Elementary grammar exercise: present simple vs. continuous (ex. 1)


English grammar practice exercise, beginner / elementary level.

This exercise helps you practise the difference between the present simple and present continuous tenses.

Instructions: put the verb into the present simple (I do) or present continuous (I’m doing) form:



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Structure of present simple
positive negative question
I work in a bank.
You work in a bank.
We work in a bank.
They work in a bank.
I don't (do not) work.
You don't (do not) work.
We don't (do not) work.
They don't (do not) work.
Do I work in a bank?
Do you work in a bank?
Do we work in a bank?
Do they work in a bank?
He works in a bank.
She works in a bank.
The bank opens at 9 o'clock.
He doesn't (does not) work.
She doesn't (does not) work.
It doesn't (does not) open at 9 o'clock.
Does he work?
Does she work?
Does it open at 9 o'clock?


Structure of present continuous
positive negative question
I'm (I am) reading a book.  
You're (you are) reading. 
We're (we are) reading. 
They're (they are) reading. 
I'm (I am) not reading.
You're (you are) not reading.
We're (we are) not reading.
They're (they are) not reading.
Am I reading?
Are you reading?
Are we reading?
Are they reading?
He's (he is) reading a book.
She's (she is) reading a book.
It's (it is) raining.
He's not / he isn't (he is not) reading.
She's not / she isn't (she is not) reading.
It's not / it isn't (it is not) raining.
Is he reading?
Is she reading?
Is it raining?





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