PRESENT SIMPLE / PRESENT CONTINUOUS CHART
Write a similar chart and complete it to distinguish between both tenses as regards FORM and USES following the prompts given.
Consult different sources. You are given some suggestions below.
PRESENT SIMPLE PRESENT CONTINUOUS
FORM (How you make up the - Affirmative: Subject + base of the verb. - Affirmative: Subject + [am/is/are] + verb-ing.
tense) (With –s/-es if is 3º person of singular). Ex. I am singing.
Include: Ex. I work. - Negative: Subject + [am not/isn’t/aren’t] + verb-ing.
• Any spelling rules. He works. Ex: I am not singing.
- Negative: Subject + don’t/doesn’t + verb. - Interrogative: [am/is/are] + subject+ verb-ing.
• Negative / interrogative
Ex: She doesn’t work. Ex: are you singing?
structures (Indicate the
- Interrogative: do/does + Subject + verb.
Ex: Do you work? [The ending “-e”: ride-riding.]
[Verb finishing in –y: pay-paying]
[finishing in vocal + consonant: run-running.
[When the verb finishing in consonant is with –ies]
USE (When we must use each - A regular habit or rutine. Ex: my sister works on - An action which is happening now.
sentence) Sundays. Ex: Alex is singing right now.
Include the main uses for each - A general truth or scientific fact. Ex: London is a - Temporary action.
tense with similar examples to multicultural city Ex: They are learning French this year.
compare them. - Stative verbs. Ex: I think she is attractive. - Also to express complain or admiration about
Ex: She is always crying.
TIME EXPRESSIONS (Name time Always, usually, generally, regularly, occasionally, frequently, Now, right now, at the moment, this year, at present.
expressions that we can use often, sometimes, rarely, seldom, never, at 1 o’clock, at night,
with each tense) in the morning, on Fridays, every week, once a month, how
FUTURE SENSE Schedules and timetables: Sometimes use the present continuous to indicate that
Ex: The film starts at 7.00 something will or won’t happen in the near future.
Ex: I am meeting some friends after work.
Define what a stative verb is. Make a list of main stative verbs in groups if possible.
Which verbs have different meanings depending on whether they appear as a stative or progressive verb?
1. What you remember from previous years and notes you already have.
a. The Grammar Appendix section in your student’s book.
b. English Grammar books with exercises. You can consult some of these books in your school library.
a. Try these web pages: you will also find interactive exercises.
i. www.perfect-english-grammar.com (Recommended for STATIVE VERBS)
iv. www.englishpage.com (gramar book/Verbs : for STATIVE VERBS) /
v. http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/simplepresent.html (You can find both Simple / continuous forms)
vi. http://www.tserna.com/unit_exercises_07.html (Grammar presentations and exercises)
vii. www.isabelperez.com/grammar.htm (A lot of grammar and vocabulary exercise resources and other activities)
b. Search in GOOGLE.