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Grammar explanations

PROGRESS 4 Unit 1

Simple present/Present continuous Here are some more ways we use the simple present: 1

To give instructions/directions First, you boil some water and then you add the noodles and cook them for three minutes. When you exit the MTR station, cross King’s Road and go two blocks down.

2

To make promises I promise to be very careful with your digital camera. I swear never to let you down.

3

To tell stories (for immediacy) Then she goes to the door and opens it and the monster pops out! She finishes her homework and then the phone rings.

Here are some more ways we use the present continuous: 1

To talk about ongoing changes You are getting fatter and fatter. He is becoming a responsible young man.

2

To talk about repeated actions That boy is kicking the back of my chair. The cat is scratching that sofa to pieces.

3

To talk about background events in a story Then she goes to the door and opens it and the monster is standing there! She is doing her homework and the phone rings.

Here are some differences in how we use the simple present and the present continuous: Simple present

Present continuous

For permanent situations

For temporary situations

She lives in Quarry Bay.

She is staying in the Kowloon Hotel.

For repeated actions not connected to the moment of speaking

For repeated actions connected to the moment of speaking

She takes dancing lessons on Monday evenings.

She is taking dancing lessons now but before she took Putonghua lessons.

For future events in an itinerary

For planned future events

We arrive in Shanghai at 2.30 p.m.

We are going to Shanghai next week.

For illnesses/physical states

For physical states only

I have a cold./My head aches.

My head is aching.

For preferences/opinions

For feelings we are experiencing now

I love pizza.

I am enjoying every bite of this delicious pizza.

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Graded grammar worksheets

Name: _____________________

PROGRESS 4 Unit 1

Class: _____________________

Date: _____________________

Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets. Use the simple present or the present continuous tense. (_____ /21 marks) 1

My brother __________________________ (like) this CD very much.

2

He __________________________ (travel) in China this summer.

3

We __________________________ (go) to lunch now. Would you like to join us?

4

We always __________________________ (visit) Grandma on Sundays.

5

In this photo, we __________________________ (play) volleyball on the beach.

6

I __________________________ (play) tennis every day.

7

My father can’t come to the phone now. He __________________________ (take) a shower.

8

My father __________________________ (work) as an accountant in a big company.

9

I think this pen __________________________ (cost) HK$8.

10

I can’t play online games now. My brother __________________________ (use) the computer to do his homework.

11

A: ______________ you ___________________ (do) your homework now? B: Yes, I __________________________.

12

This photo was taken when I was three. My father __________________________ (carry) me on his shoulders.

13

People ______________ always ___________________ (buy) new mobile phones.

14

Can you see Anna? She __________________________ (stand) at the bus stop.

15

______________ you still ___________________ (watch) TV?

16

A: ______________ they _________________ (go) to Ocean Park on Sunday? B: No, they __________________________.

17

She often __________________________ (miss) class because of illness.

18

A: ______________ you _________________ (like) Kelly Chan’s songs? B: Yes, I ______________, but my brother _________________.

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Answers

Graded grammar worksheets

Name: _____________________

Class: _____________________

PROGRESS 4 Unit 1

Date: _____________________

Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets. Use the simple present or the present continuous tense. (_____ /21 marks) 1

likes My brother __________________________ (like) this CD very much.

2

is travelling He __________________________ (travel) in China this summer.

3

are going We __________________________ (go) to lunch now. Would you like to join us?

4

visit We always __________________________ (visit) Grandma on Sundays.

5

are playing In this photo, we __________________________ (play) volleyball on the beach.

6

play I __________________________ (play) tennis every day.

7

is taking My father can’t come to the phone now. He __________________________ (take) a shower.

8

works My father __________________________ (work) as an accountant in a big company.

9

costs I think this pen __________________________ (cost) HK$8.

10

is using I can’t play online games now. My brother __________________________ (use) the computer to do his homework.

11

Are doing A: ______________ you ___________________ (do) your homework now? am B: Yes, I __________________________.

12

is carrying This photo was taken when I was three. My father __________________________ (carry) me on his shoulders.

13

are buying People ______________ always ___________________ (buy) new mobile phones.

14

is standing Can you see Anna? She __________________________ (stand) at the bus stop.

15

Are watching ______________ you still ___________________ (watch) TV?

16

Are going A: ______________ they _________________ (go) to Ocean Park on Sunday? aren’t/are not B: No, they __________________________.

17

misses She often __________________________ (miss) class because of illness.

18

like Do A: ______________ you _________________ (like) Kelly Chan’s songs? do doesn’t/does not B: Yes, I ______________, but my brother _________________.

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Graded grammar worksheets

Name: _____________________

PROGRESS 4 Unit 1

Class: _____________________

Date: _____________________

Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in the simple present or present continuous tense. You can use some of the verbs from the box more than once. (_____ /21 marks) 1

My brother __________________________ this CD very much.

