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Simple Present Practice Worksheet


This Simple Present Practice Lesson Plan is designed to reinforce your understanding of the simple present tense. It covers forms, use, and spelling rules, and provides various exercises to practice the affirmative, negative, and interrogative forms.

Simple Present Practice Lesson Plan


  • This worksheet is suitable for beginner English learners.


  • Review and practice the simple present forms (affirmative, negative, and interrogative).
  • Understand the usage of the simple present in different contexts.
  • Master the spelling rules for adding “s” to the 3rd person singular.

Materials Needed:

  • Pen or pencil
  • This worksheet
  • Partner for pair exercises


Approximately 60 minutes

Simple Present Practice Lesson Plan

In this comprehensive simple present practice lesson plan, we will delve into a thorough review of the simple present tense, covering its various forms, uses, and spelling rules. Students will be engaged in dynamic practice exercises designed to reinforce their understanding of this fundamental aspect of English grammar.

From affirmative and negative forms to interrogative structures, your students will have the opportunity to hone their skills.

The lesson culminates in a production activity, where students will apply their knowledge by creating paragraphs using the simple present tense.

Review the simple present tense

To enhance comprehension before delving into the simple present practice worksheet, initiate a comprehensive review of the simple present tense. Activate your students’ prior knowledge by guiding them through a focused exploration of the affirmative, negative, and interrogative forms.

Simple Present Forms Review

Encourage active participation by inviting students to complete charts that illustrate these forms, providing a solid foundation for the subsequent practice activities.

1. Use the verb “work” to complete these charts:

Affirmative Form:

I, you, we, they
He, she, it
Affirmative Form Of The Present Present

Interrogative Form:

I, you, we, they
He, she, it
Interrogative Form Of the Simple present

Interrogative Form:

I, you, we, they
He, she, it
Interrogative Form Of The Simple Present

Simple Present Use – True or False

To reinforce the understanding of the simple present tense, facilitate a collaborative activity with your students. In pairs, have them assess the accuracy of statements related to the simple present tense by determining whether each statement is true or false. This activity promotes engagement, teamwork, and a deeper grasp of the key concepts within the simple present tense.

2. Work in pairs. Decide if the following statements are true or false.

  1. The simple present is used to talk about past events.
  2. The simple present is used to talk about routines.
  3. The simple present is used to talk about actions happening at the time of speaking.
  4. The simple present is used for future actions.
  5. The simple present is used for general truths.

Spelling Rules for Adding ‘s’

The concluding segment of the worksheet’s review section focuses on the spelling of the third person singular. This activity serves the purpose of reinforcing the rules for adding ‘s’ to subject pronouns such as he, she, and it, aiming to refresh and solidify students’ understanding of this crucial aspect of grammar.

3. Work in pairs and study the following spelling rules for the third person singular:

General rule: Add -sVerbs ending in o: Add -esVerbs ending in consonant + y: Drop the y and add -iesVerbs ending in vowel + y: Add -s
Play = plays
Talk = talks
Wait = waits
Work = works
Go = goes
Do = does
Echo = echoes
Veto = vetoes
Study = studies
Apply = applies
Fly = flies
Carry = carries
Play = plays
Say = says
Obey = beys
Enjoy = enjoys
Third-Person Singular Spelling Rules

Simple Present Practice

Following the comprehensive review of forms, uses, and third-person singular spelling, it’s now opportune to delve into practical application with the simple present practice. This lesson plan encompasses a range of exercises designed to reinforce spelling rules, and affirmative, negative, and interrogative forms, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of the simple present tense.

This simple present practice lesson plan starts with the application of the rules for the third-person singular.

In the following exercise, students are encouraged to skillfully compose the correct form of various verbs in the third person singular.

1. Write the third person singular in the present simple for the following verbs in the right place.

Verb3rd Person singular (he, she, it)

Third-person Singular Spelling Exercise

The next exercise invites students to put the verbs in brackets in the correct present simple tense form:

2. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs.

  1. Mary… (swim) at the pool every weekend.
  2. The sun… (rise) in the east every morning.
  3. The students… (study) for exams in the library.
  4. The dog… (bark) when someone knocks on the door.
  5. Alex… (write) a journal every night.
  6. The bus… (arrive) at the station on time.
  7. My parents… (visit) their friends every Sunday.
  8. The clock… (tick) loudly in the silent room.
  9. The chef… (prepare) delicious meals for the restaurant.
  10. I… (take) a walk in the park after dinner.

For honing skills in the negative forms of the present simple, two exercises are provided. The initial exercise is receptive, enabling students to select from the options: do, does, don’t, or doesn’t. In the second exercise, students are prompted to transform verbs in brackets into their respective negative forms.

