4. Present Continuous, Present Perfect

4. Present Continuous, Present Perfect

Bill forgets his wallet.

Main Practise:    * Present Continuous  -  Present Perfect
Revision:              for ages  -  take up  -  well, anyway  -  to use

*In some places in the conversation other tenses are possible but here we are just
practising the Present Continuous (for planned, future actions) and the Present Perfect.

Present Perfect   - have/has + past participle
Here the Present Perfect is used for:
recent action, i.e.
- I've been to the dentist. (A few hours ago.)
- They've bought a new car. (Probably in the last few days or weeks.)

experience, or not, in your life, i.e.
- He's lived in many places. 
- I've never been to America.

*for ages
- She's wanted to see that film for ages.
- I haven't been to London for ages.

*for ages - for a long time, relative to topic, i.e.
  • I haven't bought a newspaper for ages. (Might mean one month if the speaker
                                                                           used to buying a paper every day.)
  • She hasn't seen him for ages - could mean a month or many years.

take up
- (Phrasal Verb) to begin a hobby or past-time, i.e.

She's taken up tennis.
He said he's going to take up gardening when he retires.


Bill and Samantha have gone to a river-side restaurant. Unfortunately, Bill has forgotten his wallet.

Fill the gaps with Present Continuous or the Present Perfect only.

Contract pronouns, i.e. you are = you're    -    I have = I've 

Sam:  We'd better go, Bill, it's (get) late and you're
            (work) tomorrow.

Bill:   Yes, but it's so nice (sit) here by the river. But
            you're right, I do have to work tomorrow.

Sam:  How much is the bill?

Bill:   Just over thirty five pounds. That's very good,  for such excellent food. Oh no…

Sam:  What is it?

Bill:    (forget) my wallet.

Sam:  Check your other pockets.

Bill:    No, I always put it in my back trouser pocket.

Sam:   Maybe you left it in the car?

Bill:     No, I don't think so.  Have (bring) your purse with you?

Sam:    Luckily, yes, I have. We can use my credit card.

Bill:      Well, never (do) that before.

Sam:     First time for everything, as they say.

Bill:      Yes, I suppose so. Well, anyway, I'm glad we came here,
                (want) to try this restaurant for ages.


Only use the Present Continuous or Present Perfect.
Contract the pronouns, i.e. I have = I've  -  you are = you're  -  she is = she's

- I won't be (join) you tomorrow for tennis. To be honest,
  never (enjoy) sport very much. I prefer to sit down
  with a good book. But if you're (have) tea and cake after the
  game I'd love to come along.

- Well, if you want tea and cake tomorrow you have to join me for

- Yoga?

- Yes, (want) to take up yoga for ages and
   (start) a class next week, Thursday evening. 

- Ah well, actually, (book) tickets for the theatre that evening.

- I don't believe you.

- Ask your sister, (come) with me.