English Grammar Exercises: Present Tense, Continuous Tense, and Common Mistakes

English Grammar Exercises

Present Tense vs. Present Continuous

1. Nicky is thinking of giving up her job.                ok

2. Do you believe in God?                                      no

3. I’m feeling hungry. Is there anything to eat?     ok

4. This sauce is great. It tastes really good.         no

5. I think this is your key. Am I right?                    no

You don’t seem very happy today. 

What are you doing? Be quiet! I’m thinking.

Who does this umbrella belong to? I have no idea.

The dinner smells good.

Excuse me. Is anybody sitting there? No, it’s free.

These gloves don’t fit me. They’re too small.

Are you hungry? (Do you want) something to eat?

Don’t put the dictionary away.(I’m using) it.

Don’t put the dictionary away. I (need) it.

Who is that man? What (does he want)?

Who is that man? Why (is he looking) at us?

Alan says he’s 80 years old, but nobody (believes) him.

She told me her name, but I( don’t remember) it now.

(I’m thinking )of selling my car. Would you be interested in buying it?

(I think )you should sell your car. You don’t use it very often.

Air ( consists )mainly of nitrogen and oxygen.

I can’t understand why (he’s being )so selfish. He isn’t usually like that.

Sarah (is being) very nice to me at the moment. I wonder why.

You’ll like Debbie when you meet her. She (is)very nice. 

You’re usually very patient, so why( are you being) so unreasonable about waiting ten more minutes?

Why isn’t Steve at work today? (Is he ) ill?


1. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.                                        OK                                                           2. The water is boiling. Can you turn it off? 3. Look! That man is trying to open the door of your car. 4. Can you hear those people? What are they talking about? OK 5. The moon goes round the earth in about 27 days. OK 6. I must go now. It‘s getting late. 7. I usually go to work by car. OK 8. ´Hurry up! It’s time to leave.` ´Ok, I‘m coming. 9. I hear you’ve got a new job. How are you getting on 10. Paul is never late. He’s always getting to work on time. OK 11. They don’t get on well. They’re always arguing. OK

1. Let’s go out. It isn’t raining now.                                                                                           2. Julia is very good at languages. She speaks four languages very well.                                       3. Hurry up! Everybody is waiting for you.                                                                                     4. ´Are you listening to the radio?` ´No, you can turn it off.`                                                 5. ´Do you listen to the radio every day?` ´No, just occasionally.`                                        6. The river Nile flows into the Mediterranean.                                                                                 7. The river is flowing very fast today – much faster than usual.                                                     8. We usually grow vegetables in our garden, but this year we aren’t growing any.                                                                                                                                 9. A: How’s your English? B: Not bad. I think it is improving slowly.                                                                                                                                            10. Rachel is in London at the moment. She is staying at the Park Hotel. She always stays there when she’s in London.                                                                                                                         11. Can we stop walking soon? I am starting to feel tired.                                                                  12. A: Can you drive? B: I am learning. My father is teaching me.                           13. Normally I finish work at five, but this week I am working until six to earn a little more money.                                                                                                                                                           14. My parents are living in Manchester. They were born there and have never lived anywhere else. Where do your parents live?                                                                            15. Sonia is looking for a place to live. She is staying with her sister until she finds somewhere.                                                                                                                                              16. A: What does your brother do?                                                                                    17. (at party) I usually enjoy parties, but I‘m not enjoying this one very much.

1. A: I’ve lost my pen again. B: Not again! You‘re always losing your pen.                                              2. A: The car has broken down again. B: That car is useless. It is always breaking down.                           3. A: Look! You’ve made the same mistake again. B: Oh no, not again! I am always making the same mistake.                                                                                                                                                         4. A: Oh, I’ve forgotten my glasses again. B: Typical! You‘re always forgetting your glasses