Quiz 1: beginning – intermediate
Quiz 2: intermediate – advanced
The earth turns 360 degrees every day.
The earth is turning right now.
*Simon get up at 6 a.m. everyday.
El Nino is an unusual warming of ocean water.
This weather pattern comes about the time of the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child, "El Nino" – December.
My name is Isabela. (100% permanent)
I am a mother. (99% permanent)
I am married. (50% permanent)
I work at Children's Hospital in Oakland. (?)
I am working to get my nursing certification. (temporary)
I am having difficulty. (temporary)
I usually work 9 to 5. He often plays golf on Saturday. We always eat dinner together. Frequently, we have lunch out. We never eat breakfast together.
Helen is jogging around the park right now.
Helen is jogging around the park this morning.
Intermediate – Advanced ELL
We have been reading the news online every morning for many years. (indefinite timing)
Yesterday, the four of us were reading the same story on different websites. (definite timing)
As we were sharing details from our websites, we realized that the details differed. (backgrounding)
We fact-checked, discussed and determined how much truth the article presented. (series of events)
"Where did you read that?" he asked. (source, origin question)
The exhibition returns to the Hall of Science this week. (routine)
The exhibition is returning to the Hall of Science this week. (near future)
The exhibition will return to the Hall of Science next week. (scheduled/ calendar event)
The exhibition will be returning to the Hall of Science next week. (active timing, "Don't miss it!")
We will be walking around while he is playing with the dinosaurs. (future background activity) See Future Progressive (modals).
She is joyful. (links description to the subject)
Be joyful! Don't be sad. (dynamic)
I am her sister. (links identify to the subject)
I am older. (links description)
We are outside. (links location-place)
We are late. (links location-time)
We are in luck. (links circumstance)
He is tired.
He seems upset.
He appears lost.
("Be" + Adjective or Participle Modifier)
The skunk smells bad. He stinks!
Sandpaper feels rough.
The soup tastes salty.
*The skunk is smelling bad.
I think you are correct.
I believe you know what you are talking about.
I like living here.
~How are you liking living here?
~I am thinking that…
The little dog has a ball. (is in possession of)
The dog has light-colored fur. (characteristic)
She's having fun. (experience)
No action involved; but:
Let's have a look. (do, carry out, perform)
Baby faces amuse people.
Politicians please voters.
Her action amazed everyone.
The Golden Gate bridge measures 8,981 ft. / 2,737 m. long.
The bridge weighs 887,000 tons / 804,700,00 kg.
This man goes into a bar and he has a few drinks. Then he asks the bartender to play a game of billiards.
After I make tea, we will watch a movie on TV .
I will make tea. Afterward, we'll watch a movie on TV
I will make some tea before we watch a movie on TV.
Intermediate ESL, Native Speaker
When you called, he picked up his cell phone.
While he was talking on the phone, the baby slept.
Intermediate– Advanced ESL, Native Speaker
By the time I leave work, the sun will be setting. (ongoing)
By the time I leave work, the sun will have set. (completed)
Jason raises the blinds.
Jason studies English.
The glass broke.
Jason broke the glass.
The baby weighs 10 lbs.
The doctor weighed the baby.
My friend is bringing me a letter.
My friend is bringing a letter to me.
My friend is bringing me it.
Intermediate–Advanced ESL, Native Speakers
The earthquake happened on April 3, 2009 in Italy.
*The earthquake was happened on April 3, 2009 in Italy.
The baby weighed 7 lbs.
*The baby was weighed 7 lbs.
*Tom work at a grocery store.
*Every day, he arrive early to do his chore.
A year ago, people weren't much thinking about mobile phones but now the voices are getting louder about it.
We've been quiet. (present perfect - active)
We're being quiet. (present progressive - active)
We've been seen by Dr. Allen. (present perfect - passive)
We 're being seen by Dr. Allen (present progressive - passive)
Beginning – Advanced ESL, native speakers
No one / Not anyone has parked illegally.
His inability / disability was clear to us.
He was unsatisfied / dissatisfied.
He would park there, wouldn't he?
We asked him not to park there.
I doubt that he *never / ever helps.
He is neither optimistic nor pessimistic.
His no nonsense approach to life is refreshing. (expression)