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.


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