Order these sentences according to which present tense is used with the main verb. Fill in the table. You do not need to write the full sentences, just their numbers.
- Daniel has never gone rollerblading before.
- Lily and Eve usually meet after school at the small café in their neighbourhood to talk about their day.
- Have you been sitting in your room the whole time?
- Jim and Jill have been happily married for thirty years. Unbelievable!
- My mother's washing the dishes in the kitchen right now, if you are looking for her.
- The police officer is frequently asked for directions to the airport.
- I'm coming down the stairs – and what do I see? My boyfriend is kissing somebody else!
- Aycan's been seeing her boyfriend for more than six months now.
Simple present Present progressive Present perfect Present perfect progressive
Fill in the blanks using either since or for.
- I'm really worried about Samantha. She hasn’t eaten anything ______ two days.
- She has enjoyed eating chocolate ever ______ she was a small child.
- David has been playing tennis ______ most of his life.
- I have not believed in Santa Claus ______ I was five years old.
- Joey and Sam have been living in the US ______ 2011.
Read the following text about how to study efficiently for exams, and then answer the following true or false questions.
Studying for an exam is not as hard as you may think it is – as long as you have got a plan. So the first thing you should do is make a timetable. Depending on how much you have to learn, start studying three to four weeks before your exams. That way, you do not have to work as hard at the last minute. You can even take two days off and do other things you enjoy, like doing sports or getting together with friends. It is actually really important to take time off so your brain can process the new information. Start studying for one hour per day the first week. During the second week, you can increase the amount of time you spend studying up to one and a half hours per day. The week before the exam, you should study for two hours per day to ensure that you get everything done in time. The most important thing is to write everything you have to revise and when you want to revise it into your study timetable. Having a plan is half the battle.
- You should start studying and revising at least four weeks before the exams. True/False?
- Taking time off is important for the learning process. True/False?
- You should slowly decrease the amount of time you spend studying. True/False?
- In your timetable, you not only write down when you want study, but also what exactly it is you need to revise. True/False?
- Having a study plan means you are already halfway there. True/False?
Rewrite the following sentences by adding the verb in brackets in the correct tense. Use either the simple present, the present progressive, the present perfect or the present perfect progressive.
- Both the teacher and the students __________ very hard for several weeks now to prepare for the exam. (work)
- Lisa __________ if she can pass the exam. (not know)
- That is why she ___________ to her mother right now. (talk)
- Usually, her mother __________ her in situations like this. (comfort)
- She asks her: “__________ you ever __________ so unsure about passing before?” (feel)
- Lisa answers: “No. It has never been this bad. I __________ nightmares for three weeks now. (have)
- Why __________ this __________ to me now of all times?” (happen)
- Now Lisa's mother comforts her once more: “Don't worry, my dear. You __________ this before. You will be fine." (do)
Find the mistakes in these sentences and correct them. Not every sentence contains a mistake, though.
- The exam already lasted two hours – when will it finally be over?
- Sam has been studying very hard in her room every evening for two weeks now.
- Doesn't she needed a short break in between?
- She takes a break right now, sitting together with her best friend.
- They already sit in their favourite café for two hours, talking about school, boys, and their favourite youtubers.
- Sam has just made a joke about one of their teachers, and her friend cannot stop laughing.
- Sam is usually ordering hot chocolate, but today she is drinking coffee.
- She has never been drinking coffee before. This is the first time.
- It is tasting awful.
- “Have you ever tasted anything so bitter before in your life?”, she asks her friend, who answers by shaking her head.
Translate these sentences into English. Be careful about the choice of tenses.
- Normalerweise gehe ich gerne ins Kino.
- Ich freue mich schon seit Tagen auf diesen Abend.
- Aber etwas fühlt sich heute anders an.
- Ich habe mir bereits alle Trailer zu dem Film angeschaut.
- Gerade jetzt stehe ich vor dem Kino und warte auf meine Freunde.
- Kommt einer von ihnen gerade da um die Ecke?
- Nein, es ist nur ein Mann, der sich gerade eine Zigarette anzündet.
- Vielleicht haben meine Freunde vergessen, dass wir uns hier treffen wollten.
- Was, wenn ihnen etwas zugestoßen ist?
- Zum Glück kommen sie da gerade auf ihren Fahrrädern an.