Exercise 1: present continuous

(Practise your skills in using the present progressive)

Present progressive (ing form) – cloze test (difficulty: 2 of 5 – rather easy)

Fill the gaps with the correct verb form of the present progressive. This tense is also called present continuous. Consequently, you always have to use an ing form in a gap. Do not use any short forms and don’t forget to capitalize at the beginning of a sentence.

  • Example: “The daughter ________ the housework.” (do) → “The daughter is doing the housework.”

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  1. Could you please pick up the phone. I can’t, I . (cook)
  2. We can leave in five minutes. We the news at the moment. (watch)
  3. Let’s go inside. It to rain. (start)
  4. A: Wow, the party is great. you a good time, too? (have)
    B: Yes, it’s great. I really it. (enjoy)
  5. I’ve got new neighbours. They a new house next to mine. (build)
  6. Don’t drive too fast! It . (snow)
  7. A: Good morning Mrs Parker. Do you know where Tom is? I for him but can’t find him. (look)
    B: Oh yes, he a bath at the moment. (take)
  8. Unfortunately, I’ve lost my job. It’s not easy to find a new one at the moment but I . (try)

Further exercises and explanations related to the ‘Present progressive’

The following exercises and explanations relate to the English grammar explanation ‘Present continuous (progressive)’ and may also help you: