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The transition from teaching one verb tense to teaching another isn’t always a clear-cut process. While it’s easy for most students to distinguish, say, the future simple tense from the past simple, it’s not always as easy for them to tell two similar verb tenses apart. One of the most common mixups is between the present simple and present continuous tenses - “I go” versus “I’m going” - which sometimes seem to be used in almost interchangeable ways. Throw in the fact that many other languages use these tenses according to different conventions than the ones used in English, and you’ve got a recipe for a lot of frustration and confusion.

Some teachers try to address this confusion by simply correcting students on the fly until they start to get the hang of the distinction. Other teachers use fill-in-the-blank worksheets to help  students see the contrast between the present simple and present continuous tenses. And still others focus on encouraging students to produce the tenses in realistic speech. Many teachers would agree, though, that the most effective approach of all is one that combines each of these tactics.

That’s why BusyTeacher.org offers 179 worksheets that help students see the contrast between the present simple and present continuous verb tenses. These worksheets address a lot of common situations in which students get confused about the usage rules of these tenses, so they can start to work out for themselves where the present simple is appropriate, and where the present continuous makes sense. With these 179 worksheets on hand, you’ll never run out of exercises for practicing the present simple and present continuous tenses - no matter how many class period is takes to make sure your students get them right.

BusyTeacher.org’s 179 present simple and present continuous tense worksheets approach these tenses in a wide variety of ways. Some are simple fill-in-the-blank exercises; while others invite students to match a list of pictures with the right tenses. Some lay out exercises or activities that help students learn the differences between these tenses - and still others can help you kick off games that’ll give students a break from board work.

And you won’t just find variety in the approaches these worksheets offer - they also pull their inspiration from a wide range of areas. Some of them just focus on simple sentences, so students can work with familiar vocabulary. Others provide examples of the present simple and present continuous tenses in popular songs and movie clips, and let students learn how native speakers (and singers) actually use these tenses. If you’re working through a unit on holidays or countries, you can probably find a worksheet that’ll fit right into that theme, too.

Our huge variety of present simple and present continuous tense worksheets comes as a result of our active community of ESL teachers all over the world. They’ve shared these worksheets with other teachers like you, for free - not even registration on our site is required to download, print, use, and share them. The only thing we ask is that if you’ve got a worksheet of your own that’s been a hit with your class, you share it with the community by clicking the “Submit a worksheet button at the bottom of this page.

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All Tenses Comparison

All Tenses Comparison

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I have created this worksheet to compare the basic use of all the twelve tenses. A simple phrase of "writing emails" has been used in each tense. At the same time, a simple timeline is provided fo ...
9 Views 5,271 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

English Through Videos
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This fun video activity is to practise using the simple present tense when describing daily routines. The video shows the daily routine of a Stormtrooper. While watching the video, learners are as ...
8 Views 4,692 BegElemPre-IntInt
Simple Present Simple and Continuous Presentation/ Explanation Powerpoint

Simple Present Simple and Continuous Presentation/ Explanation Powerpoint

Afni Yusuff
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Presentation of simple present vs present continuous Rules (affirmative, negative, interrogative). 
3 Views 6,412 BegElemPre-IntInt
The Present Simple Tense: A Complete Guide

The Present Simple Tense: A Complete Guide

, Present Simple vs. Present Continuous
A comprehensive guide to the present simple tense covering thirteen subtopics and including twelve practice activities. Teachers will be able to use it as a classroom resource and learners will be ...
9 Views 7,687 Pre-Int
Present Perfect Simple or Continuous Slide Show

Present Perfect Simple or Continuous Slide Show

, Present Simple vs. Present Continuous
This slide show demonstrates the difference between the present perfect simple and present perfect continuous tenses giving explainations, examples and illustrative pictures. There are also some e ...
8 Views 3,839 IntAdv
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Song Worksheet: Girl from Ipanema by Frank Sinatra

Song Worksheet: Girl from Ipanema by Frank Sinatra

Janaina Florentino
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous,
In this Brazilian song you can practice translation, fill the gaps and the difference between present simple and present continuous. Very fun and enjoyable activity that might take around 1 hour t ...
4 Views 6,248 BegElemPre-IntInt
Every Day and Today

Every Day and Today

Rania Foka
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This worksheet has been designed for elementary young learners, bearing in mind the difficulties they encounter in using the present simple and the present continuous tense in a single sentence. T ...
3 Views 8,864 Elem
What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing?

MargaGracia
, Present Simple vs. Present Continuous,
This worksheet is intended to work with present continuous. It has some contrast with the present simple, particularly in regard with collocations, but it's mostly about present continuous. I used ...
2 Views 12,024 ElemPre-IntInt
Present Continuous: What Are You Doing?

Present Continuous: What Are You Doing?

