Lesson 70

English Course Online 70

Today’s Focus:

  • Vocabulary related to Preference and leisure activity
  • Grammar point: The present time can be divided up into various forms.


1/ Sentence Practice

The present time can be divided up into various forms.

 Present simple

Peter is watching the television, Saturday afternoon means sport in England.    (general truths)
He doesn’t always watch football but today his favourite side’s match is being broadcast. (Current habits)
Peter is a lifelong Crystal Palace supporter. (permanent situations and states)
A man goes to heaven and meets  Saint Peter at the Pearly gates. Peter tells him that his record has not been very good and that in order to enter he has to go back to earth to perform an act to show his devotion. Saint Peter tells him that he has a choice between going back to earth to move the Sahara desert to India or helping Crystal Palace win the league.
The man says to Saint Peter, give me the bucket and spade. (telling jokes and informal stories)
Just then the commentator says. Zaha passes to Benteke and its a goal. (Live sports commentary)
Peter imagines tomorrows headlines. Palace win against the odds. (newspaper headlines)
The game ends with a win for Crystal Palace but they are still uncertain of their future in the premiership.
(Reviews and summaries)
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. (Proverbs and sayings)
The season ends in May and Palace need another win to avoid the drop. ( the future for fixed events)
He will be so relieved once the season finishes. ( the future in time clauses)

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.


Present Continous

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)


Words and phrases associated with the present continuous.
( currently/ at the moment/ for the time being/ now/right now/ for now/ today/this week/at present/that’s/it’s the last time.)

2/ Vocabulary Practice

Preference and leisure activity
  • absorbing
  • adore
  • appeal
  • aspiration
  • content
  • craving
  • dedicated
  • delight
  • desire
  • devote
  • envy
  • exhilarating
  • fancy
  • fascination
  • favour
  • inclined
  • indulge
  • lifestyle
  • liking
  • motivated
  • obsessed
  • passion
  • pass time
  • pursue
  • proclivity
  • recreation
  • resolve
  • sedentary
  • socialise
  • strive
  • taste urge
  • tedious
  • trivial
  • unwind
  • welcome
  • yearn
  • 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

3/ Grammar Practice


4/ Practice Quiz

Complete the quizzes below.

  1. Today’s comprehension interactive video: 
  2. Today’s sentences drag and drop: 
  3. Today’s grammar fill in the right words: 


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