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
• Any spelling rules.
• Negative / interrogative
structures (Indicate the
- Affirmative: Subject + base of the verb.
(With –s/-es if is 3º person of singular).
Ex. I work.
- Negative: Subject + don’t/doesn’t + verb.
Ex: She doesn’t work.
- Interrogative: do/does + Subject + verb.
Ex: Do you work?
[When the verb finishing in consonant is with –ies]
- Affirmative: Subject + [am/is/are] + verb-ing.
Ex. I am singing.
- Negative: Subject + [am not/isn’t/aren’t] + verb-ing.
Ex: I am not singing.
- Interrogative: [am/is/are] + subject+ verb-ing.
Ex: are you singing?
[The ending “-e”: ride-riding.]
[Verb finishing in –y: pay-paying]
[finishing in vocal + consonant: run-running.
USE (When we must use each
Include the main uses for each
tense with similar examples to
- A regular habit or rutine. Ex: my sister works on
- A general truth or scientific fact. Ex: London is a
- Stative verbs. Ex: I think she is attractive.
- An action which is happening now.
Ex: Alex is singing right now.
- Temporary action.
Ex: They are learning French this year.
- Also to express complain or admiration about
Ex: She is always crying.
TIME EXPRESSIONS (Name time
expressions that we can use
with each tense)
Always, usually, generally, regularly, occasionally,
frequently, often, sometimes, rarely, seldom, never, at 1
o’clock, at night, in the morning, on Fridays, every week,
once a month, how often…?
Now, right now, at the moment, this year, at present.
FUTURE SENSE Schedules and timetables:
Ex: The film starts at 7.00
Sometimes use the present continuous to indicate that
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.
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