Present simple exercises for intermediate students (with answers)

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1. Complete the sentence with the affirmative form of the verb in brackets.

a)  I ____________ (drive), but my sister ____________ (cycle).
b) The Sun _________ (rise) in the east and __________ (set) in the west.
c) The Prime Minister ___________ (travel) abroad in his own private airplane.
d) It __________ (cost) $20 million to be a space tourist for one week in the International Space Station.
e) The European Commission ___________ (meet) in Brussels.
f) My dad __________ (read) two books every week.
g) I ______________ (understand) geography more than science.
h) My favorite TV programme ______________ (start) at half-past ten.
i) The teachers at our school _____________ (give) us lots of homework.
j) We ______________ (like) swimming because it's fun and good exercise.

2. Complete the sentence with the negative form of the verb in brackets. Use contractions.

a) You _______________ (do) any of the cooking!
b) My brother ________________ (play) tennis because he _________ (like).
c) I _______________ (think) that's a good idea.
d) Teachers ________________ (work) at weekends.
e) The government _________________ (agree) with the new EU laws.
f) We _________________ (want) to see that film because it looks boring.
g) His mum ______________________ (drive) a fast car.
h) Those new mp3 players ____________________ (be) very expensive.
i) These birds __________________ (stay) in the country during winter.
j) He __________________ (sing) very well, does he?

3. Complete the sentence with the affirmative or negative form of the verb in brackets. Use contractions.

a) The plane _________ (leave) in half an hour but Nick ____________ (not/be) at the airport yet.
b) I ________ (not/study) chemistry because it ________ (be) difficult.
c) I ________ (not/dance) because I ________ (look) stupid. 
d) The Sun _________ (not/go) round the Earth, the Earth _________(go) around the sun!
e) My new computer __________ (do) lots more things than my old one, and it ____________ (not/crash).
f) My dad __________ (not/have) any qualifications but he ________ (have) a really good job.
g) Fire _________ (need) oxygen to burn. It __________ (not/burn) without oxygen.
h) My teacher _____________ (not/own) a mobile phone because some people think they _______ (be) bad for your health.
i) According to scientists, animals ___________ (live) longer if they ____________(not/eat) too much.

4. Complete the text with the affirmative form of the verbs in brackets.

Emperor penguins ____________ (live) in the Antarctic. The sea ________ (provide) all their food, so they are good swimmers. They _________ (dive) under the water and _________ (hold)  their breath for up to 20 minutes. When the weather is very cold, the penguins __________ (stand) in a group. This __________ (keep) them warm. The Emperor is the only penguin that __________ (breed) in winter in Antarctica. Each female ____________ (lay) one egg in May or June. They then ___________ (return) to the sea to feed. Each male then ___________ (stand) with an egg on his feet. His feet _______ (keep) the egg warm. He __________ (sleep) most of the time and __________ (eat) no food for about 65 days. When the egg __________ (hatch), the female _________ (come) back and ________ (find) her mate. Now the females ___________ (feed) the young penguins. The male _________ (spend) his time eating. After a few weeks, the male ___________ (return)  to the family, and then both parents ___________ (look after) the chick.

5. Complete the text with the negative form of the verbs in brackets.

ROMEO AND JULIET

Two families, the Montagues and Capulets, live in Verona, Italy, but they ____________ (get on) with each other. Romeo, son of Montague, thinks he is in love with Rosaline, but unfortunately she _________ (love) him. He goes to see her at a party at the house of his enemy Capulet, but there he sees Juliet, Capulet's daughter. She __________ (know) his name because he has a mask. Tybalt, one of the Capulet family, tries to fight with Romeo, but Capulet ___________ (allow) this. However, Tybalt __________ (agree) with him, and __________ (forgive) Romeo for coming to the house. Romeo manages to talk to Juliet, and he kisses her. They ___________ (understand) that their families are enemies.When Romeo learns the truth, he ___________ (care) that his love for Juliet could be very dangerous. Later he goes back to the house and stands in the garden. Juliet is standing on the balcony talking to herself about Romeo, but ________ (see) him below in the garden. After he talks to her, they soon show their love for each other, and agree to get married. However, they _____________ (realize) that a terrible tragedy is about to happen.

ANSWERS

1. Complete the sentence with the affirmative form of the verb in brackets.

a)  I drive, but my sister cycles.
b) The Sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
c) The Prime Minister travels abroad in his own private airplane.
d) It costs $20 million to be a space tourist for one week in the International Space Station.
e) The European Commission meets in Brussels.
f) My dad reads two books every week.
g) I understand geography more than science.
h) My favorite TV programme starts at half-past ten.
i) The teachers at our school give us lots of homework.
j) We like swimming because it's fun and good exercise.

2. Complete the sentence with the negative form of the verb in brackets. Use contractions.

a) You don't do any of the cooking!
b) My brother doesn't play tennis because he doesn't like.
c) I don't think that's a good idea.
d) Teachers don't work at weekends.
e) The government doesn't agree with the new EU laws.
f) We don't want to see that film because it looks boring.
g) His mum doesn't drive a fast car.
h) Those new mp3 players aren't very expensive.
i) These birds don't stay in the country during winter.
j) He doesn't sing very well, does he?

3. Complete the sentence with the affirmative or negative form of the verb in brackets. Use contractions.

a) The plane leaves in half an hour but Nick isn't at the airport yet.
b) I don't study chemistry because it is difficult.
c) I don't dance because I look stupid. 
d) The Sun doesn't go round the Earth, the Earth goes around the sun!
e) My new computer does lots more things than my old one, and it doesn't crash.
f) My dad doesn't have any qualifications but he has a really good job.
g) Fire needs oxygen to burn. It doesn't burn without oxygen.
h) My teacher doesn't own a mobile phone because some people think they are bad for your health.
i) According to scientists, animals live longer if they don't eat too much.

4. Complete the text with the affirmative form of the verbs in brackets.

Emperor penguins live in the Antarctic. The sea provides all their food, so they are good swimmers. They dive under the water and hold their breath for up to 20 minutes. When the weather is very cold, the penguins stand in a group. This keeps them warm. The Emperor is the only penguin that breeds in winter in Antarctica. Each female lays one egg in May or June. They then return to the sea to feed. Each male then stands with an egg on his feet. His feet keep the egg warm. He sleeps most of the time and eats no food for about 65 days. When the egg hatches, the female comes back and finds her mate. Now the females feed the young penguins. The male spends his time eating. After a few weeks, the male returns to the family, and then both parents look after the chick.

5. Complete the text with the negative form of the verbs in brackets.

ROMEO AND JULIET

Two families, the Montagues and Capulets, live in Verona, Italy, but they don't get on with each other. Romeo, son of Montague, thinks he is in love with Rosaline, but unfortunately she doesn't love him. He goes to see her at a party at the house of his enemy Capulet, but there he sees Juliet, Capulet's daughter. She doesn't know his name because he has a mask. Tybalt, one of the Capulet family, tries to fight with Romeo, but Capulet doesn't allow this. However, Tybalt doesn't agree with him, and doesn't forgive Romeo for coming to the house. Romeo manages to talk to Juliet, and he kisses her. They don't understand that their families are enemies.When Romeo learns the truth, he doesn't care that his love for Juliet could be very dangerous. Later he goes back to the house and stands in the garden. Juliet is standing on the balcony talking to herself about Romeo, but doesn't see him below in the garden. After he talks to her, they soon show their love for each other and agree to get married. However, they don't realize that a terrible tragedy is about to happen.

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