The simple present and the present continuous PEG 164-74
Put the verbs in brackets into the correct present tense.
I Mrs Jones: My daughter never (write) to me so I never (know) what she (do). Your son (write) to you, Mrs Smith? Mrs Smith: Yes, I (hear) from him every week. He (seem) to like writing letters.
2 These apples (cost) 40p a bag. You (think) that is expensive? ~ It (depend) on the size of the bag.
3 I (see) my solicitor tomorrow (/ have arranged this)', I (change) my will. ~ You always (change) your will. Why you (not leave) it alone?
4 You (look) very thoughtful. What you (think) about? ~ I (think) about my retirement. ~ But you're only 25. You only just (start) your career. ~ I (know); but I (read) an article which (say) that a sensible man (start) thinking about
retirement at 25.
5 My next door neighbour always (knock) on my door and (ask) me lend her lOp
pieces. ~ What she (do) with them? ~
She (put) them in her gas meter. I really (not mind) lending her a few l0p pieces but
what (annoy) me is that she (know) how many she (need) each week but never (take)
the trouble to bring the right number home. ~
6 What she (do) if she (run out) of them when you are away? ~ Oh, she (borrow) from her other neighbour, Mr White; but this (take) longer because
he always (want) her to stay and chat and she (find) quite hard to get away from him. ~
7 How much she (owe) you now? ~
I (not know); I (not keep) an account. Anyway she (leave) next week; she (get)
married. I (try) to think of a suitable wedding present, ~
8 Why you (not offer) to cancel her debt? ~ That (sound) rather a mean sort of present. Anyway she probably (not realize) that she
(owe) me money. ~
9 My brother (say) that people who (owe) him money always (seem) forget about it, but people he (owe) money to always (remember) exactly.
10 I (not think) your brother (enjoy) the party. He (keep) looking at his watch. ~
Oh, I'm sure he (enjoy) it. He always (enjoy) your parties. But I (know) he (want) to be
home early tonight because he (expect) an important telephone call.
11 Jack: How much longer you (stay) in England? Paul: Only one more day. I (leave) tomorrow night. I (go) to Holland for two weeks.
12 Jack: And you (come) back to England after that or you (go) home? Paul: It (depend) on my father. But if he (agree) to let me go on studying here, I'll certainly come back. And I (expect) he will agree.
13 Paul: By the way, Jack, Ann (see) me off at Victoria tomorrow. Why you (not come) too? You could have coffee with her afterwards.
(Paul is advising/inviting Jack to come and see him off.)
14 You (see) that man at the corner of the street? He is a private detective. He (watch) No. 24. ~ How you (know) he (watch) No. 24? ~ Because whenever anyone (come) out of, or (go) into, the house he (make) a note in his little book.
15 What all those people (do) in the middle of the street? And why they (wear) such extraordinary clothes? ~
They (make) a film. Most of the crowd are local people who (work) as extras. ~
16 It (sound) great fun. You (think) I could get a job as a film extra? ~ I (not know) but I (see) Ann over there; when they (finish) this scene I'll ask her if they still (take) on extras. ~
17 Ann (act) in the film? ~
She has a small part. She (not act) very well. I (imagine) she got the part because she
(know) the director.
18 My brother (live) next door and his two children (come) and (see) me every day. The boy (not bother) to knock at the door; he just (climb) in through the window; but the girl always (knock).
19 Tom: We (move) into our new house tomorrow. Bill: But why you (leave) your present house? It (suit) you all. Tom: Yes, I (know) it (do); but the Council (pull down) all the houses on this side. They (widen) the road. They (say) it's a bottleneck.
20 If you (ask) a friend if she (like) your new dress she usually (say) 'Yes'; so you
(not know) whether she really (think) it (suit) you or whether she merely (be) polite.
21 If you (want) a candid opinion you'd better ask my sister. She never (tell) white lies; she always (say) exactly what she (think).
22 Your sister's frankness (annoy) people? ~ Yes, it (do). The average person (not want) a truthful answer; he (want) you to say something agreeable.
23 I (hear) that you have bought a new house. ~ Yes, but I (not live) in it yet. They still (work) on it, and the work (take) longer than I expected. ~
24 I (think) repair jobs always (take) longer than one (expect). What they (do) now? ~
They (put) in new electric points. They (seem) competent electricians but they (smoke)
at their work and this (slow) them down.
25 They always (hammer) next door. ~
Yes, that house (keep) changing hands and the new owner always (begin) by putting in
a new fireplace, and their fireplace is just on the other side of this wall so we (hear)
everything. The wall (shake), too.
26 Ann (stir) something in a saucepan and Mary (stand) beside her holding a cookery
Mary: It (say) 'simmer', and you (boil) it, Ann. Ann: I (not think) it (matter) if you (cook) it quickly; but I (not know) why it (not get)
thick. It usually (thicken) at once.
27 The hall (be) painted at the moment, so it (not look) its best. ~ But where are the painters? They (stop) work at 3.00? ~ No, they are in the kitchen. They (have) a tea break.
28 What the word 'Establishment' (mean)? My dictionary (not give) an explanation. ~
It roughly (mean) the government and people who (have) power and authority.
29 If we (say) that Mr Brown (belong) to the Establishment we also (imply) that he (accept) the existing system. He (not try) to overthrow it. ~
30 All rich men (belong) to the Establishment? ~ Middle-aged rich men probably (do) but rich young men like pop singers always (jeer) at the Establishment. The word (be used) chiefly in a pejorative sense.
31 The house opposite the college (be pulled) down. That's why we (use) the back entrance at present. If you (go) out by the front door you (get) covered with dust.
32 Tom: I (smell) something burning!
Jack: So (do) 1. I (think) it (come) from the kitchen. Ann probably (iron). She usually
(iron) and (watch) TV at the same time and if she (get) very interested in a programme
she (forget) that she (press) a hot iron on to somebody's shirt. Mother (think) of selling
the TV set.
33 Mrs Jones: What you (look) for, Tom? Mr Jones: I (look) for the garage key. I always (look) for the garage key, because nobody ever (put) it back on its hook. Mrs Jones: I always (put) it back on its hook. Why you (not try) your pockets?
(I advise you to try your pockets).
34 Imagine that you (travel) by train, in a crowded compartment. One of the passengers (read) a newspaper; another (do) a crossword puzzle; another (look out) of the window. Suddenly the train (stop) with a jerk and your suitcase (fall) off the rack on to somebody's toes.
35 This is a story about an invalid who (spend) most of the day in bed. He has a powerful telescope and he (amuse) himself by watching the activities of the people in the opposite houses. One day when he (watch) No. 24 he (see) a murder being committed.
36 The cashier used to do the accounts and I used to check his figures now the computer (do) it all. ~ And who (check) the computer? ~ No one. The computer (not need) a second opinion. ~ And what (happen) if the computer (make) a mistake? The computer never (make) a mistake.