1.1. In the sentences below, decide if the verb underlined refers to the present (P), the future (F), or to something habitual (H).

1. Joe wants to be a pilot when he grows up.

2. We always go abroad for our holidays.

3. I’m sorry, but I feel tired.

4. I just want to go to sleep.

5. When do you start at the University next year?

6. Oh dear, this milk tastes awful.

7. You look really funny in that hat.

8. Give my love to Norman if you see him.

9. Do your children help about the house?

10. It’s amazing how many people eat far too much Unit 1. THE PRESENT SIMPLE.

1.2. Complete these sentences using the correct form of the verb in brackets.

1. We enjoy the theatre but we (not go) very often.

2. What time (the train, leave)?

3. My brother (not live) at home any more.

4. Where (you work) nowadays?

5. I (not think) Jill (like) me very much.

6. What time (Ken, get home) after work?

7. Penny (come from) Calgary in Canada.

8. How many languages (you speak)?

9. How much (it cost) for a return ticket?

10. Anne (not drink) coffee, but she (like) tea.

1.3. Suggest some other expressions for this line.

Always Almost always Very often Often Sometimes Rarely / Seldom Very Unit 1. THE PRESENT SIMPLE rarely Almost never Never 100% 0%

In small groups tell each other how often you do the following things, e.g. I always walk to university. I often walk to university when the weather’s nice. I very rarely walk to university.

phone my family at the weekend iron my clothes
do my home assignment vote at elections
read the Sunday papers go to the seaside
drink tea for breakfast take public transport

In pairs, think of three questions to ask each other about these things, beginning How often do you …?, e.g. A: How often do you eat spaghetti? – B: About Unit 1. THE PRESENT SIMPLE twice a month.

You may use the following ideas:

clean your shoes eat spicy food go swimming drink coke fly write a letter argue do the dishes go to a concert / play laugh get a haircut sing

Answer these questions using every, e.g. How often do you go out? – I go out every two or three days.

1.4. In pairs, ask and answer questions, using this table to help.

When What time do you/they does he/she get up go to work get home have dinner go to bed on Mondays? Saturday mornings?
in the morning? afternoon Unit 1. THE PRESENT SIMPLE? evening?
at night? the weekend?

1.5. In pairs, match a verb from the first column with a word from the second to make a phrase.

live drink like play watch go ride speak read drive get up the Sunday papers a car German early dogs horror films alone dancing a bicycle chess tea with milk

Use the phrases to ask you partner questions. Give short answers, e.g. Do you eat meat? – Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.


In pairs, ask and answer questions about the activities suggested in Table 2, using the frequency expressions given in Table 1. Start Unit 1. THE PRESENT SIMPLE your questions with How often do you …?

Table 1

once/twice three times a day week month year
once every two hours three days every other day

Table 2

buy new clothes visit relatives eat out
eat pasta do the laundry read a book
sleep in surf the Internet go on holiday
drink tea use a drill tidy up
cook dream visit the dentist
get a haircut do arithmetic fly
dance sing go to the park

1.7. Discuss these topics.

· a typical weekend at home

· a typical holiday

· the people in your home town

· the main cultural events in your home country

· your daily routine

· an ideal person

1.8. Think of Unit 1. THE PRESENT SIMPLE a film or book you really enjoyed. Spend a few minutes refreshing your memory and making some notes. Tell the group all about it, but don’t mention the title. See if anyone can guess from your description.