Verbs Exercise (318)

Choose the correct verb tense (simple present or present continuous) to fill the blanks in the following sentences.

  • Every Wednesday, the children _____ their father after school.

  • Usually, he clerks at the supermarket, but this summer he ______ management skills at the home office.

  • Watch out! Your glasses ______ where you are about to sit.

  • The boy no longer gets excited when his father makes a date to go fishing because the man always ______.

  • How can you believe him when you know he ______ about the missing yogurt?

Answers and Explanations

1. Every Wednesday, the children visit their father after school.

A habitual action takes the simple present.

2. Usually, he clerks at the supermarket, but this summer he is learning management skills at the home office.

Use the present continuous for an action in progress.

3. Watch out! Your glasses are lying where you are about to sit.

Use the present continuous for an action in progress.

4. The boy no longer gets excited when his father makes a date to go fishing because the man always cancels.

Use the simple present for a habitual action.

5. How can you believe him when you know he is lying about the missing yogurt?

Use the present continuous for an action in progress.

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