2

He __________________________ in China this summer.

3

We __________________________ to lunch now. Would you like to join us?

buy carry cost do go like miss play

stand take travel use visit watch work

4

We always __________________________ Grandma on Sundays.

5

In this photo, we __________________________ volleyball on the beach.

6

I __________________________ tennis every day.

7

My father can’t come to the phone now. He __________________________ a shower.

8

My father __________________________ as an accountant in a big company.

9

I think this pen __________________________ HK$8.

10

I can’t play online games now. My brother __________________________ the computer to do his homework.

11

A: ______________ you ___________________ your homework now? B: Yes, I __________________________.

12

This photo was taken when I was three. My father __________________________ me on his shoulders.

13

People ______________ always ___________________ new mobile phones.

14

Can you see Anna? She __________________________ at the bus stop.

15

______________ you still ___________________ TV?

16

A: ______________ they _________________ to Ocean Park on Sunday? B: No, they __________________________.

17

She often __________________________ class because of illness.

18

A: ______________ you _________________ Kelly Chan’s songs? B: Yes, I ______________, but my brother _________________.

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Answers

Graded grammar worksheets

Name: _____________________

Class: _____________________

PROGRESS 4 Unit 1

Date: _____________________

Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in the simple present or present continuous tense. You can use some of the verbs from the box more than once. (_____ /21 marks) 1

likes My brother __________________________ this CD very much.

2

is travelling He __________________________ in China this summer.

3

are going We __________________________ to lunch now. Would you like to join us?

buy carry cost do go like miss play

stand take travel use visit watch work

4

visit We always __________________________ Grandma on Sundays.

5

are playing In this photo, we __________________________ volleyball on the beach.

6

play I __________________________ tennis every day.

7

is taking My father can’t come to the phone now. He __________________________ a shower.

8

works My father __________________________ as an accountant in a big company.

9

costs I think this pen __________________________ HK$8.

10

is using I can’t play online games now. My brother __________________________ the computer to do his homework.

11

Are doing A: ______________ you ___________________ your homework now? am B: Yes, I __________________________.

12

is carrying This photo was taken when I was three. My father __________________________ me on his shoulders.

13

are buying People ______________ always ___________________ new mobile phones.

14

is standing Can you see Anna? She __________________________ at the bus stop.

15

Are watching ______________ you still ___________________ TV?

16

Are going A: ______________ they _________________ to Ocean Park on Sunday? aren’t/are not B: No, they __________________________.

17

misses She often __________________________ class because of illness.

18

like Do A: ______________ you _________________ Kelly Chan’s songs? do doesn’t/does not B: Yes, I ______________, but my brother _________________.

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Graded grammar worksheets

Name: _____________________

PROGRESS 4 Unit 1

Class: _____________________

Date: _____________________

Decide which of the choices below would best complete the article if inserted in the blanks. Circle the appropriate letters. (_____ /15 marks)

Too Much Fast Food? According to a recent survey, Hong Kong consumers are (1) more money on convenience foods since the economic downturn. Because companies are trying to make do with fewer staff, employees are (2) harder than ever before. More women (3) joining the workforce as well. They (4) less time to prepare nutritious home-cooked meals for their families. Instead, families (5) out or (6) convenience foods, such as frozen pizzas and instant noodles. These foods (7) more fat, salt and sugar than home-cooked meals. Experts say that eating too much of them (8) the risk of serious health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. However, the trend towards convenience foods (9) benefitting some business sectors. Supermarkets are (10) to the higher demand for quick, easy-to-serve meals by increasing their selection of convenience and pre-packaged foods. These products often (11) for higher prices than fresh food. Restaurants also (12) from the trend: most Hong Kong people now (13) out at least once a day. Is convenience food just a fad or is home-cooked food (14) a thing of the past? How (15) this trend affecting our health?

1

A B C

spending spends spent

6

A B C

bought buys buy

11 A B C

sells sell selling

2

A B C

work works working

7

A B C

containing contains contain

12 A B C

profit profiting profits

3

A B C

is are be

8

A B C

increase increasing increases

13 A B C

eat ate were eating

4

A B C

has have had

9

A B C

is are be

14 A B C

become became becoming

5

A B C

eating eats eat

10 A B C

respond responded responding

15 A B C

does is have

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Answers

Graded grammar worksheets

Name: _____________________

Class: _____________________

PROGRESS 4 Unit 1

Date: _____________________

Decide which of the choices below would best complete the article if inserted in the blanks. Circle the appropriate letters. (_____ /15 marks)

Too Much Fast Food? According to a recent survey, Hong Kong consumers are (1) more money on convenience foods since the economic downturn. Because companies are trying to make do with fewer staff, employees are (2) harder than ever before. More women (3) joining the workforce as well. They (4) less time to prepare nutritious home-cooked meals for their families. Instead, families (5) out or (6) convenience foods, such as frozen pizzas and instant noodles. These foods (7) more fat, salt and sugar than home-cooked meals. Experts say that eating too much of them (8) the risk of serious health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. However, the trend towards convenience foods (9) benefitting some business sectors. Supermarkets are (10) to the higher demand for quick, easy-to-serve meals by increasing their selection of convenience and pre-packaged foods. These products often (11) for higher prices than fresh food. Restaurants also (12) from the trend: most Hong Kong people now (13) out at least once a day. Is convenience food just a fad or is home-cooked food (14) a thing of the past? How (15) this trend affecting our health?

