Present Tenses – Free Exercise

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Choose the correct verbs so that each tense appears once.
Present simple/progressive, present perfect simple/progressive, future I simple/progressive

  1. I five e-mails so far.signal words so far, emphasis on the result → present perfect simple
  2. She since seven o’clock.signal word since (emphasis on the time) → present perfect progressive
  3. Sandy and her mum a cake at the moment.signal words at the momentpresent progressive
  4. Let's ask Tom. He the answer.signal word probably (supposition) → future I simple|know is a verb that we generally don't use in the progressive form
  5. They TV right now.supposition about the progression of an action, signal word probablyfuture I progressive|present progressive would also be correct (especially in American English), but then it would have to be are probably watching.
  6. She is well-informed about politics because she the newspaper every day.signal words every daysimple present

Complete the sentences for situations in the present. Decide which tense you need to use.

  1. Ms Smith (work)   as a sales representative for three years.For how long? (it's the time that counts) → present perfect progressive
  2. In her job, she (drive)   around a lot to meet her customers all over the country.action that regularly takes place in the present → simple present
  3. Today she (travel)   500 km to meet a customer.How far till now? (it's the result that counts) → present perfect simple
  4. She (be/surely)   tired now.supposition about a condition/process in the present → future I simple (will)
  5. At the moment, Ms Smith (stand)   in her hotel room.right at this moment → present progressive
  6. She (arrive/just)  .the action has just been completed → present perfect simple
  7. But she (can/not)   take a little nap now because she (must)   call her customer.actions in the present; modal verbs, however, cannot be used in a progressive tense → simple present
  8. They (wait/probably)   for her phone call.supposition about what is probably happening the the moment → future I progressive