Sunday, August 18, 2013

Present Perfect Progressive Tense

Here is an exercise that I use to teach and practice the Present Perfect Progressive Tense.  Bagrut 5 points 

The Present Perfect Progressive Tense

ההווה ממושך מושלם מתאר פעולה, אירוע, או דבר שהתחיל בעבר וממשיך להיום.
אנחנו משתשים את זה כדאי להגדיש שהפעולה ממש ממשך

כל הפעלים הבה הוא בהווה ממשיך מושלם וכל משפט מגדיש שהפעולה התחיל בעבר וממשיך עד היום

Like the present perfect, the present perfect progressive is used to describe an action, event, or condition that has begun in the past and continues into the present. The present perfect progressive, however, is used to stress the on-going nature of that action, condition, or event.
Each of the highlighted verbs in the following sentences is in the present perfect progressive tense and each sentence suggests that the action began in the past and is continuing into the present.

That dog has been barking for three hours; I wonder if someone will call the owner.

I have been relying on my Rosh Hashana bonus to pay for the gifts I will buy for my large family.

They have been publishing this comic book for ten years.

We have been seeing geese flying south all afternoon.

 I have been playing the piano for 10 years.

How long have you been playing Football?

The Daf Yomi group has been studying together for 5 months.

I have been reading the newspaper every day since I was 10 years old.  .

Present Progressive / Present Perfect Progressive  - choose the correct tense and write the word or phrase in the blank.

Part 1
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1. It (rain) _______________all week. I hope it stops by Sunday  because I want to go on the trip to the Galil.

2. A: Where is Gary?
B: He (study, at the library) ________________for his Spanish test on Wednesday. In fact, he (review) ______________for the test every day for the last week.

3. You look really great! (You, exercise) ____________________at the fitness center ?

4. David, where have you been? We (wait) __________________for you since 1 P.M..

5. A: What is that sound?
B: A car alarm (ring) __________________somewhere down the street. It (drive) ________________me crazy – I wish it would stop! It (ring) ____________________for more than twenty minutes.

6. Amir’s English (improve, really)_________________, isn’t it? He (watch) __________________American television programs and (study) ________________his grammar every day since he first arrived in San Diego. Soon he will be totally fluent.

7. A: You look a little tired. (You, get) __________________enough sleep lately?
B: Yes, I (sleep) ____________________relatively well. I just look tired because I (feel) ____________________a little sick for the last week.
A: I hope you feel better soon.
B: Thanks. I (take, currently) some medicine, so I should feel better in a couple of days.
Part 2
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Mr. Smith: So tell me a little bit about yourself, Mr. Harris. I would like to find out a little bit more about your background.

Mr. Harris: I (work) ______________in the IT industry for over ten years. I worked for Apple for six years and Yahoo for four and a half. During that time, I heard many good things about Texas IT and that's why I (apply) _____________for the new sales position.

Mr. Smith: Tell me a little about your hobbies and interests.

Mr. Harris: In my spare time, I hike in the mountains outside of town, volunteer at the Sierra Club and play golf. In fact, I (compete) _______________in a golf tournament this weekend.

Mr. Smith: Really, how long (you, play) _________________golf ?

Mr. Harris: I (play) ___________________since high school. I love the sport.

Mr. Smith: Great! We like dedication here at Texas IT You mentioned you volunteer at the Sierra Club. I (work, currently) _______________with them on the sea turtle project. We (try) _______________to create a wildlife sanctuary near the bay.

Mr. Harris: Do you know Frank Harris? He's my brother. He (work, presently) ________________on the same project.

Mr. Smith: I know Frank quite well. Any brother of Frank's would be a welcome addition to Texas IT. Just one more thing, we (look) ________________for somebody who is fluent in Spanish; many of our clients are from Mexico.

Mr. Harris: No problem. I (study) ___________________Spanish since elementary school.

Mr. Smith: Sounds like you are the perfect candidate.

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Part 3

With a partner, write a story, using the present perfect progressive tense.  You can "interview" a famous movie star, a sports figure or rock singer. Be sure to ask how long the person has been doing their activity.  Use as many present perfect progressive verbs that you can.

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