|ESL Blues||Quick Quiz: Present simple versus present progressive|
|1.||Water ________ at a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.||Correct answer: freezes|
This is a fact of nature, not an activity in progress.
|2.||Take an umbrella. It ________. You don't want to get wet.||Correct answer: is raining|
This is an activity in progress. It is happening right now.
|3.||Here in Montreal the winters are very long and it ________ a lot.||Correct answer: snows|
This is a repeated action, not an activity in progress.
|4.||Now I ________ what you are trying to say.||Correct answer: understand|
This is a non-progressive verb like 'know' and 'believe.'
|5.||I'm sorry. Bob can't come to the phone. He ________ a shower.||Correct answer: is having|
This is an action in progress. It is happening right now.
|6.||Of course Daniel is coming to the party. She always ________ to my parties.||Correct answer: comes|
This is a repeated or habitual action, not an activity in progress.
|7.||So tell me. Who ________ on the ski trip with us?||Correct answer: is coming|
This is a planned activity for the near future.
|8.||This session I ________ a Spanish course. It's difficult but it's fun.||Correct answer: am taking|
This is an activity in progress. It is happening these days.
|9.||Sabrina's husband is a salesman but I don't really know what he ________.||Correct answer: sells|
This is a habitual or repeated action, not an activity in progress.
|10.||Turn down the volume. I ________ to do my homework.||Correct answer: am trying|
This is an activity in progress.
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