Today's lesson is from Amy Whiting, EC Cape Town English language school.
Present Simple is used to talk about routines and habits, it uses the form Subject + Verb
Example: We eat turkey at Christmas time
Present Continuous is used to describe something that is happening at the moment, and uses the form Subject + auxiliary Verb 'BE' + verb+ing
Example: I am eating turkey at the moment
The auxiliary verb 'BE' changes according to the subject. Complete these:
The holiday season is a busy time for most families! Have a look at what's happening inside the Hudson's house. Use the verbs in the brackets to describe the family's activities using either present simple or present continuous.
- The house is very noisy! Everyone (get) ready for Christmas.
- Mom is in the kitchen, she (roast) a turkey for dinner,
- and Julie (peel) the potatoes.
- Kelly and Sabrina (stand) in...
- ...the living room (sing) Christmas carols at the top of their voices.
- Melanie (laugh) at them.
- Dad always (chop) wood for the fire before Christmas dinner.
- He (be) outside now, freezing in the snow.
- Grandpa (hit) Charlie with his walking-stick...
- ...because he (stand) in front of the television.
- The Christmas tree is Katie's duty, she (put) it up every year.
- She usually (hang) red and gold decorations on the branches.
- The guests (arrive) soon,
- so the family (work) hard to get everything ready in time.
- Oh no! The dog (eat) the Christmas cake!
- The Christmas tree (fall) down!
- Christine catches the tree and Grandma (smack) the dog.
- They (be) very quick.
- Everyone (finish) their duties just in time and the Hudson's have a crazy, but wonderful Christmas!