Elementary grammar exercise: present simple
English grammar practice exercise, beginner / elementary level.
This exercise gives you practice using the present simple tense. You will practise verb forms, questions and negatives.
Instructions: Use the words in brackets to complete the following:
|Structure of present simple|
|I work in a bank.||I don't work in a bank.||Do I work in a bank?|
|You work in a bank.||You don't work in a bank.||Do you work in a bank?|
|He works in a bank.||He doesn't (does not) work in a bank.||Does he work in a bank?|
|She works in a bank.||She doesn't (does not) work in a bank.||Does she work in a bank?|
|It rains a lot.||It doesn't (does not) rain.||Does it rain a lot?|
|We work in a bank.||We don't work in a bank.||Do we work in a bank?|
|They work in a bank.||They don't work in a bank.||Do they work in a bank?|
|Present simple – common mistakes|
|Common mistakes||Correct version||Why?|
|I working in London.||I work in London.||The -ing form is not used in the present simple.|
|He work in London.||He works in London.||The third person he, she, it adds s.|
|He work in London?
Work he in London?
|Does he work in London?||Questions in third person: does + subject + infinitive. All other persons: do + subject + infinitive.|
|He not work in London.||He doesn't work in London.||Negatives in third person: subject + doesn't + infinitive. All other persons: subject + don't + infinitive.|