MargaGracia
, Present Simple vs. Present Continuous
I prepared this worksheet for an elementary teen class (14-15 years old). I tried to make it as clear and comprehensive as posible, so that they could revise the theory as they were doing exercise ...
3 Views 9,436 ElemPre-IntInt
Present Simple or Present Continuous

Present Simple or Present Continuous

Natalia
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These are 25 sentences where you should use the verbs given in brackets in proper tenses. Aimed at practising the difference between present simple and present continuous tenses. It's great to use ...
11 Views 23,710 ElemPre-IntInt
Present Simple and Present Progressive Usage Practice

Present Simple and Present Progressive Usage Practice

BusyTeacher Contributor
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The objective of the worksheet is to practice 2 tenses: present simple and present progressive. I consider it a good grammar drill. Students have to choose the forms, find mistakes and correct the ...
5 Views 7,942 Pre-IntInt
Make Me Say This-Card Game for Present Simple and Continuous

Make Me Say This-Card Game for Present Simple and Continuous

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I created this worksheet in order to give my elementary students some practice of the difference between present simple and present continuous. In the first part of the worksheet there are two sim ...
3 Views 7,946 ElemPre-Int
Grade 7 Midterm Test

Grade 7 Midterm Test

hepi anesti
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This is a complete worksheet for grade 7 midterm test. It covers several topics  such as simple present tense, present continuous tense, and simple past tense, preposition of time (in, on, at ...
10 Views 9,945 Pre-Int
Present Simple vs Present Continuous

Present Simple vs Present Continuous

, , Present Simple vs. Present Continuous
In this worksheet students have to complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets. Then they are asked to match the sentences to the pictures. This worksheet is good for pr ...
28 Views 34,479 ElemPre-Int
Present Simple vc Present Continuous

Present Simple vc Present Continuous

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This is an excellent activity for practicing the difference between present simple and continuous. They also practice everyday activities (go to work, wake up, watch TV...) and the difference betw ...
16 Views 16,425 BegElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: All about That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Song Worksheet: All about That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous,
Ss have to complete the lyrics of the song All about That Bass by Meghan Trainor following the hints given. The blanks are all verbs in present simple or continuous. Then, they can listen to the s ...
11 Views 15,345 BegElem
Present Continuous

Present Continuous

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This worksheet is useful for reviewing and practicing grammar: present continuous and simple present. It contains two parts reading comprehension and gaps filling. It is appropriate for elementar ...
9 Views 12,470 Elem
Simple Present or Present Continuous

Simple Present or Present Continuous

muge dundar
» » Present Simple vs. Present Continuous
This worksheet has questions of two basic tenses. "present simple and present continuous tense".  We can apply this worksheet for learners to test their knowledge of them. You can see questio ...
17 Views 25,677 All
Song Worksheet: Read All about It (Part III)

Song Worksheet: Read All about It (Part III)

A very inspiring video telling a moving story. Song activity: Gap filling. Skimming. Scanning. Grammar (tenses: presents, pasts, future). Lexicon (definitions, synonyms, antonyms). Speaking (class ...
3 Views 8,974 Pre-IntInt
Writing a Blog Post

Writing a Blog Post

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This worksheets will help you to practice the present continuous tense. Students should write a blog using the information about different festivals (Chinese New Year, Holi and Up Helly Aa Fire Fe ...
4 Views 5,605 ElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: All of Me by John Legend (Present Simple vs Present Continuous)

Song Worksheet: All of Me by John Legend (Present Simple vs Present Continuous)

Moacir Filho
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous,
This blank-filling activity is great for students who are learning present simple and present continuous. Appropriate for young learners who know the strucutures and recognize the use of these ver ...
12 Views 22,776 All
Verb Tenses : Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

Verb Tenses : Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

» » Present Simple vs. Present Continuous
This is a worksheet for teaching or revising the differences between the present simple and the present continuous tense at elementary level. There are 2 different activities in which student ...
22 Views 37,989 ElemPre-Int
Initial Test- 6th Grade

Initial Test- 6th Grade

Molnos Ildiko
, Present Simple vs. Present Continuous,
It's a test for the beginning of the year- a placement test- for students who learnt English for 3 years. Exercises can be used for the appropriate grammar or vocabulary part. It contains some gap ...
3 Views 9,737 Elem
Present Simple and Continuous Workshop

Present Simple and Continuous Workshop

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This worksheet has a lot of exercises to practice present simple and continuous. If you have students that need to practice for the exam at school you can work with them this worksheet. You will s ...
4 Views 8,164 Pre-Int
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

» » Present Simple vs. Present Continuous
I used this worksheet with my kids group to practice the use of present simple and present continuous as well as the difference between these two tenses. Ss draw a card and make a sentence (affirm ...
27 Views 20,963 ElemPre-Int

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