1/ Sentence Practice
Emphatic present simple
He does like watching his team win. ( to emphasize strong feeling )
Palace might not be the best team but they are the most unpredictable. ( to emphasize contrast)
There is never a dull moment when you are a Crystal Palace supporter.
Words and Phrases often used with the present simple.
always/usually/ generally/ often/ sometimes/ rarely/ never/ whenever/ seldom/these days/ nowadays/ from time to time/most/ much of the time/every now and then/It’s/ that’s the last time.
At this moment Peter is still watching the television. ( actions happening now)
Other games are finishing and Peter is wondering what the results are. (actions happening around now)
He isn’t seeing the results because of the publicity break. (tempory situations and series of actions)
More and more money is being invested in football and smaller clubs are finding it difficult to compete.(changing and developing situations)
Crystal Palace are always trying to avoid relegation. (Annoying or amusing habits usually linked with always)
A small man goes into a pub, there is a tall man standing inside with a dog. The small man asks the tall man if his dog bites. The tall man says, that no, his dog doesn’t bite. The small man strokes the dog and the dog bites him. The small man then says to the tall man that I thought he said that his dog didn’t bite. The tall man says that he did say that and that his dog doesn’t bite and that the dog that is standing next to him is not his.
( background information in jokes and informal stories and anecdotes)
Who are Palace playing next week? (the future for arrangements)
Peter will probably be a bit stressed when he is watching the game next week. ( the future in time clauses)
1/ Sentence Practice
- pass time
- to get into
- to grow on
- to warm to
- go off
- hang around
- to keep up with
- mess about
- centre on
- to go along
- take out
- to chill out
Present simple and Present continuous
We use the present simple or simple present for:
- repeated actions:
I always get up at eight o’clock sharp.
He never remembers people’s names.
They often come for Sunday lunch.
- sequence of actions in the present:
I get up, shower, have breakfast, and brush my teeth.
They wash her hair, trim it, and blow dry it.
He mows the lawn, trims the bushes, and rakes the dead leaves.
- things in general
The sun sets in the west.
The birds migrate in the winter.
Squirrels hibernate around September or October.
We use the following signal words with the present simple:
- every day = each day, daily.
I go to work every day.
- sometimes = occasionally.
Sometimes he likes to cook.
- always = at all times.
The sun always rises in the east.
- often = frequently.
How often do you clean the house?
- usually = under normal conditions.
He usually arrives home about 7pm.
- seldom = not often.
He was seldom absent at school.
- never = not ever.
I will never forget this day!
First he walks the down, then he cooks dinner.
We use this tense for an action happening at the moment of speaking. The present continuous is also called present progressive.
We use the following signal words with the present continuous.
- now = at the present time or moment.
Are they rehearsing for the play now?
- at the moment = at the present time
He’s unavailable at the moment.
Look! It’s hailing!
Listen! This is my favourite song of all times!
Questions and Answers
1/ Vocabulary Sentence
Can you get into this kind of music?
I haven’t got the time at the moment.
Do you think it will grow on you?
I doubt it, it just doesn’t turn me on.
Could you warm to her company?
Yes I could, she is very personable.
Do the Spanish have a proclivity for hard work?
You would have to ask them that.
What about he French?
I don’t think you can generalise.
Are you ever serious?
I do tend to mess around a lot.
Do you attend church?
I used to go along there, when I was young.
Did you take Susan out the other day?
I did, how did you know?
Would you say that you strived for better things?
I certainly have the urge but I don’t really strive.
Are Crystal Palace as good as they say?
That depends on who they are.
Now test time, how would you pronounce these words?