present tense: simple versus progressive
The hurricane: quiz on present tense forms
The following is a tv reporter's description of the approach and arrival of a hurricane. For this exercise, imagine that you are writing a composition about what
during a hurricane. You must therefore use the simple present instead of the progressive present.
Look at the examples at the beginning of the text.
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(10 a.m. newscast)
the Florida coast.
is not moving
very quickly so people have time to react.
does not move
Meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center
the storm very carefully.
the population that a hurricane is approaching.
and the residents
the necessary precautions.
Many schools and businesses
sure that their children are safe at home.
some last-minute shopping for food and emergency supplies.
out of things like candles, flashlights and batteries.
their windows with plywood.
those who live very close to the ocean to move to evacuation centers.
huge bottlenecks on certain roads and bridges.
up with people from all over the area.
Volunteers and government employees
after their needs.
blankets, bedding and food.
are not feeling
very safe, however.
anxiously around the television, waiting for news.
(6 p.m. newscast)
onto the beaches.
everything in its path.
Trees and branches
to the ground,
up any loose object
Anybody foolish enough to go outdoors
the risk of injury of death from all the flying debris.
Because of the violence of the storm, people
are not feeling
secure even inside their homes.
Some areas of the city
are not patrolling
There's no need. Nobody
out onto the streets in the middle of such a violent storm.
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