Present simple and continuous tenses

Posted on Feb 21 2014 - 7:58am by Zdenda

Many elementary students feel they cannot see the difference between these two tenses. To help them I have created a rap which explains the grammar and gives some example sentences, two mind maps explaining everything simply and several games to practise this grammar point. I hope you will find it useful.

Present tenses – mind maps

The first mind map explains the basics about the present simple tense:

Present simple tense mind map

The second mind map has already been published here in the post on Present continuous tense. The mind map explains the usage and form of the present continuous tense.

Present continuous tense mind map

Present tenses – rap

Watch the rap and then try to answer the comprehension questions in the game On target. The rap explains the usage of the two tenses and gives some examples.

Now try the comprehension game. Answer all the questions and then shoot the bad ducks 🙂
Play the game here.

Present tenses – games


Now it is time to check whether you understand the grammar point. Here is a game called En Garde. Your task is to choose the correct tense and then hit your opponent. Good luck.

You can play the game En Garde here.

8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Zdenda 22/02/2014 at 8:14 am -

    I hope you will find it useful.

  2. AtiraJafarova 24/02/2014 at 10:33 am -

    very useful link.

  3. Sohan Prasad sharma 01/03/2014 at 10:03 am -

    can I copy and supply to the teachers of the school so that it will work as an extra helpful material to teach English to the students?

  4. Zdenda 01/03/2014 at 10:05 am -

    Yes, certainly yes. As long as you do not try to sell it or pretend it has been created by you, you are free to share the printouts of the site. If you will share this on your website, please provide a backlink. Thank you.

  5. sohan prasad sharma 01/03/2014 at 11:43 am -

    thank you for the information!

  6. Reni 06/03/2014 at 3:17 pm -

    Hi there,
    I just somehow did not get the instructions for the both games. Can u give me a clue, please? Thx

  7. oumar sonko 06/03/2014 at 5:02 pm -

    very useful indeed

  8. Zdenda 07/03/2014 at 9:12 am -

    I do not understand your question.

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