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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 166 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 166 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 166 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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166 FREE Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheets

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Song Worksheet: All about That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Song Worksheet: All about That Bass by Meghan Trainor

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Simple Present or Present Continuous

Simple Present or Present Continuous

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)

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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 ...
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Verb Tenses : Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

Verb Tenses : Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

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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 ...
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Initial Test- 6th Grade

Initial Test- 6th Grade

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

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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 ...
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Present Simple or Present Continuous

Present Simple or Present Continuous

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This is a fill-in-exercise about the present simple tense or present continuous tense. Pupils must decide which one they use. They find "hints" in nearly every sentence. Please recollect the signa ...
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Present Tenses Review

Present Tenses Review

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Present tenses practice with vocabulary topic - festivals and holidays. There are some exercises on present tenses and there are some words on festivals and holidays in order to know if students k ...
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Present Simple and Present Continuous

Present Simple and Present Continuous

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Present simple / present continuous theory. Examples of habitual actions and things that are always true. Affirmative/ negative / interrogative forms. Difference between "-s" / "-es". Topic: ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous (Progressive)

Present Simple vs Present Continuous (Progressive)

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Present simple and present continuous, also known as progressive, is commonly a hard task as for students as well for teachers, but it is not a too dificult problem from my point of view. It is qu ...
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State Verbs (Groups and Exceptions)

State Verbs (Groups and Exceptions)

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Here is a list of some state verbs put into groups according to their meaning. There are also some exceptions when some of them are used in the progressive with a change in meaning. I usually ask ...
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The Present Continuous Power Point Presentation

The Present Continuous Power Point Presentation

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This is a Power Point presentation with nice visuals. It has more pictures than writing, so it can be both entertaining and educational. It was created many years ago but proved to be effective.Th ...
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What Are They Doing Now?

What Are They Doing Now?

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This pairwork worksheet uses everyday activities to practice the contrast between present simple and present continuous. This very structured practice is best used with elementary and pre-intermed ...
30 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Present Simple or Present Continuous?

Present Simple or Present Continuous?

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The power point gives a brief overview of which time tags to use with which grammar tense: present simple or present progessive. It then offers a fun game for students to try and choose the best s ...
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Song Worksheet: Lemon Tree by Fool's Garden

Song Worksheet: Lemon Tree by Fool's Garden

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This worksheet contains different tasks to the song "Lemon Tree" by Fool's Garden: mark the sentences T(true) or F(false), fill in the chart, find and correct grammar and spelling mistakes. I hope ...
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Present Simple versus Present Continuous for Beginners

Present Simple versus Present Continuous for Beginners

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This worksheet is designed for beginner ESL students who wish to have additional practice with simple present/present continuous. By using a word bank, students must decide on the correct word as ...
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Present vs. Present

Present vs. Present

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A simple activity for students to practice present simple and present continuous (sorry, no answer key). Good for reviews and classes were you need to show the difference between the two tenses. P ...
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Movie Worksheet: Dog and the Butcher

Movie Worksheet: Dog and the Butcher

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Dog and the Butcher is a short silent cartoon about the touching relationship of the naughty dog and its sometimes strict owner. The worksheet consists of two tasks: the first one is to match the ...
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Song Worksheet: Lemon Tree (Present Simple & Continuous)

Song Worksheet: Lemon Tree (Present Simple & Continuous)

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Lemon Tree from the band Fool's Garden. It is a useful song to examine the simple present and continuous tenses. The song is really soft. And the students really like it. You can use it after you ...
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