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Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense This is a preview of a 75 page booklet of handouts and worksheets that teachers and students can use to review and practice the simple present tense. It is available at Teachers Pay Teachers. www.teacherspayteachers.com ESL - The Uses Of The Simple Present Tense Practice Booklet


Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 1) Contents (page 1 of 2)

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Handouts Sample Sentences of the Uses of the Simple Present Tense Be: Present Tense, Contractions, Negative Forms, Information Questions Spelling of the –s Form of the Verb

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Things That Are True in the Present Worksheet: Gap-Fill Sentences Worksheet: Complete the Sentences with the Correct Form of the Verbs in the Box Handout + Worksheet: Negative Forms of Simple Present Tense Handout + Worksheet: Question Forms Of Simple Present Tense Worksheet/Reading Activity: Truth or Lie? Roger and Salma Worksheet/Reading Activity: Truth or Lie? Jenny Worksheet: Read About Roger and Answer Questions Worksheet: Create Questions From A Story About Salma Worksheet: Create Questions from A story about Jenny

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Long Lasting Situations (Situations That Will Not Change Soon) Worksheet: Gap-Fill Sentences Worksheet: Gap-Fill Sentences Worksheet: Crossword Puzzle Worksheet: Circle the Correct Form of the Verb Handout + Worksheet: Negative Forms of the Simple Present Tense Handout + Worksheet: Question Forms of the Simple Present Tense Worksheet: Crossword Puzzle Worksheet: Find 2 Nouns for Each Verb. Write Two Sentences

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Habits and Regular Activities Worksheet: Gap-Fill Sentences Handout + Worksheet: Introduction to Frequency Adverbs Handout + Worksheet: More Frequency Adverbs Handout + Worksheet: Be + Frequency Adverbs Handout: Negative Sentence Formation with Frequency Adverbs Handout + Worksheet: Question Formation with Frequency Adverbs Worksheet/Reading Activity: Erica and Paul Play a Guessing Game Worksheet: Adverbs of Frequency Guessing Game Handout + Worksheet: More Frequency Expressions Worksheet: Create Short Dialogues About Household Chores

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Facts And General Truths Handout: Example Sentences Worksheet: Complete the sentences with the verbs in the boxes Worksheet: Complete each sentence with the verb in parenthesis Worksheet: Complete each sentence with a verb from the box Worksheet: Complete each sentence with the verb in parenthesis

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Facts And General Truths Handout + Worksheet: Negative Forms of Simple Present Tense Handout + Worksheet: Question Forms of the Simple Present Tense Worksheet/Reading Activity: Facts about Louis Tomlinson Worksheet/Reading Activity: Max and Mia Information Facts about Famous People Worksheet: Information Exchange About Famous People Worksheet: Gap-Fill Sentences about English-Speaking Countries (Intermediate Level)

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Emotional and Physical States, Mental Processes, Existence, Possession Handout: Sample Sentences Worksheet: Crossword Puzzle Handout + Worksheet: Think About and Think That Handout + Worksheet: Negative Forms of Simple Present Tense Handout + Worksheet: Question Forms of the Simple Present Tense Worksheet: Write Sentences about Food Likes and Dislikes Worksheet: Create Questions about Food Likes and Dislikes Handout: Non-action Verbs (Intermediate Level) Worksheet: Word Search Puzzle (Intermediate Level)

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Scheduled Future Events Handout: Sample Sentences Worksheet: Circle the Correct Form of the Verb in Each Sentence Handout + Worksheet: Negative Forms of Simple Present Tense Handout + Worksheet: Question Forms of the Simple Present Tense Worksheet: The Week Ahead In Prague, Czech Republic (Intermediate Level) Worksheet: The Week Ahead In Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A. (Intermediate Level)

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Future Time Clauses Handout + Worksheet: Example Sentences and Gap-Fill Exercise (Intermediate Level) Worksheet: How Many Sentences Can You Create? (Intermediate Level)

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Zero and First Conditionals Handout: Sample Sentences (Intermediate Level) Worksheet: Broken Sentences Activity (Intermediate Level)

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Books, Plays, Films, and Television Shows Handout: Sample Sentences (Intermediate Level) Worksheet: Can You Guess The Title of These Movies? (Intermediate Level)

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Answer Key Photo and Image Credits

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Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 3) The simple present tense is used to express:

Things that are true in the present

Amanda is 16 years old.

