Les temps du présent 

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Le présent simple 


Put the following verbs to the simple present in the 1st and 3rd person singular : 

                                                    1st                                      3rd 


1. To call                                    I call                                he/she/it calls
2. To say                                    I say                                 he/she/it says
3. To burn                                 I burn                              he/she/it burns

4. To be                                      I am                                 he/she/it is
5. To mix                                    I mix                                he/she/it mixes

6. To take                                   I take                              he/she/it takes

7. To blow                                  I blow                              he/she/it blows 

8. To decide                               I decide                          he/she/it decides        

9. To hurry                                 I hurry (up)                    he/she/it hurries (up) 


to hurry along: faire se dépêcher (work) : accélérer,  se presser (v.i.)
to hurry up: se dépêcher, faire accélérer
to hurry back: se dépêcher de revenir 


10. To worry                                 I worry                          he/she/it worries

11. To see                                      I see                               he/she/it sees 

12. To prove                                 I prove                           he/she/it proves 

13. To pay                                     I pay                               he/she/it pays
14. To drink                                  I drink                           he/she/it drinks
15. To marry                                I marry                          he/she/it marries


EX 2 - NIVEAU 1 

Fill in the blanks with each verb and give the context. You may also use an adverb of frequency (often, never, sometimes, usually etc.) 


Ex. I never play football on Sunday. (action habituelle

Now, it's your turn ! 

1. British people  usually drink a lot of tea. 

2. A teacher often repeats the same things all day long. 

3. What do you do on Sundays? 

4. You never listen to me!

5. We always go to England every summer. 

6. It doesn't smell like chocolate.

7. It always rains in Britain. (to rain - always) 

8. I always have two cups of coffee for breakfast.    

9. After lunch I sometimes have a cup of tea. 

10. Do you believe in life after death? 




The sentences below contain errors. Find the errors and correct them : 

Ex. This packet contain 500 grams of coffee.   

       Answer: contains

My mother prefer to buy fruit in the market. 

   Answer : prefers  

This CD is costing £ 10.99.  

   Answer : costs 

Go you always to the mountain on holiday? 

   Answer :  Do you always go to the mountain on holiday?

Great Britain don’t want to lose its power. 

    Answer:  doesn't want 


Sometimes I reads a fascinating book. 

    Answer: I read 


Use one of the following verbs to complete the sentences. Sometimes you need the negative : 


Translate -  believe - eat - flow - go - grow - make - rise - tell 


1. The earth  goes round the sun. 

2. Rice doesn't grow in Britain. 

3. The sun rises in the east. 

4. Bees  make honey. 

5. Vegetarians don't eat meat. 

6. An atheist doesn't believe in God.
7. An interpreter
translates from one language into another.
8. A liar is someone who
doesn't tell the truth.
9. The River Amazon
flows into the Atlantic Ocean. 


EX 5 - NIVEAU 1 

Put the verbs into the correct form : 

1.   Jane doesn't drink tea very often  (not/drink) 

2. “What time do banks close in Britain?”     (banks/close) 

3. “Where does Martin come from?”  (to come/Martin)  
    “He’s Scottish”.

4. “What do you do do?”   (you/to do)  “I’m an electrical engineer”. 

5.   It takes me an hour to get to work. (take) 

6.  “Does she play the piano?”      (she/ to play)
"No, she doesn't but I  do play very well ! ”  (she/ not/ to play/ very well - 
     formule d'insistance)