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7. Present Simple

- Practice

A Use (1)

Look at each underlined verb and say what kind of meaning it expresses. Is it a thought, a feeling, a fact or a repeated action?

  • Matthew loves sport. a feeling
  • Sarah often works late at the office. a repeated action

1. I hate quiz programmes.
2. We play table tennis every Thursday.
3. The computer belongs to Emma.
4. These plates cost 20 pounds each.
5. I believe it's the right thing to do.
6. I'm hungry. I want something to eat.
7. I usually go to work by bus.
8. It's OK. I understand your problem.

B Forms (2-3)

Complete the sentences by putting in the verbs. Use the Present Simple. You have to decide if the verb is positive or negative.

  • Claire is very sociable. She knows (know) lots of people.
  • We've got plenty of chairs, thanks. We don't want (want) any more.

1. My friend is finding life in Paris a bit difficult. He ........ (speak) French.
2. Most students live quite close to the college, so they .. (walk) there.
3. My sports kit is really muddy. This shirt . (need) a good wash.
4. I've got four cats and two dogs. I .............. (love) animals.
5. No breakfast for Mark, thanks. He .......... (eat) breakfast.
6. What's the matter? You .. (look) very happy.
7. Don't try to ring the bell. It .............. (work).
8. I hate telephone answering machines. I just .......... (like) talking to them.
9. Matthew is good at badminton. He.. (win) every game.
10. We always travel by bus. We. (own) a car.

C Forms (2-3)

Complete the conversation. Put in the Present Simple forms.

Rita: Do you like (you / like) football, Tom?
Tom:
I love (I / love) it. I'm a united fan. (1) (I / go) to all their games. Nick usually (2) ......... (come) with me. And (3)............... (we / travel) to away games, too. Why (4)........... (you /not/come) to a match some time?
Rita: I'm afraid football (5) .. (not / make) sense to me - men running after a ball. Why (6). (you / take) it so seriously?
Tom: It's a wonderful game. (7). (I / love) it. United are my whole life.
Rita: How much (8).. (it /cost) to buy the tickets and pay for the travel?
Tom: A lot. (9) (I / not/know) exactly how much. But (10). (that / not / matter) to me. (11).. (I / not/want) to do anything else. (12). (that / annoy) you?
Rita: No, (13) . (it / not / annoy) me. I just (14) ........ (find) it a bit sad.

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