Long lasting situations and things will not change soon

Donna speaks three languages.

John lives in London.


Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 4) The simple present tense is used to express: Habits and regular activities Theresa plays tennis every Thursday.

Richard often goes to the supermarket on Maple Street.

Facts and general truths

The sky is blue.


Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 5) The simple present tense is used to express: Emotions, desires, sense perceptions, thoughts, opinions, existence, and possession.

I love my kitten.

Do you smell something funny?

I have a new car.


Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 6) The simple present tense is used to talk about:

Future scheduled events

The plane to Paris leaves at 4:30 p.m.

Books, plays, films, and television shows

The Goldfinch is about a thirteen year old boy who survives an attack of terrorism in an art museum. The boy finds himself in possession of a valuable painting.

The story of Dr. Zhivago is available as a novel, a film, and a television program. It is also a musical play. The movie version traces the life of Zhivago during World War I and the Russian Revolution.


Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 7) A future time clause uses the simple present tense. Future time clauses can begin with: before, after, as soon as, until, when.

I will finish this work in the garden before it gets dark.

The simple present tense is used in zero and first conditional sentences. We use the zero conditional to talk about a result that will always happen.

If water boils, it turns to steam.

We use the first conditional to talk a result that is likely to happen.

If it is a nice day tomorrow, I will go to the beach.


Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 10) The simple present tense is used to express things that are true in the present. Complete these sentences with the verb in parenthesis in the simple present tense. Example: Martha _____ (be) 16 years old. Martha is 16 years old. 1. Martha _________________________ (be) 16 years old.

2. Harry _________________________ (feel) fine today.

3. These shoes _________________________ (belong) to me.

4. This dress _________________________ (cost) too much.

5. Johnathon _________________________ (drive) a Tesla.

6. Sakura _________________________ (come) from Japan.

7. James _________________________ (read) science fiction books.

8. You _______________________ (smoke) too much.

9. They _________________________ (have) a dog and a cat.

10. Mason and I _________________________ (do) Judo.

11. Liam and Elizabeth _________________________ (study) English

12. It _________________________ (be) a beautiful day.


Preview Negative Forms of the Simple Present Tense (page 12) The simple present tense is used to express things that are true in the present.

Place do not or does not before the simple form of verb.

Affirmative Form I obey the rules in class. Natalie obeys the rules in class.

Negative Form I do not obey the rules in class. Natalie does not obey the rules in class.

Never add –s or –es to the main verb when using the third person singular. Negative Form Natalie does not obey the rules in class. The negative form of the simple present tense can be expressed with the contractions don’t and doesn’t. Affirmative Form I obey the rules in class. Natalie obeys the rules in class.

Negative Form You don’t obey the rules in class. Natalie doesn’t obey the rules in class.

Fill in the blank with do not + verb or does not + verb.

1. These shoes ___________________________ to me. (belong)

2. Mason and I ___________________________ Judo. (do)

3. Zoey ___________________________ fiction novels. (read)

Fill in the blank with don’t + verb or doesn’t + verb.

1. These shoes ___________________________ to me. (belong)

2. Mason and I ___________________________ Judo. (do)

3. Zoey ___________________________ fiction novels. (read)


Preview Question Forms of the Simple Present Tense (page 13) Yes/No Questions Do/Does + Do + Does +

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Main Verb obey the rules in class? obey the rules in class?

Yes/No Question Form Do you obey the rules in class?

Short Answer Yes, I do.

Long Answer Yes, I obey the rules in class.

Does Aiden obey the rules in class?

No, he does not. No, he doesn’t.

No, Aiden does not obey the rules in class. No, Aiden doesn’t obey the rules in class.

Information Questions Who asks for information about people. Wh Word Who

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Third Person Singular Form Of The Verb obeys the rules in class?

Affirmative Form Natalie obeys the rules in class.

Information Question Form Who obeys the rules in class?

Change this sentence into a yes/no question. Anthony listens to rock music.

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Change this sentence into an information question. Use who. Anthony listens to rock music.

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Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 17) The simple present tense is used to express things that are true in the present. Read the story about Jenny. Form small groups in your class. Write questions about the story. The group with the most questions wins the game. Your teacher chooses a time limit. Hi, I’m Salma. I am from Mexico. I live in New York city now. I work at Ruby Tuesday. It is a restaurant. I work eight hours a day, five days a week. I like my job. I set the tables and serve breakfast and lunch. On a busy day, I serve about 50 meals. I meet a lot of people. I speak a lot of English at work. I also study English at night. Sometimes I am tired after a long day at work. But I enjoy spending time with the other students in my class. How many questions about Salma can you create? Group Members: _____________________________________________________________________________


Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 25) The simple present tense is used to express situations that will not change soon.

Across 2. Seth and Amber _____ (own) a vacation home in Spain. 4. My cats _____ (scratch) the furniture. 5. Michelle _____ (go) to school. 8. Lisa always _____ (buy) cosmetics. 9. Steven _____ (work) downtown. Down 1. Claire _____ (do) the housework for her grandmother. 3. Wyatt _____ (manage) a Mc Donald’s restaurant. 6. Mariah _____ (eat) raw onions. 7. The soldiers _____ (guard) the office of the prime minister


Preview The Uses of the Simple Present Tense (page 28) Introduction to Frequency Adverbs The simple present tense is used to express habits and regular activities. I always eat toast for breakfast. Bob usually eats toast for breakfast. You often eat toast for breakfast. Pat sometimes eats toast for breakfast. They seldom eat toast for breakfast. Jennifer rarely eats toast for breakfast. Fred never eats toast for breakfast. always usually often sometimes seldom rarely never

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Complete the sentences using the information in the chart and the correct form of watch. Jim Amelia We Liam Ava and Henry Owen and I You

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1. Liam sometimes watches television in the evening. 2. We ___________________________ television in the evening. 3. You ___________________________ television in the evening. 4. Jim ___________________________ television in the evening. 5. Amelia ___________________________ television in the evening. 6. Owen and I ___________________________ television in the evening. 7. Ava and Henry __________________________ television in the evening.

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Preview Other Frequency Expressions (page 36) The simple present tense is used to express habits and regular activities. Household Chores Create short dialogues using the information below. Example 1: Student A: How often does Sophie load the dishwasher? Student B: Sophie loads the dishwasher three times a week. Example 2: Student A: How often does Zachary mow the yard? Student B: Zachary mows the yard twice a month. Sophie

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every Saturday morning

once a week in January

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shop for cleaning supplies

clean out the refrigerator

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Preview The Simple Present Tense (page 41) The simple present tense is used to express facts and general truths. Complete each sentence with the verb in parenthesis in the simple present tense. Example: The human body _____ (have) 206 bones. The human body has 206 bones.

1. The human body _______________ (have) 206 bones.

2. We _______________ (use) time to order events in the past, present, and future.

3. Electric eels _______________ (produce) strong electric shocks.

4. A candle flame _______________ (burn) at 1000 degrees Celsius.

5. Dogs ________________ (perform) many useful tasks for humans.

6. The planet Mars _______________ (experience) dust storms.

7. A tornado _______________ (have) a funnel.

8. Hurricanes _______________ (form) in tropical areas.


Preview Mia and Max Exchange Facts about Famous People (page 45) Student A Mia

Dr. Michio Kaku Occupation physicist Country United States Date of Birth January 24, 1947 Mia has facts about Dr. Kaku. She needs facts about Rihanna. She asks Max about Rihanna. Mia: Who is that lady? Max: That is Rihanna. Mia: What does she do? Max: She is a singer and songwriter. Mia: Where is she from? Max: She is from Barbados. Mia: What is her date of birth? Max: Her date of birth is February 20, 1988. Mia: How old is she? Max: She is _____ years old. ----------------------------------------------------- --------Student B Bradley

Name Rihanna Occupation singer and songwriter Country Barbados Date of Birth February 20, 1988 Max has facts about Rihanna. He needs facts about Dr. Kaku. He asks Mia about Dr. Kaku. Max: Who is that man? Mia: That is Dr. Michio Kaku Max: What does he do? Mia: He is a physicist. Max: Where is he from? Mia: He is from the United States. Max: What is his date of birth? Mia: His date of birth is January 24, 1947. Max: How old is he? Mia: He is _____ years old.


