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:



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Structure of present simple
positive negative question
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.