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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #16: Two presents: present continuous, present simple
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    Two presents: present continuous, present simple


    PRESENT CONTINUOUS (BE + -ING) vs PRESENT SIMPLE

    PRESENT (BE + -ING)
    PRESENT SIMPLE
    Main use Action which is being done at the same momentPermanent situations; regular habits and daily routine; feelings
    Affirmative

    AUXILIARY BE + verb ending in -ING

    eg: I am playing, you are playing, he/she/it is playing, we are playing, you are playing, they are playing

    In the positive form, add an 's' to the base form.

    eg : I play, you play, he/she/it plays, we play, you play, they play
    Exceptions1) If the verb ends in '-e', remove the '-e': smoke -> he is smoking
    2) If the verb has one syllable AND if it ends in 'consonant-vowel-consonant', double the final consonant: run -> running
    1) If the verb ends in 'ch', 's', 'sh', 'x', 'z', 'o', add '-es' to the base forme of the 3rd p sg: she goes, he catches
    2) If the verb ends in -y preceded by a consonant, change the '-y' to '-ies': study -> he studies.
    NegativeUse NOT
    eg: I am not playing
    Use DO NOT / DON'T or DOES NOT / DOESN'T (3rd p sg)
    eg: I don't play, she doesn't play
    QuestionsAuxiliary BE at the beginning of the question
    eg: Are you playing football?
    Auxiliary DO or DOES at the beginning of the question
    eg: Do you play football? Does he play football?
    Short answers Use BE
    eg: Yes, I am. No, he isn't.
    Use DO or DOES
    eg: Yes, I do. No, he doesn't.


    Conjugate the verbs between brackets. Use the present simple or the present continuous.
    Warning: only NEGATIVE contracted forms are accepted.
    Examples: we don't accept ''They're playing'' (write: They are playing) BUT we accept ''They aren't playing''.





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    1. Listen! Sandra (play) music!

    2. On Sundays, I always (play) football with my friends.

    3. I (not/like) carrots.

    4. She (hate) westerns.

    5. Can you help Peter? He (do) his homework.

    6. What (you/watch) on TV? Is it interesting?

    7. When I (go) back home, I will phone my girlfriend.

    8. We usually (take) a taxi to go to work.

    9. They (not/travel) a lot.

    10. She (not/come). She is looking after her little sister.









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