Present Simple Tense
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Write the following verbs in the third person singular.
Exercise 1 Make the sentences negative
Exercise 2 Make the sentences interrogative.
Exercise 3 Make the sentences interrogative
Exercise 4 Make the sentences interrogative
Exercise 5 Write questions to the coloured words.
Exercise 6 Fill in the gaps with the necessary verbs in Present Simple /Indefinite tense. To find, to think, to have, to give,
Exercise 7 Fill in the gaps with the necessary verbs in Present Simple /Indefinite tense. To care, to grow, to phone, to give,
Exercise 8 Make up questions using the Present Simple Tense
Exercise 9 Make up questions using the Present Simple Tense
Exercise 10 Put the verbs in brackets into the Present Simple Tense.
Exercise 11 Put the verbs in brackets into the Present Simple Tense.
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Present Simple Tense

1. Present Simple Tense

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Affirmative Form
Negative Form
I/you/we/they speak I/you/we/they
He/she/it speaks
do not (don’t) speak
does not (doesn’t)
Do I/you/we/they
Does he/she/it
The Present Simple tense is
used to describe a regular
action or a permanent
(неизменный) state
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3. spelling rules

1. –ss, -sh, -ch, -x, -o + -es
e.g. miss-misses, watch-watches, mix-mixes,
2. Consonant+ y= ies
e.g. try-tries, fry- fries, carry-carries, deny-denies.
3. Vowel (a, e, i, o, u) + y= s
E.g. buy-buys, say-says, employ-employs, pay-pays
Exception of the rule:
have- has, be- am, is, are
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4. Write the following verbs in the third person singular.

Dance, breath, hurry, play,
go, catch, dream, hit, teach,
fix, depend, tidy, press, say,
remember, crash, apply, II
type, fetch, write, stay,
weigh, take, study, freeze,
lay, pick, do, relax, agree,
pray, discuss, reach, delay.
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5. USE

1. To express “eternal”/”general” truths, or to make
statements of general validity(действительность)
e.g. Ice melts in the sun.
The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
2. To express repeated/habitual/permanent actions.
Such actions are usually accompanied by the
adverbs: every (day, week, month, year/, etc.),
never, occasionally, often, sometimes, seldom,
rarely, twice a week, usually, from time to time,
generally, etc.
e.g. We go to school every morning. (repeated)
Father smokes too much.
Jane works in a big factory.
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6. USE

3. In Direct Speech, to express quotations (цитата):
e.g. Shakespeare says: “To live or not to live-that is
the question..”
4. Sometimes in giving the summery of a story, being
called “Narrative”/”Historic” Present.
e.g. I went into a dark room and, suddenly, I hear a
strange noise.
But in telling stories, both Simple Present and Present Continuous
can be employed, although there is a difference between their
uses. While the Simple Present is used for the events that happen
one after another (sees, meets, says, goes, etc.) the Present
Continuous occurs with “background situations”, that is with the
things that are already happening when the story starts or at a
certain moment of the story:
e.g. The Prince enters the cave and there he sees a witch. The witch is
boiling something and is talking to a huge black cat that is looking at itself
in a mirror.
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7. USE

5. In step-by-step instructions or demonstrations:
e.g. First, I take the potatoes, slice them and then fry
the onion.
6. In sports commentaries. In this case the Simple
Present refers to quicker actions (which are finished
before the sentences that described them). The
Present Continuous is used for longer activities:
e.g. The goal-keeper passes to Maradona. Maradona
serves! (this very moment). Maradona is serving in
the game we are watching now. (the service is a
continuing activity).
7. To express an officially planned action or an action
belonging to a settled programme:
e.g. The tourists visit the British museum on Friday
morning. (will visit)
The championship starts next Saturday. (will start)
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8. USE

