Simple present or present continuous?

September 3, 2013pdf

The simple present and the present continuous tenses can both be used to talk about the future. The simple present tense is used to talk about events which are part of a timetable. It is also used with a future meaning in subordinate clauses.

The present continuous tense is used to talk about pre-planned future events. In other cases, we are more likely to use a simple future tense.

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate verb form.

1. The summer term …………………….. on April 18th.

a) is starting

b) starts

2. My plane ………………. at 3.30.

a) leaves

b) is leaving

3. When ……………………. in Bangkok?

a) is the train arriving

b) does the train arrive

4. I will pay you back when I …………………….. a job.

a) will get

b) get

c) am getting

5. I ………………… to the US next week.

a) go

b) am going

6. She ………………….. for a new job.

a) looks

b) is looking

7. Granny’s train ………………….. at 5.30.

a) arrives

b) is arriving

8. I will tell you if I ………………….. her name.

a) will know

b) know

9. ‘What ………………… there?’ ‘I …………………. a cake.’

a) do you do; make

b) are you doing; am making

10. I ………………….. Lucia on Tuesday.

a) see

b) am seeing

Answers

1. The summer term starts on April 18th.

2. My plane leaves at 3.30.

3. When does the train arrive in Bangkok?

4. I will pay you back when I get a job.

5. I am going to the US next week.

6. She is looking for a new job.

7. Granny’s train arrives at 5.30.

8. I will tell you if I know her name.

9. ‘What are you doing there?’ ‘I am making a cake.’

10. I am seeing Lucia on Tuesday.

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