1

A B C

spending spends spent

6

A B C

bought buys buy

11 A B C

sells sell selling

2

A B C

work works working

7

A B C

containing contains contain

12 A B C

profit profiting profits

3

A B C

is are be

8

A B C

increase increasing increases

13 A B C

eat ate were eating

4

A B C

has have had

9

A B C

is are be

14 A B C

become became becoming

5

A B C

eating eats eat

10 A B C

respond responded responding

15 A B C

does is have

© Oxford University Press

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Graded grammar worksheets

Name: _____________________

PROGRESS 4 Unit 1

Class: _____________________

Date: _____________________

Decide which of the choices below would best complete the article if inserted in the blanks. Circle the appropriate letters. (_____ /15 marks)

Too Much Fast Food? According to a recent survey, Hong Kong consumers (1) more money on convenience foods since the economic downturn. Because companies are trying to make do with fewer staff, employees (2) harder than ever before. More women (3) the workforce as well. They (4) less time to prepare nutritious home-cooked meals for their families. Instead, families (5) out or (6) convenience foods, such as frozen pizzas and instant noodles. These foods (7) more fat, salt and sugar than home-cooked meals. Experts say that eating too much of them (8) the risk of serious health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. However, the trend towards convenience foods (9) some business sectors. Supermarkets (10) to the higher demand for quick, easy-to-serve meals by increasing their selection of convenience and pre-packaged foods. These products often (11) for higher prices than fresh food. Restaurants also (12) from the trend: most Hong Kong people now (13) out at least once a day. Is convenience food just a fad or is home-cooked food (14) a thing of the past? How is this trend

(15) our health?

1

A B C D

are spending will spend spent spends

6

A B C D

bought buying buy be buying

11 A B C D

sells sell selling sold

2

A B C D

be working are working works worked

7

A B C D

containing contains contained contain

12 A B C D

be profiting profit were profiting profits

3

A B C D

is joining are joining will join joining

8

A B C D

increased increases increasing increase

13 A B C D

were eating have eaten eat ate

4

A B C D

have had had having have

9

A B C D

are benefitting benefitted will be is benefitting

14 A B C D

becoming become became is becoming

5

A B C D

be eating eats eat eaing

10 A B C D

responding are responding responds will respond

15 A B C D

affect affecting affected affects

© Oxford University Press

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Answers

Graded grammar worksheets

Name: _____________________

Class: _____________________

PROGRESS 4 Unit 1

Date: _____________________

Decide which of the choices below would best complete the article if inserted in the blanks. Circle the appropriate letters. (_____ /15 marks)

Too Much Fast Food? According to a recent survey, Hong Kong consumers (1) more money on convenience foods since the economic downturn. Because companies are trying to make do with fewer staff, employees (2) harder than ever before. More women (3) the workforce as well. They (4) less time to prepare nutritious home-cooked meals for their families. Instead, families (5) out or (6) convenience foods, such as frozen pizzas and instant noodles. These foods (7) more fat, salt and sugar than home-cooked meals. Experts say that eating too much of them (8) the risk of serious health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. However, the trend towards convenience foods (9) some business sectors. Supermarkets (10) to the higher demand for quick, easy-to-serve meals by increasing their selection of convenience and pre-packaged foods. These products often (11) for higher prices than fresh food. Restaurants also (12) from the trend: most Hong Kong people now (13) out at least once a day. Is convenience food just a fad or is home-cooked food (14) a thing of the past? How is this trend

(15) our health?

1

A B C D

are spending will spend spent spends

6

A B C D

bought buying buy be buying

11 A B C D

sells sell selling sold

2

A B C D

be working are working works worked

7

A B C D

containing contains contained contain

12 A B C D

be profiting profit were profiting profits

3

A B C D

is joining are joining will join joining

8

A B C D

increased increases increasing increase

13 A B C D

were eating have eaten eat ate

4

A B C D

have had had having have

9

A B C D

are benefitting benefitted will be is benefitting

14 A B C D

becoming become became is becoming

5

A B C D

be eating eats eat eaing

10 A B C D

responding are responding responds will respond

15 A B C D

affect affecting affected affects

© Oxford University Press

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Present continuous

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