8. To express a future action:
e.g. in a conditional clause: If your cousin comes
here tomorrow, we’ll go to the cinema.
in a time clause whose action is simultaneous
with another future action: Tom will like English
grammar when he understands it.
9. In proverbs, sayings
e.g. Despair (отчаяние)gives courage to a coward.
10. In certain contexts, especially in interrogative
sentences, to render a modal hint(намёк):
e.g. Why do you move so slowly? (reproach(упрёк)
11. In exclamatory sentences beginning with here or
e.g. Here they come!
There goes the train!
But, if these statements are not exclamatory, the progressive
aspect must be used: They are coming. The train is going now.
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9. USE

12. With the verb to continue and its equivalents (to
go on, to keep on, etc) as they contain in themselves
the idea of continuity, and so it is not necessary to
use a continuous form:
e.g. The children continue to write.
The pupils go on reading.
But, when to go on means to happen, the continuous
aspect must be used:
e.g. What is going on there?
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10. Exercise 1 Make the sentences negative

1. Jack finishes his work at 6 o’clock in the evening.
2. You enjoy skating in winter.
3. His parents spend most of the weekends in the
cottage house.
4. Sheila often exhibits her pictures.
5. I always discuss my problems with my friend.
6. Ron and Mark take part in different research
7. This train arrives in the morning.
8. Students pass their final exams in summer.
9. The festival takes place every autumn.
10.Vegetables contain many vitamins.
11.My colleagues take a month’s holiday in summer.
12.Selfish people have a lot of friends.
13.Some people believe in magic.
14.Most people get what they deserve in
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11. Exercise 2 Make the sentences interrogative.

1. Athletes take ice baths after competitions (why,
2. Elephants live only in Africa and Asia. (where, why).
3. Dolphins sleep along the surface of the water (how,
where, why).
4. Airlines usually have sales in January and February
(when, why).
5. Cats usually stop growing at around 10 to 11
months (when, why).
6. Geese usually fly in a V formation (how, why,
7. People often have headaches when it’s bad weather
(when, where, why).
8. Leaves change colour and fall off the trees in
autumn. (when, where, why).
9. Animals communicate without words. (how, why).
10. We use the Internet to communicate with people all
over the world (how, why, where).
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12. Exercise 3 Make the sentences interrogative

1. Sandra sometimes cooks pizzas for her
family.(who, what)
2. The Parkers often spend weekends in their
cottage house in summer. (who, where, when).
3. His sister speaks two foreign languages. (whose,
how many).
4. You usually take a shower in the morning. (who,
what, when).
5. This story describes adventures of children during
their winter holidays. (what story, whose
6. The international conference starts at eight
o’clock. (what, what time).
7. Her grandparents often phone their doctor
because of their health problems. (whose
grandparents, why).
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13. Exercise 4 Make the sentences interrogative

1. Our chief goes abroad twice a month (where, why).
2. Success often comes when you’re not looking for it.
(when, why).
3. A good friend corrects you when you make a mistake.
(when, how, why).
4. The naked truth looks better than a well-dressed
lie.(why, how, when).
5. My cousin likes to go sailing in the Ionian Sea. (where,
when, why, what).
6. My aunt goes to the church by bicycle every Sunday.
(where, when, why).
7. An orchestra needs a conductor at every performance.
(where, when, why, whom).
8. A male ostrich usually protects a nest of eggs at
nighttime (when, what, why, how).
9. Our colleague spends most of his work time online
(where, how, why).
10. Our secretary eats only nuts and apples to lose weight
(what, why).
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14. Exercise 5 Write questions to the coloured words.

1. Tony often phones Liz.
2. Colin sometimes meets Jane at the bus stop.
3. Cathy adores her daughter.
4. Monica sends e-mail letters to her friends.
5. James often goes to the cinema with Helen.
6. Mrs. Jacobs often bakes pies for her grandchildren.
7. Chris sometimes quarrels with his parents
8. Pam often visits her relatives.
9. Nick likes Janet.
10. Ted helps Andy with Maths.
11. Sally often organizes fancy-dress parties for her
12. They usually follow the instructions of their boss.
13. Her grandmother often invites us to spend weekends in
her cottage house.
14. We grow some rare flowers in our garden.
15. Nick prepares the equipment for the experiments two
times a week.
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15. Exercise 6 Fill in the gaps with the necessary verbs in Present Simple /Indefinite tense. To find, to think, to have, to give,

