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Present tense (1)


Aufgabe 1

Grammar

Fill in present perfect simple or progressive.

  1. Jill ___________ (to be) in Manhattan ___________ Tuesday.
  2. The Graigs ___________ (to live) here ___________ two months.
  3. Those men ___________ (to work) here ___________ I woke up this morning.
  4. Lizzy ___________ (to hear) a strange noise ___________ she got up.
  5. Mum ___________ (to have) English classes ___________ August last year.
  6. Mr Green ___________ (to love) Mrs Red ___________ ages, but he ___________ (to tell) her yet.

Lösung

  1. Jill has been in Manhattan since Tuesday.
  2. The Graigs have been living / have lived here for two months.
  3. Those men have been working here since I woke up this morning.
  4. Lizzy has been hearing a strange noise since she got up.
  5. Mum has had English classes since August last year.
  6. Mr Green has loved Mrs Red for ages, but he hasn't told her yet.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  13

Aufgabe 2

Grammar

Mark the right answers and fill them in the gaps.

[  ] did you buy [  ] have you bought [  ] had you buy
Your dress looks beautiful, _____________ just _____________ it?

[  ] were [  ] been [  ] seen
Have you ever _____________ to San Francisco?

[  ] had always dreamt [  ] had been dreaming [  ] have always dreamt
My new car is a Porsche. I _____________ of having a fast car.

[  ] have just smashed [  ] smashed [  ] were smashing
The window is broken. The kids _____________ it with their ball.

[  ] was working [  ] have been working [  ] worked
I’m tired. It is really hot and I _____________ all day, but I agreed to paint the house completely.

[  ] slept the baby [  ] has the baby been sleeping [  ] was the baby sleeping
It’s 11 a.m. already. How long _____________ ?

[  ] have been playing [  ] were playing [  ] played
Our living room is a mess, although the children _____________ for only ten minutes.

Lösung

  1. Your dress looks beautiful, have you just bought it?
  2. Have you ever been to San Francisco?
  3. My new car is a Porsche. I have always dreamt of having a fast car.
  4. The window is broken. The kids have just smashed it with their ball.
  5. I’m tired. It is really hot and I have been working all day, but I agreed to paint the house completely.
  6. It’s 11 a.m. already. How long has the baby been sleeping?
  7. Our living room is a mess, although the children have been playing for only ten minutes.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  14

Aufgabe 3

Listening

An exchange student is visiting you. Ask him how he feels and how he likes Germany. Listen to the track to get some ideas.

## Platzhalter Audio Player ##

Lösung

One of your questions could be:

  • Did you sleep well last night?
  • Did you come to Germany by train?
  • Have you ever been to Germany?
  • Have you ever eaten German jelly babies?
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  15 Minuten
  • Punkte:  8

Aufgabe 4

Writing

  1. Read the text carefully and sort out what belongs together.
  2. Write the two correct texts in your exercise book.
  3. Try to find a headline for each story.

These toy bears sold like hot cakes and within a year Michtum founded a toy firm that produced hundreds of thousands of teddy bears. Those who practised and supported the hunt said that hunting was necessary to keep the number of foxes small. One day, he visited Mississippi and decided to go out hunting for the day. After several hours, he had not shot anything, when one of his aides discovered a lost bear cub (Bärenjunges) wandering through the woods.  Fox-hunting was one of the most criticized activities in Britain. This “sport” involved chasing a fox with a pack of hounds (eine Meute Jagdhunde). The teddy bear is today so much a part of children’s and grown-ups’ lives that it is hard to believe it was only invented in 1902. The fox had to flee over the open countryside, as all the foxholes had been blocked before the hunt. When the hunters, who rode on horses, finally caught the fox, it was brutally killed by the dogs. It is named after Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (1858–1919), the twenty-sixth president of the United States of America (1901–1909). He caught it, tied it to a tree and brought the President to this tree to shoot the little bear. Roosevelt, however, could not bring himself to  shoot the defenceless little bear and ordered it to be set free. Reporters following the President made this incident known all over the country. Clifford Berryman, a cartoonist, drew a cartoon showing the President and the bear cub. They also said that rural Britain needed the hunt because jobs depended on it. Those who were against the hunt said that it was not needed to limit the number of foxes and they wanted it banned because it was unnecessarily cruel. Morris Michtum, a toyshop owner, put together some little toy bears using the cartoon as a guide. Foxhunting has been forbidden in Britain since 2005. “Teddy” Roosevelt was a keen hunter.

Lösung

The two texts are:

What do you think about fox-hunting?

Fox-hunting was one of the most criticized activties in Britain. This “sport” involved chasing a fox with a pack of hounds. The fox had to flee over the open countryside, as all the foxholes had been blocked before the hunt. When the  hunters, who rode on horses, finally caught the fox, it was brutally killed by the dogs. Those who practised and supported the hunt said that hunting was necessary to keep the number of foxes small. They also said that rural Britain needed the hunt because jobs depended on it. Those who were against the hunt said that it was not needed to limit the number of foxes and they wanted it banned because it was unnecessarily cruel. Fox-hunting has been forbidden in Britain since 2005.

The history of the teddy bear

The teddy bear is today so much a part of children’s and grown-ups’ lives that it is hard to believe it was only invented in 1902. It is named after Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (1858–1919), the twenty-sixth president of the United States of America (1901–1909). “Teddy” Roosevelt was a keen hunter. One day, he visited Mississippi and decided to go out hunting for the day. After several hours, he had not shot anything, when one of his aides discovered a lost bear cub  wandering through the woods. He caught it, tied it to a tree and brought the President to this tree to shoot the little bear. Roosevelt, however, could not bring himself to shoot the defenceless little bear and ordered it to be set free. Reporters following the President made this incident known all over the country. Clifford Berryman, a cartoonist, drew a cartoon showing the President and the bear cub. Morris Michtum, a toyshop owner, put together some little toy bears using the cartoon as a guide. These toy bears sold like hot cakes and within a year Michtum founded a toy firm that produced hundreds of thousands of teddy bears.

  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  15 Minuten
  • Punkte:  6
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