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present tenses (general)


Worksheets for present tenses (general)
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Present tense squares - correction / speaking (1710)
Sixteen squares with sentences for correction. Answers provided. Cut up and do in groups of 3 / 4. Covers present simple, present continuous and present perfect and touches on stative and dynamic verbs


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Error slips : present tenses and common errors (387)


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Dominoes - present tenses (377)
focuses on time expressions for present simple and continuous


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Present simple vs continuous (60)
Sentences and pairs of sentences illustrating different uses of present continuous and contrasted with present simple. Ss discuss in pairs



Quizzes for present tenses (general)Page top ↑
Present tenses quiz 1 (187)
Multiple-choice concept quiz


Present simple and present continuous quiz (1026)
Ten-question MC quiz.



Matching exercises for present tenses (general)Page top ↑
Present tenses matching activity 1 (188)
Match examples with concepts


Present tenses matching activity 2 (189)
Match examples with concepts


Book references for present tenses (general)Page top ↑

General English course books (adults)

Global Intermediate Coursebook book cover Global Intermediate Coursebook 
Lindsay Clandfield   Rebecca Robb Benne   
Unit 1 Language & Culture  Page 9   Present simple and present continuous

Global Upper Intermediate students' book book cover Global Upper Intermediate students' book 
Lindsay Clandfield   Rebecca Robb Benne   
Unit 1 Alive & Well  Page 9   Present tenses
Present simple, present continuous, present perfect

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 
Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 2 Relax  Pages 18 - 19
Present simple, present continuous, present perfect. Present simple for habits / routines and permanent situations. Present continuous for temporary and changing situations. Present perfect.

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 
Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
Module 4 Special occasions  Pages 34 - 35
Pictures and texts showing people's lives contrasting the two tenses

Photocopiable resource books

Elementary Grammar Games book cover Elementary Grammar Games 
Jill Hadfield   
31 - Present simple or present continuous  Page 31 
Small groups. Matching game with picture cards. Ss match action cards with job cards based on picture clues.

Intermediate Communication Games book cover Intermediate Communication Games 
Jill Hadfield   
24 - School reunion  Page 24 
Find information to complete statements about past and present habits.

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