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Put the verbs in brackets into the present simple or the present continuous.

1Debbie (work) as an administrator at the university. She (organise) all the timetables and teaching schedules. She (work) very long hours at the moment because itís the start of the academic year but she (go) on a short holiday at the end of the month.

2Simon and Sylvia (stay) in a cottage in the Yorkshire Dales this month. The cottage (belong) to a cousin of Sylviaís but the cousin is away: she (cycle) around Norfolk for a few weeks. Simon and Sylvia often (use) the cottage when Sylviaís cousin is away. They really (enjoy) being in the middle of the countryside.

3The International School for Languages (do) very well at the moment. About two hundred students (take) evening classes this term. Many of them (need) to learn a new language to improve their job prospects but some of them (learn) a new language purely for pleasure. The European languages (be) very popular but Japanese and Russian (get) more popular too. The school (provide) good learning facilities and (organise) a range of study tours.

4The world population (still increase) rapidly. Many people in the world (already starve) and many more (suffer) from malnutrition. The population (grow) fastest in the poorest countries where people (need) to have children to look after them in their old age and where many of their children (die) at a very young age.

Put the verbs in brackets into the present simple or the present continuous.


Maggie and Jill, two friends, are talking at a party.


M: Jill, how nice to see you. I 1) ..... (not think) weíve seen each other since that party at Jimís last year. How 2) ..... (you / get on)?

J: Oh, fine. Everything 3) ..... (go) very well.

M: 4) ..... (you still / go out) with Dave?

J: No, Iím not, but I 5) ..... (go out) with someone called Jamie. I met him on my pottery class.

M: Is he here now?

J: Yes look, heís over there. He 6) ..... (talk) to Charlotte.

M: Oh yes, I 7) ..... (see) him. 8) ..... (he / wear) a yellow jumper?

J: Yes, thatís him.

M: Oh, he 9) ..... (look) really nice.

J: He is. Iíll introduce you to him when he 10) ..... (come) over here. So what about you? How 11) ..... (life / treat) you ?

M: Not too badly. I 12) ..... (still / work) at that awful cafe. I 13) ..... (keep) looking for other jobs but the problem is that I 14) ..... (feel) so tired when I 15) ..... (get in) that 16) ..... (not have) much energy to look through all the job ads and everything. Oh well, I 17) ..... (suppose) something else will come up soon.

J: I 18) ..... (hope) so. Oh look, Jamie 19) ..... (come over) here.

20) ..... ( you want) to meet him ?

M: Oh yes.


Read the text below and look carefully at each line. In most of the lines there is one word that does not fit grammatically. Write this unwanted word on the right. If a line is correct, put a tick. The first two are given as examples.



0 This week in Kyoto in Japan the latest conference

00 on the environment is being taking place. The whole

1 world is today watching to see what happens 2 as delegates from more than 165 countries discuss

3 what measures need not to be taken to reduce the

4 fumes that do create the Greenhouse Effect. They

5 are hope to agree on ways of reducing the amount

6 of carbon dioxide and other gases that we

7 send into the atmosphere. These gases to act the way a

8 greenhouse does and, as a result, the Earth is

9 be getting hotter and hotter all the time. The

10 temperature it is rising gradually and

11 in 100 yearsí time the Earth will be hotter by about 4įC

12 The problem is be getting worse as more cars

13 are make an appearance on our already crowded roads.

14 The solution in Kyoto is depends on what the United States,

15 the most powerful nation on Earth, feels is in its interests.


State Verbs

State verbs are verbs which do not normally have continuous tenses because they describe a state rather than an action. These include:

* verbs which express likes and dislikes: like, love, hate, dislike, enjoy, prefer, etc. e.g. Cathy likes romantic films.

* verbs of perception: believe, know, notice, remember, forget, recognise, understand, realise, seem, think, etc. e.g. I donít believe a word heís saying.

* verbs of the senses: see, hear, feel, taste, look, smell, sound. We often use can or could with these verbs when we refer to what we see, hear, etc. at the moment of speaking. e.g. The soup tastesdelicious.

* some other verbs:be, contain, fit, include, matter, need, belong, cost, owe, mean, own, appear, want, have(possess),etc. e.g. This book is mine. It belongs to me.

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