaking about.

6. John is tired, so he has a short sleep.

7. The man in the dark grey coat is looking like Tom Garrett.

8. He doesn't like ballroom dancing.

9. I'm looking out of the window, but I 'm not seeing him.

10. I am remembering that holiday we had in France a few years ago.

11. How much is it costing to send a letter to Paris?

12. My parents are never drinking strong coffee.

13. I hate big cities.

14. The play is beginning at half past seven.

15. What are you thinking of that novel?

16. What are you thinking about?



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Exercise 66. Put the verb in brackets into the present perfect.

1. I don't know this girl. I never (meet) her before. 2. "Where is Mother?" - "She just (go out)." 3. "Don't you know what the film is about?"-"No, I (not/see) it." 4. Don't worry about the letter. I already (post) it. 5. "Is he a good teacher?" - "Oh yes, he (help) me a lot." 6. I know London perfectly well. I (be) there several times. 7. I can't find my umbrella. I think, somebody (take) it by mistake. 8. "Do you speak Spanish?" - "No, I never (study) it." 9. "Do you know where they have gone?" - "No, they (sell) their house and (not/leave) their new address."


Exercise 67 Answer the questions. Put the verb in brackets into the present perfect.

Model: Is his article ready? (write)

Yes, he has written it.

1. Are her rooms clean? (do)

2. Is our dinner ready, Mother? (cook)

3. Does she know the poem? (learn)

4. Do you know this sort of pencil? (use)

5. Does he know how nice the cake is? (eat)

6. Do you know that your gloves are on the table? (find)

7. Is Bobby’s face clean? (wash)

8. Do you know how beautiful these songs are? (hear)

Exercise 68. You are talking to a friend about the events in your family.

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