jueves, 18 de septiembre de 2014

Present Continuous

The use of the present continuous tense

present continuous
  • The present continuous is used to talk about actions happening at the time of speaking. Example:
    • Where is Mary? She is having a bath. (Not she has a bath)
    • What are you doing at the moment in front of your screen? Don't you know? Well … you are reading this lesson. You are learning English.
  • The present continuous can also be used when an action has started but hasn’t finished yet.
    • I am reading a book; it’s a nice book. (It means = I am not necessarily reading it; I started reading it but I haven’t finished it yet

Special verbs

There are verbs which are normally not used in the present continuous.


be, believe, belong, hate, hear, like, love, mean, prefer, remain, realize, see, seem, smell, think, understand, want, wish
It's not correct to say:
He is wanting to buy a new car.*
You must say:
He wants to buy a new car.

The form of the present continuous tense

The verb to be (in the simple present)
verb + ing

The affirmative forms of the present continuous:

You, we, they
He, she, it

The interrogative forms of the present continuous

you, we, they
he, she, it

The negative forms of the present continuous

am not
’m not
You, we, they
are not
He, she, it
is not

Here you have a video with the explanation of this tense, do not miss it!!!!

To finish, here you are some links to practice the present continuous or progressive, it is the same!!


I hope you enjoy the post!


Maria Jose

martes, 16 de septiembre de 2014

Simple Present

The simple present is used:

  • to give opinions - I like ice cream. I don't like spicy food.
  • to talk about schedules - The library opens at eight. It doesn't open at 7.
  • to talk about daily habits (routine actions)- Sara eats a cheese for breakfast every day. She doesn't eat cereal.
  • to give facts - The earth circles the sun. The moon doesn't circle the sun.

The spelling of the third person singular form of the simple present:

All the verbs take an "s" in the simple present when conjugated in the third person singular (he, she, it) form:


  • I visit my parents every summer holiday. But my wife visits her parents every weekend.
  • My brother meets his girlfriend everyday.

So the rule is:

He / she / it + Verb + S

There are however some special cases. Here are the spelling rules:

Silent e
Vowel + y
Consonant + y
Verbs ending ino
Verbs ending in s, z, sh, tch,ch
close = closes 
 = notes
play = plays
say = says
study = studies 
 = marries
go = goes 
do = does
miss = misses
buzz = buzzes
hatch = hatches
finish = finishes
teach = teaches

Things to remember about the simple present:

1.In the interrogative forms, we use "do" or "does".

  • "Do you like the house?"
  • "Does she go to school?"

2; Verbs never take an "s" in the the negative and interrogative forms.

  • "Does he speak German?"
  • "Do they play soccer?"
  • She doesn't like ice cream.

3. don't is the short form of "do not". You can say either:

  • I do not speak Italian, or
  • I don't speak Italian.

4.doesn't is the short form of "does not". you can say either:

  • He does not listen to jazz music, or
  • He doesn't listen to jazz music.



Subject + verb + complements

Example: I play tennis everyday.

We add letters “s” to the verb with the third person (he, she, it)

Ex: She plays tennis everyday.


Subject + don’t or doesn’t + complements

Ex: I don’t play tennis.

       She doesn’t play tennis.     
Don’t: I, You, We, They

Doesn’t: He, She, It


Do or Does + Subject + verb + complements

Ex: Do you play tennis?     Yes, I do / No, I don’t.

       Does she play tennis? Yes, she does / No, she doesn’t.

Do: I, You, We, They

Does: He, She, It 

Here you have a video explaining the simple present, have a look!!! 

Click on the following links to practice: 

domingo, 7 de septiembre de 2014

Welcome Children

Welcome to María Jose's blog!
Through this blog you can learn, revise, study and have fun of course!
You will find activities related to the areas of Natural and Social Sciences, English and Arts and Crafts in the fifth grade of Primary.
I hope you participate actively and you enjoy it.

A new school year is starting and we have a lot of things to do and learn, are you ready??

See you soon!!!

Mª José Fernández

School website: http://www.educa.madrid.org/web/cp.villadecobena.cobena/