Back to Basics: Review Present Simple and Modals
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but a has started, and it’s amazing. So, in the spirit of great David Attenborough documentaries, our listening exercise today is a clip from another one of his incredible shows-Africa. Before we watch the clip and complete the exercises, let’s review some basic grammar concepts: present simple and modal verbs. Sometimes, when you’re learning a language and improving a lot (thanks to our talented LOI instructors!), it’s important to make sure you have a solid base. Even advanced students need reminders about these conjugations at times. As always, we love to hear from you, so write your answers in the comments section below!
Form: (I/You/We/They) + (verb) (He/She/It) + (verb)s
- repeated actions (hobbies, habits, daily events)
- facts, generalizations
- events in near future
- now (non-continuous verbs: be, have, need, want, like, hate, and more.)
- He (is not needing/does not need) help right now.
- My flight (leave/leaves) tomorrow at 11:00.
- New York (are/is) a big city.
- I (wake/wakes) up at 7:00 each day.
- I (is/am) at your apartment now.
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Form: (Subject) + (modal) + (base verb)
- You (could to be/could be) right.
- He (couldn’t find/couldn’t found) his car keys.
- Could (you gives/you give) me a ride to school?
- She (cans watch/can watch) the game tonight.
- They (must to go/must go) to the repair shop.
- He (doesn’t must go/must not go).
- The Drongo __ the Kalahari’s greatest _________, and these ___ his victims.
- After warming up in the morning sun, the meerkats _____ their search for breakfast.
- The Drongo ___ now _____ his tricks, but he _____ first ___ the confidence of his victims.
- He _____ an eagle on the hunt and ______ a warning, one that _____ the meerkats gratefully scurrying to safety.
- Now, he ___ their trust.
- He ______ another warning, but this time, ___ a false alarm.
- The meerkats fell for it. The idiom, ‘to fall for’ means to believe something without reservation. Do you often fall for someone’s tricks?
- How is the Drongo a ‘trickster’?
- This all _____ too easy. He _____ the same trick again.
- The meerkats aren’t stupid. They’ll only ____ for it once.
- No meerkat ___ _______ that. Sentries never ___. But, the sentry ____ no danger.
- Of course, ___ the Drongo.
- Now, he ___ _____ his prize.