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ESL GRAMMAR EXERCISES
[Suitable for all levels.]
CHANGE TO THE PRESENT TENSE.
I .She usually came to school on time.
2. They didn't have many friends in our class.
3. We ate together in the cafeteria.
4. He came to work late.
5. They sent the photographs to us in the mail.
6. 1 had fun at the dentist's office.
7. 1 wasn't telling the truth. (This one is a little different.)
8. We weren't happy with the quality of the products.
THE FUTURE TENSE
The future tense is the easiest of all English tenses. There are two basic methods
of indicating the future. The first is through the use of the word "will." By preceding the
verb we wish to use with the word "will," the tense of the sentence is changed to the future.
"We will eat at six o'clock." English also uses the informal future found in some of the
other languages. This involves the use of the word "going" as in "We are going to eat at
six o'clock." Remind your students that when they use the latter form, they must also use
the word 'to" as in the example.
Also note that when the present tense form of the verb ends
in "-s," the "-s" is not used with "will" or "going to." "I run to the store." becomes
"I will run to the store." But "He runs to the store," becomes "He will run to the store."
CHANGE THE SENTENCES BELOW TO THE FUTURE.
1. I eat often. . . . . I will eat often. . . . . I am going to eat often.
Experiment with negative examples and spend some time introducing the contractions
frequently used in conjunction with the future tenses, for example, "I'll try harder." or
"I'm going to try harder."
2. I hate that movie.
3. 1 like her hairstyle.
4. 1 play baseball.
5. 1 try harder.
*The material in this handout has been adapted from Lesson Plans and
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