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Present tense (1)

Aufgabe 1


Add the signal words for the present continuous and the simple present to the following sentences.

every Tuesday - once a month - at the moment - never - sometimes - at present

  1. Ken goes swimming                                              .
  2. Marilyn can’t come to the phone, she’s cooking                                              .
  3. I don’t like fish very much, but I                                               eat it anyway.
  4.                                               we are facing a difficult problem.
  5. We love movies, so we go to the cinema at least                                              .
  6. My brother hates French songs, so he                                               listens to Céline Dion.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  6

Aufgabe 2


Simple past or past progressive?

When Peter’s mother                      (to come) into Peter’s room she                      (to see) that he and his friends                      (to play) a computer game. She                      (to tell) them to stop. Peter, however,                      (to tell) his mother that they                      (to play) a harmless game and                      (to ask) his mother to leave his room. Peter’s mother                      (to get) very angry. She                      (to leave) the room, but                      (to give) her son a fierce glance.

  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  10

Aufgabe 3



  1. playground
  2. to decide
  3. to look at somebody
  4. money
  5. to remember
  6. Nachmittag
  7. Problem
  8. denken
  9. Salz
  10. sich umdrehen
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  4

Aufgabe 4


Read the text and find out.

  • Who was in the story?
  • Where did the story happen?
  • When did the story happen?
  • What did the big boys want?

Jack was in the playground at lunchtime. He was eleven years old and a very quiet boy. He was new at the school and didn’t have any friends yet. When he heard someone call to him, “Hey kid,” he turned around. There were two boys behind him. He didn’t know the boys but they looked a lot older. “What’s your name, kid?” asked one of them. “Jack Johnson,” Jack said. The boy said, “Well, Jack. We’ve decided that you are going to give us £2 tomorrow. Now, if you don’t, then we are going to hit you, hard.” Jack believed what he heard. “Why are you picking on me?” he asked. The boys looked at him and said, “Because we don’t like the way you look”. Then the boys started to leave. But one of the boys turned around and said, “And if you tell anybody, we’ll hit you even harder.” Jack stood there and thought about the boys. He thought about giving them money. Then he thought about not giving them money. Then he thought about them hitting him. He wondered what was wrong with the way he looked. When Miss Dickson, his class teacher, told the children to come inside again, he wanted to tell her about the boys. But he remembered what they said. They would hit him even harder. All afternoon Jack couldn’t think about maths and English. All he could think about was the big boys. At the end of the day Miss Dickson asked him if there was a problem. Jack told her that everything was OK. That evening Jack said nothing during the meal. His mother asked him three times for the salt. But he was thinking about school and the boys  and not the salad and the salt. Jack’s mother asked him if he felt ill. He said that he felt OK. She asked him if anything was a problem at school. He said that everything was fine at school. She looked at him.

pick on = jemanden ärgern, auf jemandem herumhacken, wonder = sich wundern oder fragen

  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  4

Aufgabe 5


All these sentences are wrong. Look at task 4 and correct the sentences. 

  1. Jack’s school was new.
  2. The older boys were standing in front of Jack.
  3. The boys will hit Jack when he gives them the money.
  4. Jack thought about the way the boys looked.
  5. Jack told Miss Dickson about the boys.
  6. Jack thought about Miss Dickson during the meal.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  12
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