Simple Present tense of Common verbs

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Simple Present tense of Common verbs

Everyday life in the US

Instructions: Read the text while looking at the words in bold.

Waking up: Most american people wake up between 6:30 am and 7:30 am. Then, they head into personal care such as showering and brushing teeth, and then head to work, eat breakfast, relax for a bit, and do housework.

Lunch hour: From noon to 1:00 pm, people see a lot of movement from work or housework to eating and drinking and then back again. Many americans also take the time to relax.

Getting off work: People head home to prepare and/or at dinner once the clock strikes 5:00 pm.

Winding down: Between 10:00 pm and midnight, people wind down for the day, shifting from leisure to personal care and eventually going to sleep.

A day in the life of Americans. This i show American runs. Retrieved and adapted January, 2017 from http://flowingdata.com/2015/12/15/a-day-in-the-life-of-americans/

Getting started: Most common activities in the US

Instructions: Read the following information about the US:

American people spend their time on various activities during the day. The average person sleeps 7 to 8 hours on an average night, but some get a lot less and others get a lot more. It’s the same way with work. However, typical time use also varies by who you talk to.

A 15-year-old spends the day differently than an adult who works full-time. Education is the leading activity for the former. As people get older and pass retirement age, it’s much more likely their working hours decrease, which leaves a lot more time to get their leisure on.

The typical time thresholds apply. In the late night and early morning, most people are sleeping regardless of age and sex. Then at around eight o'clock people commute to work. At five o’clock hour people head home.

For older aged, sleep shifts to earlier times, leisure time stays number one for most of the day after morning household activities, and most retire by the age 65.

Most Common Use of Time, By Age and Sex. Retrieved and adapted January, 2017 from http://flowingdata.com/2015/11/30/most-common-use-of-time-by-age-and-sex/

Americans

Instructions: Correct the following statements according to the text.

  1. The average person works 7 to 8 hours on an average night. .
  2. A 15-year-old keeps the day differently than an adult who works full-time. .
  3. As people drop older and pass retirement age, it's much more likely their working hours decrease. .
  4. At eight o'clock hours, people walk to work. At five o'clock people head home. .
  5. For older aged, sleep shifts to earlier times, leisure time goes number one for most of the day. .
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Let’s check out the Simple Present Tense of Common verbs.

Instructions: Look at the following information about the Simple Present Tense of Common verbs.

Remember: We use the Simple Present of Common Verbs to talk about:

  1. Every day activities
  2. Facts
  3. Habits or customs

Examples

  • I go to school from Monday to Friday.
  • The Earth turns around the Sun.
  • David plays the guitar.
  • The boys study in the afternoon.

IMPORTANT: Notice that we add an “S” to the verbs with He, She, It.

 

Look at the word order in the Positive form:

SubjectVerb Complement
Igoto school from Monday to Friday.
The Earthturnsaround the Sun.
Davidplaysthe guitar.
The dogbarksa lot.
The boysstudyIn the afternoon.
My family and Ihavebreakfast together.

 

Now, look at the word order in the Negative form:

SubjectAuxiliary + notVerb (Simple form)Complement
Idon’tlikeSalsa music.
Youdon’tlistento Classical music.
Hedoesn’tplayany musical instrument.
Shedoesn´tsingvery well.
Itdoesn’tsoundwell.
Wedon’tdanceRock & Roll.
Theydon’thavea CD player.

 

Let’s review the word order in the Interrogative form with short answers.

AuxiliarySubjectVerb (Simple form)Complement?Positive & Negative Short Answers
Doyougoto football match?Yes, I do. / No, I don´t.
Doeshelikeplaying football?Yes, he does. / No, he doesn´t.
Doessheplayfootball?Yes, she, does./ No, she doesn’t.
Doesitbitethe ball?Yes, it does./ No, it doesn´t.
Do theylistento the football match?Yes, they do./ No, they don’t

 

Finally, let’s check out the word order with Question words:

Question wordAuxiliarySubjectVerb (Simple form)Complement?Specific answers
Whatdoyoudoin your free time?I listen to music.
Wheredoesshestudylaw?At UNAM.
Whendotheyplaywith their children?In the afternoon.

 

Quiz

Simple Present – Positive and negative form

Instructions: Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verb in parenthesis.

  1. I usually (go) to school by car.
  2. My family (not visit) us very often.
  3. My son (play) football on Saturdays.
  4. Michael (not work) every day from 7 to 5.
  5. My grandfather always (tell) us interesting stories.
  6. My sister never (help) me with the homework.
  7. My friends and I (not swim) three times a week.
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Quiz

Simple Present – Interrogative form

Instructions: Complete the sentences with Do or Does and the right form of the verb in parenthesis.

  1. James (fly) to Europe very often?
  2. you (go) with him?
  3. people (like) watching TV series?
  4. your father (watch) action movies?
  5. you (love) dancing rock?
  6. David (dance) with you at parties?
  7. Michael and Ellie (eat) out at the weekend?
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Evaluation

A conversation

Instructions: Complete the following conversation with the right form of the verb in parenthesis and an auxiliary when necessary.

  1. - Where your father (work)?
  2. - He (work) for a large British company.
  3. - What he (do)?
  4. - He is in charge of the finance department.
  5. - And what about your mother? What she (do)?
  6. - She (take) care of my little brothers.
  7. - And you (work)?
  8. - Yes, I (work) for a Japanese company. I (prepare) training programs for managers in our Tokyo office.
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