Monday, March 29, 2010

Future Tense Practice with "going to"

Mount Whitney, California

Complete the following sentences. If typing is too difficult, try just saying the answer, then looking at the correct answer in the drop down menu.

1. I take an English class.

2. She studies French.

3. We have dinner together.

4. Tom and Steve play soccer.

5. Sally makes a delicious soup.

6. I take out the garbage.

7. The children swim in the lake.

8. They watch a movie on TV.

9. We meet the other students.

10. She visits her grandparents.

11. They visit the new museum.

12. He finishes his homework.

13. Marvin climbs Mount Whitney.

14. She walks home.

15. They purchase a used car.

16. They bring their friends to the picnic.

17. The plane leaves.

18. Sylvia is in Europe.

19. The students do their homework.

20. They go skiing.

21. We eat out.

22. They get up early.

23. Henry studies.

24. She drives to California

25. Gary wears his gray suit.

26. Mr. and Mrs. Chen paint their kitchen.

27. I fill out my income tax form.

28. My sister attends a meeting.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Present Progressive (Continuous) Practice.

"The Serenader" Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1715

Use the Present Progressive Tense if you're talking about an action happening in the present, temporarily, or in the near future. The Present Progressive Tense is as follows:

Subject Pronoun + Verb "be" in Present Tense + Present Participle.

Example: "I am working now."
Or, in contracted form: "I'm working now."

The spelling of the Present Participle is as follows:

Add "ing" to the Base Form of the verb:
Base Form: "Walk"
Present Participle: "Walking"

If the Base Form ends in "e", drop the "e" before adding "ing".
Examples: "write" changes to "writing". "make" changes to "making."

If the Base Form has one vowel letter + one consonant letter,
double the final consonant letter.

Examples: "mop" changes to "mopping". "cut" changes to "cutting".

If the Base Form is two syllables, and the second syllable is stressed, and it has one vowel letter + one consonant letter, double the final consonant letter. However, if the second syllable is unstressed, don't double the final letter.

Examples: "admit" changes to "admitting". "refer" changes to "referring", "upset" changes to "upsetting". But notice there is no doubling of the final consonant in "opening", "traveling" "visiting".

Exercises: Change the following sentences to Present Progressive. Use the time words suggested. Use contractions when appropriate.

1. Tom goes to work late.

2. I have dinner at 7:00 pm.

3. Steve traveled to India last month.

4. The class begins at 10:30 every morning.

5. The students study very hard.

6. The bus comes on time every day.

7. Jake left for New York a few hours ago.

8. We stay with relatives.

9. Our Aunt Marge visits us often.

10. We watch our favorite TV show every Tuesday.

11. The Wilsons sold their house at a low price.

12. She tried to explain the grammar yesterday.

13. The janitors finished cleaning the corridors.

13. The musicians always perform in San Francisco.

14. The plane stops in Singapore.

15. The banks opens at 10:00 am every morning.

16. The fish swim up the river in the spring.

17. I have trouble paying the rent.

18. It usually rains a lot in the winter.

19. They listen to their CD's regularly.

20. Our baseball team usually wins.

21. The waiters wipe off the tables.

22. The customers waited for the check.

23. They usually fly home for the holidays.

24. Diana plays basketball once a month.

25. Tom runs the marathon every July.

26. We mop our floor regularly.

27. The telephone rings.

28. The leaves begin to fall from the trees.

29. He opens his front door.

30. The baby sleeps.

Do you have any questions? I'm happy to answer them. Just use the
comment field below.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Simple Present Tense

"Violin" by Pablo Picasso

Present action: Use Present Progressive (Continuous) Tense.
Routine action: Use Simple Present Tense.

Change the following Present Progressive sentences to Simple Present sentences. Use the time word in the drop down menu.

1. I'm talking to my friend on the phone.

2. He's planting flowers.

3. They're working at the office right now.

4. Maria is going to a party.

5. Mrs. Johnson is helping Susan with her homework.

6. He is speaking to them in English.

7. The plane is leaving for Europe now.

8. They're cleaning their shoes now.

9. We're mailing the paychecks to the employees.

10. The family is discussing the news of the day.

11. I'm writing a letter to my friend Victor.

12. You're bringing your notebook to class.

13. Steve is playing cards with his nephews.

14. The manager is taking the day off.

15. I'm watching a commercial on television.

16. Jose is playing soccer now.

17. The students are taking an exam now.

18. Martha is visiting the dentist.

20. The Giants are winning a game.

21. He's borrowing money from his parents.

22. She is driving her husband to work.

23. Jack is having dinner now.

24. The plumbers are finishing their work.

25. Wally is sitting next to Amber.

26. It's raining now.

27. Sonia is singing beautifully today.

28. Our business is making a profit.

29. We are learning new words in the class.

30. Our dog is barking at the mail person.

31. Sandra is playing the violin very well.