3. Choose the correct option.

  1. She don’t / doesn’t like spicy food.
  2. We don’t / doesn’t watch horror movies.
  3. The cat don’t / doesn’t sleep on the sofa.
  4. I don’t / doesn’t wear glasses.
  5. They don’t / doesn’t speak French.
  6. My grandparents don’t / doesn’t use smartphones.
  7. The train don’t / doesn’t arrive on time.
  8. My sister don’t / doesn’t play the piano.
  9. The flowers don’t / doesn’t need much water.
  10. He don’t / doesn’t enjoy shopping.

4. Fill in the gaps with the negative forms of the present simple of the verbs in brackets.

  1. My brother… (not / enjoy) spicy food.
  2. The cat… (not / sleep) on the bed.
  3. We.. (not / visit) museums on weekends.
  4. John… (not / forget) his keys at home.
  5. Sarah… (not / play) video games.
  6. The baby… (not / cry) during the night.
  7. They… (not / believe) in ghosts.
  8. The dog… (not / bark) at strangers.
  9. My friends… (not / appreciate) loud music.
  10. The teacher… (not / assign) homework on Fridays.

After ample practice with negative forms, it’s time to engage students in honing their skills with interrogative forms. This involves two exercises: the first prompts students to arrange sentences into the correct interrogative form, while the second exercise combines practice in both interrogative and negative sentences in the simple present.

5. Use the interrogative form of the present simple.

  1. … … … (the students / understand) the lesson?
  2. … … … (you / enjoy) watching horror movies?
  3. … … … (the boys / play) football after school?
  4. … … … (the baby / sleep) through the night?
  5. … … … (your parents / travel) often?
  6. … … … (the team / win) most of their games?
  7. … … … (Jane / speak) Spanish fluently?
  8. … … … (your brother / use) public transportation?
  9. … … … (the teacher / assign) homework regularly?
  10. … … … (the neighbors / complain) about the noise?

6. Rewrite the sentences both in the negative and interrogative forms.

  1. The cat sleeps on the windowsill.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …
  2. They often visit their grandparents.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …
  3. Our dog barks loudly at strangers.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …
  4. The sun rises in the east.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …
  5. She reads a book before bedtime.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …
  6. We eat dinner at 7 o’clock.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …
  7. The students submit their assignments online.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …
  8. Jack always forgets his umbrella.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …
  9. The train departs at 9 AM.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …
  10. The flowers bloom in the spring.
    • Negative: …
    • Interrogative: …

Having practiced the affirmative, interrogative, and negative forms of the simple present, the teacher can now present a challenge to students: identifying and correcting mistakes in sentences. This activity not only sharpens problem-solving skills but also fosters critical thinking among students.

7. Correct the mistakes in these sentences:

  1. Do they visits the museum?
  2. Jane play the guitar well.
  3. Do Sarah speak Spanish fluently?
  4. Does it rains often in this city?
  5. The students doesn’t understands the lesson?
  6. My friends knows the answer.
  7. Do the dog barks loudly at night?
  8. She cook dinner every night?
  9. I makes mistakes sometimes.
  10. Does the baby cries a lot?
Simple Present Practice
Simple Present Practice

Production Activity:

The central objective of the production stage activity is to enhance fluency. A degree of tolerance towards students’ errors is permissible, and corrections may be deferred to prioritize a smooth flow of language expression.

This activity involves students being given a table depicting various activities performed by different individuals. Initially, they collaborate in pairs, posing questions to each other about the Sunday activities of these individuals. Subsequently, they are encouraged to write short paragraphs using the simple present tense to describe these people’s routines.

Nameplay tenniswatch TVgo joggingeat out

Here are some tips to monitor this activity:

  • The primary focus of this activity is fluency:
  • Positive Reinforcement:
    • Begin with positive reinforcement.
    • Highlight aspects where students successfully used “does” and “do” correctly in questions and statements.
  • Accuracy Check:
    • Address any common errors in the use of “does” and “do.”
    • Correct any misunderstandings in the ticked activities based on the provided table.
  • Encourage Variety:
    • Praise creativity in paragraph formation.
    • Encourage students to use a variety of verbs and expressions.
  • Address Challenges:
    • Identify common challenges students faced during the activity.
    • Provide additional examples or explanations to clarify specific points.
  • Peer Engagement:
    • Encourage listening during peer presentations.
    • Prompt questions from the class about the activities mentioned in each paragraph.
  • Positive Language:
    • Use positive language to reinforce efforts.
    • Create an atmosphere where students feel comfortable and motivated to participate.
  • Next Steps:
    • Offer guidance on how to improve further.
    • Suggest additional practice or related activities for reinforcement.


In conclusion, this comprehensive lesson plan on the simple present tense incorporates a thorough review and a diverse range of exercises covering forms, uses, and spelling. Whether you’re reinforcing existing knowledge or introducing new concepts, this lesson plan offers a valuable resource. For a visually appealing worksheet aligned with this lesson, click here.

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