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Present tense (1)

Aufgabe 1


Present tense (simple und progressive) oder present perfect (simple und progressive)?
Mark the correct form.

  1. What do you do/are you doing in your free time? I read/am reading a lot.
  2. I begin/am beginning to get quite angry with Tony. He always takes / is always taking my things without asking! He hasn’t given/ isn’t giving me back my books yet.
  3. How long have you known/do you know your boyfriend? – I have been going out /go out with Tom for several months now. We usually meet /have met at the weekend.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  8

Aufgabe 2


Translate the expressions in brackets. Pay attention to the correct conversion of the present tense into English. 

  1. Dave’s sister ________ (lebt) in England, but at the moment she ________ (hält sich auf) in Spain.
  2. It’s Susan’s birthday, and we ________ (wir feiern) tonight.
  3. A friend of mine ________ (fährt Ski) for years.
  4. Put the volume down, or there ________ (gibt Ärger).
  5. Welcome to Seattle. How long ________ (bleibst du)?
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  6

Aufgabe 3


Form sentences by connecting the correct parts of the sentences to each other using when or while.

Susan – work in her room he – notice a man running to a car
Tom – hear the scream her sister – write letters in the kitchen
Mr Brown – open the window he – read a book
The boys – try to phone the police an air hostess – offer some hot drinks
The passengers – relax in their seats a stranger – walking around the house
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  15 Minuten
  • Punkte:  20

Aufgabe 4


Check if you know the tenses simple present, present progressive, simple past and past progressive. 
Choose the correct tense for the verbs in brackets. 

  1. A good education ________ (to teach) you to think critically.
  2. Andrew is a good friend of mine, but I ________ (not to know) where he ________ (to live).
  3. Judy ________ (to take) her exams at the moment. She ________ (not to pass) them last year.
  4. In some states of the United States teenagers ________ (to drive) cars at the age of 17.
  5. When we ________ (to be) at high school we ________ (to wear) hats everybody hated.
  6. The car ________ (to go) past the house-fronts, ________ (to turn) left and suddenly it ________ (to speed) towards the strange lady.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  11

Aufgabe 5


You are picking up your American friend from the airport.
Ask him ...

  1. ... ob er schon gefrühstückt hat.
  2. ... ob er schon einmal in Deutschland war. 
  3. ... ob er schon zuvor geflogen ist.
  4. ... ob er schon jemals Sauerkraut gegessen hat.
  5. ... ob er schon das Buch über Deutschland gelesen hat.
  6. ... ob er schon seine Eltern angerufen hat.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  6
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