Preview The Simple Present Tense (page 50) The simple present tense is used to express emotions, desires, sense perceptions, thoughts, opinions, existence, and possession. Emotions love, hate, like, dislike

Desires want, need, desire

Senses smell, see, hear, taste, sound,

I want a chocolate donut right now.

Do you smell something funny?

Thoughts know, understand, remember, think about

Opinions believe, prefer, think that, agree, disagree

Existence and Possession be, belong, have, own, possess

I think about my family every day.

Benjamin thinks that Amber is very pretty.

This is my new car. I have a new car.

I love my kitten.


Preview The Simple Present Tense (page 57) The simple present tense is used to express emotions, desires, sense perceptions, thoughts, opinions, existence, possession, measurement, and appearance. These are non-action verbs. Emotions admire fear adore hate amaze hope appreciate like astonish love bother mind (bother) detest regret dislike respect envy surprise trust

Desires desire need want wish

Sense Perceptions feel hear notice observe perceive see sound like smell taste

Thoughts assume estimate guess know imagine mean mind presume realize recognize remember see (understand) suppose think about understand wonder

Opinions agree believe consider disagree feel (believe) prefer think (believe) think that

Existence be consist of exist include

Possession belong contain have own possess

Measurement cost estimate equal weigh

Appearance appear look represent resemble seem


Preview The Simple Present Tense (page 66) A future time clause uses the simple present tense. Future time clauses can begin with: before, after, as soon as, until, when. I will walk to the store I will phone you I will see Kaitlin I will wash the dishes I will find a job I will keep looking for my car keys The band will start playing I will look for a place to live I will turn off the TV We won’t have dinner I will wait here

before after as soon as until when

I go out you get back the TV show is over it stops raining I find them I find a job I get home everyone arrives I go to bed I graduate from the university I get back from lunch

How many sentences can you create using the elements from the boxes above? 1. I will walk to the store after it stops raining.


Preview The Simple Present Tense (page 70) The simple present tense is used to tell what happens in books, plays, films, and television shows.

Novel Still Life with Bread Crumbs Rebecca Winter is a famous New York City photographer. She moves to a small town in the country and finds an exciting new life.

Musical Stage Play Momma Mia! Sophie plans her wedding. She secretly invites three of her mother’s ex-boyfriends to the ceremony. Her mother is in for a big surprise.

Classic Film Casablanca Rick Blaine owns a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. He helps a Czech Resistance leader and his wife escape Nazi-controlled Europe.

Television Show Downton Abbey The Crawley family and their servants live on a Yorkshire country estate during the first part of the twentieth century. The aristocratic family and their servants face difficult challenges in life and love.


Preview The Simple Present Tense (page 72) Answer Key p.11 1. Ava pushes the baby carriage. 6. The meals in this restaurant are expensive. 2. Madison looks so sad today. 7. Zoey reads fiction novels. 3. Anthony listens to rock music. 8. Charlotte does her homework very quickly. 4. You owe me ten dollars. 9. Natalie obeys the rules in class. 5. They earn a lot of money. 10. Aiden doesn’t obey the rules in class. p.21 Across 3. Lucas collects coins. 6. Melanie and Kimberly drink tea with lemon. 7. Gabrielle wear nail polish. 8. Jordan eats meat.

Down 1. Olivia works at Macy’s department store. 2. Brian loves apple pie. 4. Chase and Cole like to go fishing. 5. Ben trusts Vanessa.

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p. 28 1. Liam sometimes watches television in the evening. 2. We often watch television in the evening. 3. You never watch television in the evening. 4. Jim always watches television in the evening. 6. Owen and I rarely watch television in the evening. 7. Ava and Henry seldom watch television in the evening.

