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All Tenses Comparison

All Tenses Comparison

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 ...
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Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

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 ...
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Simple Present Simple and Continuous Presentation/ Explanation Powerpoint

Simple Present Simple and Continuous Presentation/ Explanation Powerpoint

Presentation of simple present vs present continuous Rules (affirmative, negative, interrogative). 
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The Present Simple Tense: A Complete Guide

The Present Simple Tense: A Complete Guide

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 ...
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Present Perfect Simple or Continuous Slide Show

Present Perfect Simple or Continuous Slide Show

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 ...
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Song Worksheet: Girl from Ipanema by Frank Sinatra

Song Worksheet: Girl from Ipanema by Frank Sinatra

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 ...
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Every Day and Today

Every Day and Today

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 ...
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What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing?

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 ...
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Present Continuous: What Are You Doing?

Present Continuous: What Are You Doing?

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 ...
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Present Simple or Present Continuous

Present Simple or Present Continuous

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 ...
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Present Simple and Present Progressive Usage Practice

Present Simple and Present Progressive Usage Practice

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

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

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 ...
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Grade 7 Midterm Test

Grade 7 Midterm Test

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 ...
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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 ...
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Present Simple vc Present Continuous

Present Simple vc Present Continuous

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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Past, Present, Future: Teaching the Verb Tense System

Past, Present, Future
Teaching the Verb Tense System

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Verb Talk: Conversation Activities to Practice Using Verb Tenses

Verb Talk
Conversation Activities to Practice Using Verb Tenses

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Are You Tense About Tenses? 5 Tense Review Activities

Are You Tense About Tenses? 5 Tense Review Activities

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The Best of Busy Teacher: Top 10 Verb Tenses Worksheets

The Best of Busy Teacher
Top 10 Verb Tenses Worksheets

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Which Present Is It? 10 Simple Activities for Practicing the Simple Present and the Present Continuous

Which Present Is It? 10 Simple Activities for Practicing the Simple Present and the Present Continuous

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About Our Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheets

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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