Present Simple or Present Progressive

Exercise:
Use the correct form of the verb "to have" (present simple or present progressive) to fill in the gaps.

1.) I ___________ two sons and a daughter.

2.) We ___________ some friends over tonight.

3.) I´m afraid she __________ lunch right now.

4.) ______ you _______ any brothers?

5.) Suddenly I __________ doubts about his statement.

6.) We __________ the office professionally redecorated.

Past Progressive and Simple Past

Exercise:

Lisa met a lot of people in the shopping centre last week. What was happening each time? Fill in the blanks.

1.) Lisa ___________ (listen) to the radio when Remco ___________ (arrive).

2.) When Svenja ____________ (get) there, Lisa ______________ (talk) to Remco.

3.) When Jessica _____________ (meet) them, Svenja and Lisa ______________ (look) at Remco´s new CD.

4.) When Antonia and Jessica _____________ (see) Lisa, she _____________ (buy) some new shoes.

5.) Lisa __________ (sit) in the restaurant when Daniel __________ (find) her.

6.) When her mum and dad (meet) ____________ her, Lisa ____________ (eat) a big ice-cream with Daniel and Remco.

Passive form

Put the verbs in the correct passive form.

Hi, I´m Susan. I´ve been to Phantasialand four times. The first time was four years ago. I ____________ (to take) there by my parents. It was a birthday present, and I loved it. So I ____________ (to take) there for all my birthdays since then. And this year I went there with my tennis team. We ____________________ (to drive) there by coach. It was awesome. Did you know that the park _______________ (to change) a bit every year? Sometimes rides _______________ (to improve). And two years ago a new one _________________ (to build). I´m sure another one _______________ (to add) soon.

Present Perfect Progressive

Fill in the verbs in the present perfect progressive. Then put in "for" or "since".


1. Susan: This weather! It ______________ (snow) without a break ________ (for/since) lunch time. Let´s hope it will stop this evening.

2. Tom: This is hopeless! We ________________ (look) for a place to park the car ______ (for/since) half an hour.

3. Richard: The path is so steep here! I would like to go home now. We ________________ (climb) ________ (for/since) nearly three hours.

4. Emily: This meal was good! But let´s go back to work now. We ______________ (sit) here ________ (since/for) twelve o´clock.

5. Steven: Yes, I agree, we should go now. I ________________(watch) the weather _______ (for/since) a while now, and I think, it´s getting worse.

6. Kelly: Let´s hurry then. Those clouds over there ________ (get) darker ______ (for/since) some time now.

Reported and Indirect Speech

There are different possibilities to express the content of statements and questions without quoting them.

Important:

a) If the reporting verb like "say", "tell" is in present tense, you don´t need to change the the tense.

p.e.: "Go home!" My boss tells me to go home.

b) If the reporting verb is in past tense, you need to change the tense.

Tense Direct Speech Reported Speech
present simple I´m hunry. She told me that she was hungry.
present continuous I am living in Paris. He said to me that he was living in Paris.
past simple I fell asleep. Mom said that she had fallen asleep.
past continuous I was living in Berlin. He said that he had been living in Berlin.
present perfect I haven´t talked to Anna. She told me that she hadn´t talked to Anna.
past perfect I had taken French lessons before. He said that he had taken French lessons before.
will-future I will see you later He told me that he would see me later.

c) You also need to change the time expressions

now then/at that time
tomorrow the following day
today that day
yesterday     the day before
last night the night before
last week the week before/previous week

 

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