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. 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?

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