Beginner English Grammar (A2) Lesson 1 of 25

Present Simple

Read and listen to four conversations using the grammar.

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Conversation 1

Man: What do you do?
Woman: I work at a tech company.
Man: Oh, what do you do there?
Woman: I design software.
Man: Do you like your job?
Woman: Yeah, I enjoy it.
Man: Where is your office?
Woman: I work at the new office downtown.
Man: Nice. How do you get to work?
Woman: I take the bus. I don’t have a car.
Man: Same here!

Conversation 2

Man: Do you belong to a gym?
Woman: Yes, I go to the gym near my house.
Man: What do you do at the gym? How do you exercise?
Woman: On Monday and Tuesday I do yoga. The gym has a pool, so I sometimes swim.
Man: Oh, I do yoga too! I do it at home though. I watch videos online.
Woman: Oh, you don’t belong to a gym?
Man: No, I don’t like gyms. For exercise, I jog in the park, or play soccer with friends.
Woman: Oh, that works. I love running in the park.
Man: Cool! Let’s jog together sometime.
Woman: I’d like that!

Conversation 3

Man: What do your parents do?
Woman: They both work in sales.
Man: Oh, what do they sell?
Woman: They sell houses. They have a real estate company.
Man: That’s a difficult job.
Woman: It is. They work long hours, but they like it. What about your parents?
Man: They’re professors. They teach at the university.
Woman: Oh, what do they teach?
Man: They both teach business.

Conversation 4

Man: Where do you live?
Woman: I live near the river.
Man: Oh, I love that area. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
Woman: I live in a house.
Man: Nice. Do you live alone, or with family?
Woman: I live with my parents. I don’t pay rent, so I save money.
Man: Do you like it there?
Woman: Yes, I do, but my house is old. What about you?
Man: I live in a small apartment downtown near the station.
Woman: Do you live alone?
Man: Yes, I do, but I want a roommate.
Woman: Really? How much is the rent?

Verbs in Simple Present Tense (First Person)

We use the simple present to talk about actions we do again and again.

Point 1: WH questions use the following pattern.

  • Wh + do + noun / pronoun + verb ... ?
  1. What do you do?
  2. Where do you live?
  3. How do you get to school?
  4. When do you exercise?
  5. Why do you want a pet?
Point 2: Affirmative statements use the following pattern:
  1. I work for a tech company.
  2. I live near the station.
  3. I take the bus.
  4. I play soccer every Monday night.
Point 3: Negative statements use the following pattern:
  1. I do not work from home.
  2. I do not live near my work.
  3. I don't drive to work.
  4. I don't exercise that much.

In spoken English we often say don't instead of do not.

Point 4: Yes/No questions use the following pattern:

  • Do + noun / pronoun + verb ... ?
  1. Do you like tennis?
  2. Do you have a car?
  3. Do you cook a lot?
  4. Do you want a pet?
Point 5: You do not need to repeat the verb when you answer a Yes/No question.
  1. Do you like tennis?
  2. Yes, I do. (Yes, I like tennis.)
  3. No, I don't. (No, I don't like tennis.)
  4. It depends. (Sometimes yes and sometimes no.)
Answer these questions about the interview.

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A2 Grammar Lesson
A2-01 Present Simple
I work at a tech company.

A2 Grammar Lesson
A2-02 Third Person Singular
He works at a hospital.

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A2-03 Present Continuous
I am writing a letter to my friend.

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A2-04 Will / Future Tense
I won’t take up much of your time.

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A2-05 Going to / Future Tense
What are you going to do tonight?

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