A: Do you always sleep on the floor? B: No, but I'm sleeping on the floor today because my bed is broken.
Present Simple Tense and Present Progressive Tense 1. A: Are you sleeping on the floor? B: Yes, I am. I’m very tired. A: Do you always sleep on the floor? B: No, I don’t, but I’m sleeping on the floor today. A: Aren’t you feeling kind of uncomfortable? B: Yes, I am. But my bed is broken. 2. A: Are you using an old record player? B: Yes, I am. I like to listen to music. A: Do you usually use a record player? B: No, I don’t. But I’m using a record player today. A: Isn’t the sound kind of scratchy? B: Yes, it is. But, unfortunately, my CD player is broken. 3. A: Is Jose wearing his old blue shirt today? B: Yes, he is. He needs to get to work early. A: Does he usually wear that old shirt? B: No, he doesn’t. He never wears that shirt. A: Why is he wearing it today? B: He spilled soup on his new blue shirt. 4. A: Is Maria riding her bicycle to school today? B: Yes, she is. She has to be there in ten minutes. A: Does she usually ride her bicycle to school? It’s kind of dangerous. B: She never rides her bicycle to school. A: Why is she riding her bicycle today? B: Her car is at the repair shop. It needs a tune up. 5. A: Are Mr. and Mrs. Blue shopping downtown today? B: Yes, they are. They need to buy a birthday present for their daughter. A: Do they usually shop downtown? The traffic is heavy. B: No, they never shop downtown. A: They never shop downtown if they can avoid it. B: I don’t know why they’re shopping downtown. A: Maybe they’re buying something on sale. 6. A: Are those your best dishes in the bathtub? B: Yes, they are. I’m trying to be careful. A: Do you always wash your dishes in the bathtub? B: No, I never wash my dishes in the bathtub. A: Then, why are you washing them in the bathtub today? B: My sink is broken, and the plumber is too busy. 7. A: Are you and Pedro taking the bus to L.A.? B: Yes, we are. We’re going to celebrate my mother’s birthday. A: Do you usually take the bus when you go there? B: No, we don’t. But we’re taking the bus this time. A: Why are you taking the bus? Isn’t it very slow? B: Yes, it is, but we couldn’t get a plane reservation. 8. A: Is the washing machine working today? B: No, it isn’t. That’s why I’m washing my clothes at the laundromat. A: Do you usually wash your clothes at home? B: I always wash my clothes at home when the washer works. A: I don’t have a washing machine. B: That’s why you always wash your clothes at the laundromat. 9. A: Is Sylvia listening to the news on the radio? B: Yes, she is. She wants to hear about the election. A: Does she usually listen to the news on the radio? B: No, she doesn’t. She usually watches the news on TV. A: Why isn’t she watching the news on TV now? B: Unfortunately, her cousin is using her TV. Her cousin is watching a football game. 10. A: I’m looking for Tom Parker. Is he around? B: He’s in room 6. He’s writing a report right now. A: I looked for him in Room 6. He wasn’t there. B: That’s strange. Tom usually writes reports on the computer in Room 6. A: I saw a repairman. He was fixing the computer in Room 6. B: That’s right. The computer is down. Try Room 7.
Welcome to Grammartalk. This blog contains conversation practices that focus on the grammar of English. The conversations are what people might really say in each situation. However, the grammar is stressed. A good way to use Grammartalk is to practice the conversations, and also notice the grammar in the questions and answers. This site is a good place to practice both conversation and grammar. Also, check out the other blogs: Dialogue Workout, Consonants for ESL Students, and ESL Audio Files. There is a lot of material here for students of English as a Second Language. Enjoy!
This is a little about our beloved friend and CCSF instructor John Robinson. John passed at the beginning of 2015. He is sorely missed by his colleagues and students, all of whom remember him with that gleam in his eyes, his wonderful sense of humor and his ability to be totally focused on each person he was communicating with. We love you Joh!
John: I taught English as A Second Language for many years. I started teaching at Chinatown Campus in 1970. I taught English as a Second Language at Mission Campus of City College beginning in 1987. I've been retired since December, 2012.