Saturday, June 4, 2011

Present Simple Tense - Fill the Blanks.

"Casa Sobre El Puente" (House Over a Bridge)
1909, Diego Rivera

1. Tom every day from 9:00am to 5:00 pm. (work)

2. Tom and I work at 5:00 pm. (finish)

3. Mary to school four nights a week. (go)

4. She a Level Two class at Mission Campus.(attend)

5. her sister also to Mission Campus? (go)

6. Mrs. Wilson one dog and one cat. (have)

7. Both her dog and her cat bowls. (have)

8. My grandmother always me a tie for my birthday. (give)

9. Jule and Roger in San Francisco. (live)

10. they the bus to work or drive? (take)

11. I always carefully. (drive)

12. It always in January and February. (rain)

13. it ever in June in San Francisco? (rain)

14. Mr. Jones usually breakfast for his family on Sunday. (make)

15. After breakfast, they usually to church. (go)

16. Mr. Jones Monday to Friday? (work)

17. Our fall classes every August. (begin)

18. Our students from many different countries. (come)

19. Sylvia from El Salvador? (come)

20. The bookstore at 9:30 every Tuesday and Wednesday. (open)

21. Mario in the front row every day. (sit)

22. this class at 8:30? (begin)

23. These students always the lesson in their notebooks. (write)

24. Susan very clearly. (write)

25. John how to use a computer? (know)

26. David is a baker. He bread and cookies. (bake)

27. When Elaine English? (study)

28. She English Monday night to Thursday night. (study)

29. your children in the playground everyday? (play)

30. Yes, they in the playground every afternoon after school. (play)

Dialogue Workout A - Present Simple Tense Practice
Dialogue Workout B - Present Simple Continued


  1. Pick the right answer:

    There are three [twos] [to's] [too's] in the English language.
    OK, time is up! It cannot be done!

    This is an example of an expression that is true when spoken but grammtically incorrect when written.

    Bet ya never thought about that before!!! The phenonomen is called a 'Hoobenism'...yup,you guessed it, it was named after me.

    Norm Hooben

    1. Thanks for pointing out that the spoken words "two" "to" and "too" are homonyms. You're absolutely correct. However, I'm not sure which sentence you're referring to when you say there's a grammatically incorrect sentence here. I don't see one. I appreciate your visit to the site and your comment.

    2. It is grammatically incorrect to write:

      1. "There are three two's in the English language."
      2. "There are three to's in the English language."
      3. "There are three too's in the English language."

      Each sentence is false when written based on the choice of words...a preposition, a noun, and an adverb.

  2. Sentence number 3 - should be four nights (you forgot the 's') a week.

    1. Thanks for your correction in sentence number 3. Your feedback is very welcome. It helps me to make this website better. Your comment benefits all the students who use Basic ESL to further their English skills.

  3. Ref:"I'm not sure which sentence you're referring to when you say there's a grammatically incorrect sentence here. I don't see one."

    1. There are three two's in the English language.

    2. There are three to's in the English language.

    3. There are three too's in the English language.

    All three of the above sentences are grammatically incorrect (or should I say, "false statements"?)... There is only one "to" in the English language, etc., etc.

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    indirect: he said that if he were me he would go to London.
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