Exercise – Present Continuous Vs. Present Simple

Present Continuous vs. Present Simple

Exercise Set 1

  1. Light ____________________ (to travel) at 299,792,458 meters per second.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] travels [/show_more]
  2. I ____________________ (to get) burned. My skin’s all red already. Let’s go out of the sun somewhere.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] am getting [/show_more]
  3. Haha, look. That car ____________________ (to go) the wrong way down a one-way street.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] is going [/show_more]
  4. My dog is wagging his tail. I wonder what he ____________________ (to dream) about.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] is dreaming [/show_more]
  5. Eggs ____________________ (to boil) in about 10 minutes more or less depending on how hard you want them.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] boil [/show_more]
  6. Let’s turn the light on. It ____________________ (to get) dark.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] is getting [/show_more]
  7. I ____________________ (usually / to wake up) early.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] usually wake up [/show_more]
  8. Do you understand? Do you follow me?          Yes, yes, I ____________________ (to listen).
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] am listening [/show_more]
  9. How about your new employee? How ____________________ (he / to perform)?
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] is he performing [/show_more]
  10. My best friend is always a really good sport. He ____________________ (never / to get) upset when he loses.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] never gets [/show_more]
  11. She doesn’t seem very healthy. She ____________________ (always / to sneeze).
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] always sneezes OR is always sneezing [/show_more]

Exercise Set 2

  1. It should be a nice day. The sun ____________________ (to shine).
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] is shining [/show_more]
  2. Most Dutch people ____________________ (to speak) at least three languages.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] speak [/show_more]
  3. Good luck in your game. We ____________________ (all / to root) for you.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] are all rooting [/show_more]
  4. ____________________ (you / to use) the computer?          No, go for it. It’s all yours.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] Are you using [/show_more]
  5. ____________________ (you / to check) your phone every morning when you wake up?          Duh, yeah.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] Do you check [/show_more]
  6. The remains of Pompeii ____________________ (to sit) at the foot of the remains of Mount Vesuvius.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] sits [/show_more]
  7. Your client ____________________ (to wait). He ____________________ (to sit) in the lobby.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] is waiting / is sitting [/show_more]
  8. ____________________ (I / usually / to read) nonfiction, but now ____________________ (I / to read) a novel.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] I usually read / I am reading [/show_more]
  9. Hey, I heard you broke your leg. How is it?          Not bad. It feels like it ____________________ (to heal) quickly.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] is healing [/show_more]
  10. Leonard, what are you doing? I ____________________ (to watch) sports. I ____________________ (always / to watch) sports on Sundays.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] am watching / always watch [/show_more]
  11. Oh no. Did you bring your umbrella? It looks like it ____________________ (to start) to rain.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] is starting [/show_more]
  12. Do you know how to type?          No, but I ____________________ (to learn). I ____________________ (to take) a typing class.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] am learning / am taking [/show_more]
  13. Normally ____________________ (I / to eat) eggs for breakfast, but I’m on a special diet now, so ____________________ (I / not / to eat) breakfast at all.  
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] I eat eggs / I don’t eat OR I’m not eating [/show_more]
  14. Wild tigers ____________________ (to live) in Asia.          Oh, really? I am from California, but ____________________ (currently / to live) in Switzerland.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] live / am currently living [/show_more]
  15. My car broke down, so I ____________________ (to get) it fixed. In the meantime, I ____________________ (to ride) the subway to work.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] am getting / ride OR am riding [/show_more]
  16. What ____________________ (you / to do) for fun?          When I have time, I like to go out, but lately I ____________________ (I / to do / nothing / but / to work).
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] do you do / I do nothing but work OR I am doing nothing but working [/show_more]
  17. Hi, what are you doing?          Not much: watching a movie. It’s boring. I usually really like Stanley Kubrick films, but this one ____________________ (to put) me to sleep.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] is putting [/show_more]

Exercise Set 3

  1. Oh no. I locked my keys in the car.          Ooo, really, again? You __________ (to make) that mistake a lot.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] make OR are making [/show_more]
  2. The power is out again. No wifi.          Man, is this the third world? The power _____________________ (always / to go out).
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] always goes out OR is always going out [/show_more]
  3. There’s a (hippy) rock festival next week. I bought tickets.         Haha, ok. You ____________________ (to hang out) to those things all the time lately. Are you a hippy?
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] hang out OR are hanging out [/show_more]
  4. There was another coup in my country this month. I guess we have a funny country. We ____________________ (to stage) coups constantly.
    [show_more more=”show answer” less=hide size=90] stage coups OR are staging coups [/show_more]

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Graphic: The Continuous