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Preview The Simple Present Tense (page 73) Answer Key p. 32 Use these sentences to form questions. What + Do/Does + Frequency Adverb + Main Verb. 1. You always eat a sandwich for lunch. What do you always eat for lunch? 2. Tyler sometimes eats a cookie before he goes to bed. What does Tyler sometimes eat before he goes to bed? 3. Martha and Jim seldom drink tea at night. What do Martha and Jim seldom drink at night? 4. Bob usually eats toast for breakfast. What does Bob usually eat for breakfast? Use these sentences to form questions. Do/Does + Subject + Ever + Main Verb 1. Jack sometimes forgets his appointments. Does Jack ever forget his appointments? 2. Those children never take a bath in the morning. Do those children ever take a bath a bath in the morning? 3. Mary never washes her car. Does Mary ever wash her car? Use these sentences to form questions. Are/Is + Subject + Frequency Adverb + Main Verb 1. Anna is often on time for class. Is Anna often on time for class? 2. Christine is usually late for parties. Is Christine usually late for parties? 3. They are often at work in the afternoon. Are they often at work in the afternoon. Use these sentences to form questions. Are/Is + subject + Ever + Main Verb 1. Patty is sometimes late for her appointments. Is Patty ever late for her appointments? 2. Russ is never on time for meetings. Is Russ ever on time for meetings? 3. Logan and Larry are never on time for class. Are Logan and Larry ever on time for class? p. 38 1. Tiger cubs leave their mothers when they are 2 years old. 2. Clouds of poison gas surround the planet Jupiter. 3. A red blood cell carries oxygen around the body. 4. Plants convert carbon dioxide into food. 5. Water covers 70% of the earth’s surface. 6. Wind power turns wind into other forms of energy. 7. A chemist mixes solutions. 8. An astronomer studies objects found in space. 9. The earth goes around the sun.


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p. 63 1. Thursday An exhibition presents the history of currencies, commerce, and banking. 2. Tuesday Puppets perform a famous opera. 3. Friday Many museums open for free on this special night. 4. Saturday Actors perform a play based on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. 5. Sunday An exhibition of late 19th century Czech and European art takes place in a historic building. 6. Wednesday Dancers perform many styles of dance including classic, contemporary, jazz, hiphop and folk. 7. Monday A cafĂŠ hosts an enjoyable evening of classical music and fine food.


Preview The Simple Present Tense (page 75) Answer Key p. 64 1. Tuesday You can see Dogwood trees in the spring at this art festival in the park. 2. Saturday This is the last night that you can listen to some wonderful jazz musicians. 3. Sunday An exhibition about the American Civil War takes place in a history museum. 4. Wednesday You can see a production of a Broadway musical at a beautiful theater. 5. Thursday A medieval European country fair takes place in the southern United States. 6. Monday Cinemas present a variety of films including documentaries, narratives, and animation. 7. Friday A classic rock and roll band performs. pp. 68 and 69 1. If you need some money, I will lend you ten dollars. 2. If mark doesn’t help around the house, his wife will get angry. 3. If we take the car downtown, it will be difficult to find a parking space. 4. If Jennifer doesn’t hurry up, she will be late for the show. 5. If I find your bracelet, I will give it back to you. 6. If it rains, Ben will not go to the outdoor concert. 7. If my boss asks me to work on that project tonight, I will have to work late. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Mathew doesn’t get here by two o’clock, we will start the meeting without him. Judy buys that flower vase, she will put it on the table in the hall. we miss the subway train, we will have to wait 20 minutes for the next one. Jonah continues to text and drive, he will cause an accident. you buy that dress on sale today, you will save twenty percent. I pass my driving test, my parents will buy me a car. you get a dog, you will have to take it to the veterinarian at least once a year.

p.71 1. Today’s Special A haute cuisine chef dreams of working in Paris. But, due to a family emergency he must take over his father’s run-down Indian restaurant in Queens, New York. 2. Roman Holliday A princess runs away from a palace in Rome and spends the day as a commoner. 3. Queen to Play A hotel chambermaid learns to play chess and surprises everyone when she wins a chess championship. 4. The Rat Race A man from the American Midwest moves to New York City to become a professional musician. He finds out that life in the big city is difficult. 5. The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly Three men look for buried treasure. 6. The English Patient A World War II nurse cares for a wounded pilot. 7. The Grand Budapest Hotel This movie tells the story of the adventures of a concierge and a lobby boy who work at a famous European hotel.

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