Task 1. Fill in with Present Simple or Present Continuous

1. A new generation of investors . (bet) on Americas 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 companys 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 oclock 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 Americas 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. Johns 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 Partys new anti-corruption chief, (meet) leading experts on fighting corruption and (tell) them that the partys 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 Nokias 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 isnt 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 Companys 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?)



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