Task 1. Fill in with Present Simple or Present Continuous
1. A new generation of investors …. (bet) on America’s housing market now.
2. Basically, her job … (consist) of answering customer calls.
3. Certainly, many people … (move) to broadband now.
4. Coaches actually … (not make) decisions for you, but … (give) you feedback on your ideas.
5. Everybody … (love) a company that makes money.
6. For now, analysts … (say) the company … (raise) more question than (provide) answers.
7. He always … (take part) in different logistics projects and scientific conferences.
8. He … (drive) to work every day.
9. Her job … (consist) of answering the phone to customers.
10. He … (look for) a new job these days.
11. His boss always … (ask) to see him about 9 a.m.
12. I … (call) about a special price on our computers.
13. I … (look) at ways to get our products to customers more quickly now.
14. In America, women now outnumber men online; the average age of all web surfers … (increase); their level of education … (decrease); and their average spending … (grow).
15. More and more companies … (operate) flexible systems where staff … (choose) their own benefits.
16. Mr Kahn also … (worry) about market failures.
17. Revenues from advertising … still (fall), but those from circulation have at last started to stabilize.
18. She … (travel) a lot for work.
19. She … (work) in a bank.
20. The biggest question … (mark) hang over Facebook and Google.
21. The diagram … (summarize) the company’s main operations.
22. The Economist Group … (deliver) its information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services.
23. The growth of internet shopping … (produce) a profound change in consumer behaviour.
Task. 2. Open the brackets and put the verb in the correct form (Present Simple / Present Continuous); put questions to the words in italics and write your questions down.
1. But now the largest opposition party, Labour, … (stick) to a platform that … (include) mainly economic and social issues.
2. He … (appear) to be really angry. I wonder what he … (think) about.
3. His English … (get) better but he … (not speak) English fluently.
4. I … (work) for a big computer company and we … (look) for a new supplier of sound cards. (Where?)
5. Jack … (be) a millionaire, he … (think) of buying a private plane. But he … (not think) his wife will approve.
6. Money … (not buy) happiness but she … (look) for a better job now. (What?)
7. My boss … (have) lunch with his wife now. He often … (take) her to lunch on Mondays. (Who?)
8. Over 50 financial institutions … (support) the launch of V.me (‘digital wallet’), which … (accept) non-Visa cards in its wallet, too.
9. The payments world … (change) fast but the card firms are not about to let rivals swipe their business.
10. Together with IBM, Finnair … (develop) integrated on demand solutions that … (offer) enhanced services like wireless check-in, e-ticketing and wireless ticket sales.
Task 3. Open the brackets and put the verb in the correct form (Past Simple or Past Continuous or Past Perfect); put questions to the words in italics and write your questions down.
1. A third of people physically … (attack) a computer, 67% experienced frustration and anger, and more than 70% swore at their machines.
2. After five years of deliberation, a committee of international bank regulators … (approve) Basel2, a sweeping overhaul of bank-capital requirements.
3. At 7 o’clock yesterday evening they … (have dinner). (When?)
4. Attendees at the American Geophysical Union's autumn meeting in San Francisco … (expect) to hear some big news about Mars.
5. Coaching … (develop) mainly in the US during the 1990s. (Where?)
6. Eventually venture-capital firms … (sign on), and start-up … (take) space in a Mountain View office park, which was dubbed the Googleplex.
7. For one thing, companies particularly … (not will) to shift through tenders from lots of suppliers they never … (deal with) before.
8. In a major survey earlier this year, Jupiter … (find) that fewer than 10 percent of online users … (will) to pay for online content or communications services in any of a number of categories.
9. In the two years to the fourth quarter of 2003 America’s real GDP … (grow) at an annual rate of 3.6%.
10. It was made out to Google, the new name that the founders … (choose) (‘Googol’ is the mathematical term for the number one followed by a hundred zeros).
11. John’s company … (promise) to deliver a product to a customer and had failed to do so. (What?)
12. Last month, Daimler Chrysler … (refuse) to bail out its struggling Japanese partner, Mitsubishi. (When?)
13. Last night I … (watch TV) when I … (hear) a strange noise. (What?)
14. On November 30th 2012 Wang Qishan, the Communist Party’s new anti-corruption chief, … (meet) leading experts on fighting corruption and … (tell) them that the party’s survival … (depend) on the outcome of their efforts.
15. Shares … (plung) 19% when the proposed merger was announced, then … (soar) 17% late last year when Hewlett … (come out) in opposition to it.
16. She … (talk) on her mobile phone while she … (drive) to work.
17. Stockmarkets … (fall) sharply worldwide as concerns … (grow) over oil prices and the prospect of higher interest rates in America.
18. The first of Nokia’s new generation of Windows smartphones … (become) available in America a couple of weeks ago.
19. The regulator … (make) several attempts to include that sum as a line of item expense in its budget, but none of them … (succeed).
20. The study … (find) that nearly half of all computer users … (become) angry at some time.
21. The year 2002 … (be) a turning-point for the telephone, invented 126 years earlier.
Task 4. Open the brackets and put the verb in the correct form (Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous); put questions to the words in italics and write your questions down.
1. A customer just … (call) to say he isn’t happy.
2. Cash … (pile up) on companies’ balance-sheets since before the crisis. (When?)
3. Globalization is not a 20th-century invention. After all, companies long … (seek) world market. (What?)
4. House prices … (stabilize) since their 2009 trough, and even … (make) small but steady gains in recent months.
5. Many papers … (raise) the price of their subscriptions and news-stand copies, which … (help) to stem losses.
6. On the whole the poorest people in the world … (do) better. But the fight against poverty is far from won.
7. Over the past six months the New York Times Company’s share price … (rise) by 37%. (When?)
8. The demand for change in business practice never … (be) greater than it is today.
9. The financial crisis … (make) firms more skittish about relying on banks or securities markets for funds.
10. The notion of public disclosure of assets by officials … (become) an increasingly popular topic of discussion in recent months.
11. The number of American newspapers with some sort of paywall at least … (double) this year.
12. The spread of mobile phones in developing countries in the past decade … (deliver) enormous social and economic benefits.
13. These companies already … (identify) that coaching is the management style of transformed culture.
14. Those of Gannett and McClatchy, two other big publishers, … (climb) by 34% and 24% respectively.
15. To increase its expertise in this sector, Seattle-based Expedia … (buy) companies that specialize in managing business travel.
16. Tour operators … (pack) their trips this way for decades. (What?)