tell, to bring, to do, to make, to change,
to get
1. Movies … us about the power of life stories.
2. Monkeys … long arms to swing from branch to
3. Plants … us oxygen.
4. Technologies … the world.
5. Ladybugs … good luck.
6. Some people always … what they want.
7. Selfish people … only of themselves.
8. We … it so hard to know our own preferences.
9. I never … things by halves.
10.Even the experts … mistakes.
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16. Exercise 7 Fill in the gaps with the necessary verbs in Present Simple /Indefinite tense. To care, to grow, to phone, to give,

to like, to help, to
bother, to send, to join, to be, to stand, to have, to
1. Who …you every day? My friend … .
2. Who … you message? My colleague … .
3. Who … about you? My parents … .
4. Who … you freedom to be yourself? My grandmother … .
5. What …you happy? My love … .
6. Who … a birthday today? My cousin … .
7. Who … you for Twitter parties? My net-friends … .
8. Who … you with software? Our programmer … .
9. Who … a team player? We … .
10. What … one of the greatest inventions of the last century. The
Internet … .
11. What … you the most? Double standards … .
12. Who … on your way? Some of my colleagues … .
13. What … in your garden? Flowers … .
14. What … on TV tonight? Soap operas … .
15. Who … soap operas? Nobody … .
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17. Exercise 8 Make up questions using the Present Simple Tense

1. You/get up/early?
2. Your friend/to school/always/come/in time?
3. You/help/your mother/about the house?
4. Your teachers/give/you/much homework?
5. Your classmates/often/ask you/for help?
6. You/often/use/ for/the Internet/studying?
7. Your mother/help/you/to choose clothes?
8. Your parents/eat/healthy food?
9. Your
10.You/discuss/your problems/your
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18. Exercise 9 Make up questions using the Present Simple Tense

1. What time/you/usually/get up?
2. How/you/spend/your free time?
3. Who/cook/breakfast/for you?
4. How often/you/visit/your/grandparents?
5. What TV programs/your mother/like/to
6. What/your father/like/to eat/for
7. Where/your grandparents/live?
8. Where/your friend/prefer/to buy/clothes?
9. What music/your parents/like/to listen to?
10.Why/you/prefer/to wear/jeans?
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19. Exercise 10 Put the verbs in brackets into the Present Simple Tense.

1. What time…you…(to come) home from school? –
I usually…(to come) home at three o’clock, but
twice a week we…(to go) to the gym to ply table
tennis so I…(to return) home later then.
2. How often…Angela…(to go) to the swimming
pool?-I…(not to know) exactly, but I often…(to
meet) her in the swimming pool on Saturdays.
3. Where…the Browns…(to spend) their holidays?
-They usually…(to visit) their relatives in the
village and sometimes they…(to go) to the
4. How many apples… we… (to need) for an apple
pie?- My granny usually…(to take) seven or
eight apples, but I…(to think) we…(not to need)
so many, because these apples…(to be) very big.
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20. Exercise 11 Put the verbs in brackets into the Present Simple Tense.

…Den…(to get) to the University by metro?-Well,
sometimes he…(to go) by metro, but usually his
father…(to give) him lift.
2. Who…your brother…(to buy) the newspapers for?Our grandfather…(to like) reading fresh newspapers
but he…(not to go out often), so he…(to ask) my
brother to buy fresh newspapers.
3. Why…Alex…(to use) his car so rarely?- His car…(to
be) very old and it often…(to break). But Alex…(not
to want) to buy a new one because he…(to believe)
that his car…(to be) unique and…(to bring) him
4. Who usually…(to walk) your dog?- My father…(to
walk) the dog in the morning because he
always…(to wake up) early in the morning. And
I…(to walk) it when I…(to come) home from
school.- …your mother…(to walk) your dog?- No,
she… . She…(to be) very busy doing the house
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