play a game:
I play football.
play an instrument:
I play the guitar.
play music:
I play my favourite music on my CD player.
I play my favourite music on my iPod.
My neighbours play loud music.

see / look at / watch

Remember these uses:
· talk + preposition: Talk to me. / He talked to me.
· tell + preposition: Tell me. / He told me.
· say + preposition: He said to me. / My parents often say to me "You should study more".

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See = to ‘see’ something that comes into our sight that we weren’t looking for.
Did you see that bird? (I wasn’t looking for it, it just appeared.)
I saw you driving to work today.’

Look at = to look at something for a reason, with an intention.
Look at that strange man.’
Look at the pictures I took on holiday.’

Watch = to look at something carefully, usually at something which is moving.
Watch TV’ (the TV doesn’t move, but you watch the moving images carefully.)
Watch here you are going! You almost stepped on my foot!

say / speak / talk / tell

What language?
speak (more formal)
to somebody (eg. Speak to me)
with somebody (eg. Speak with me)
eg. speak fluently, speak slowly
eg. speak English, speak Russian
talk (more colloquial)
to somebody (eg. Talk to me)
with somebody (eg. Talk with me)
Speak to or talk to may imply superiority or reprimanding, eg. A teacher wants to speak (talk) to you. / My father wants to speak (talk) with me.

say + noun,
eg. He said something to her.

say + a clause (that)
eg. The said that he can't go to the party.

tell somebody (about / of) something
He always tells me about his future plans.

tell something to somebody
e.g. They tell a story to their son; He tells secrets to everybody; I tell a joke to a friend.

tell somebody that
e.g. I always tell her that she can come to my house.

tell somebody + infinitive (to do)
e.g. I always tell him to be nice.

You may use the preposition about with speak, talk and tell:
about : speak about something / talk about something / tell about something.

Other examples:
hello / good morning / good afternoon / good evening / good night / something / nothing / a prayer / a few words / no more / for certain / for sure / so / ...
the truth / a lie / a story / a secret / a joke / the time / the difference / one from anther / somebody one's name / somebody the way / somebody so / someone's fortune / ...
a question / a favour / the price / after somebody / the time / around / for something / for somebody / ...

fun / funny

I have fun at school. (diversión / divertido)
That joke is funny. (gracioso)
This fish tastes funny. (raro)

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take / get
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do / make

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I am talking.
I'm not talking.
Am I talking?
Yes, I am. / No, I'm not.
You are talking.
You aren't talking.
Are you talking?
Yes, you are. / No, you aren't.
He is talking.
He isn't talking.
Is he talking?
Yes, he is. / No, he isn't.
She is talking.
She isn't talking.
Is she talking?
Yes, she is. / No, she isn't.
It is talking.
It isn't talking.
Is it talking?
Yes, it is. / No, it isn't.
We are talking.
We aren't talking.
Are we talking?
Yes, we are. / No, we aren't.
You are talking.
You aren't talking.
Are you talking?
Yes, you are. / No, you aren't.
They are talking.
They aren't talking.
Are they talking?
Yes, they are. / No, they aren't.

In a Present Continuous sentence you can find:
· now, e.g. I'm singing now.
· right now, She's running right now.
· at the moment, They are studying at the moment.

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The 3 basic spelling rules to write the continuous form (gerund) are:
1. infinitive form + -ing: be > being, go > going, send > sending, ...
2. mono-syllabic verbs (ending in consonant + vowel + consonant) double the final consonant + -ing: sit > sitting, get > getting, swim > swimming, ...
3. verbs ending in -e + -ing: have > having, live > living, write > writing, ...

General spelling rules for verb + -ing:

Do you have any hobbies?
What are your interests?
What plans do you have?

Possible examples:
go for a walk
My parents are going for a walk in the park.

go to
I'm going to the bar to have a coke.
Are you going to the disco? No, we aren't.
listening to
My friends are listening to the radio.

I'm reading a very interesting book.

We are staying at a very big luxurious hotel.
Where are you staying? I'm staying at a hostal.
We are watching television.
What film are you watching? We are watching Superman.

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Do these activities:
· Action verbs - Crossword 1
· Action verbs - Crossword 2
· Picture game

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  • Complete the sentences using the present simple tense or the present continuous tense.
  • Choose the correct word or phrase to complete the question. Each question has only one correct answer. When you are finished click on the "Next Question" button.
  • Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses, then click the "Check" button to check your answers.


/ŋ/ e.g. singer, going, thanks


/m/, /n/, /ŋ/


Free time activities:

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