Present Continuous – English Grammar Exercise

You can use present continuous to describe actions happening right now, in the present. It can also be used to talk about things that are going to happen in the future. Check out some examples below!

Actions happening right now

She is eating a sandwich.
They are doing their homework.

Actions in the future

Tomorrow I am going to the beach.
We are eating dinner at 8 o’clock tonight.

You can form the present continuous by using the present tense of “be” + a verb with -ing.

Try this quiz to practice the present continuous.

Present Continuous Quiz

Complete the sentences with the present continuous form of the given verb.

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Learn English with the News | | John Cena Sparks Controversy in China Referring to Taiwan as a Country

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John Cena Sparks Controversy in China Referring to Taiwan as a Country - Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

John Cena Sparks Controversy in China Referring to Taiwan as a Country - Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

John Cena Sparks Controversy in China Referring to Taiwan as a Country - True or False

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Full Text:

“John Cena, the star of “F9,” professed his love for China after calling Taiwan a “country” during an interview. This action generated a backlash among fans in Hollywood’s most important international market.
The controversy unfolded after Cena gave an interview to a Taiwanese broadcaster promoting the film.
China claims Taiwan as its sovereign territory despite Taiwan being a self-governed democratic island. The two sides have been ruled separately since the end of the civil war over 70 years ago. According to China, Beijing specifically, any suggestion of Taiwan’s independence crosses its “red line.” China has increasingly been trying to use its economic power to police speech on the topic around the world.
Cena then offered an apology. Speaking in Mandarin, he did not refer to Taiwan by name or discuss the incident in detail, but he did say that it was a mistake.
Some critics are still angry about his remarks, and accused him of not going far enough in the apology.
Beijing often polices the way global brands talk about China or any of its political interests. In 2018, for example, the Chinese government demanded that several airline companies in the United States change the way they referred to Taiwan. Refusal to do so would risk sanctions for their companies in China, one of the world’s biggest markets for air travel. Also that year, hotel group Marriott’s website and app were blocked for a week after it listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate “countries” in its emails and app.
While the controversy around Cena’s comment is likely to fade soon, Beijing’s attempt to control free speech around the world is unlikely to stop.”

Southern Shrimp and Grits – English Reading Comprehension

Recipe /ˈrɛsəpi/

Learning a new language isn’t just about learning vocabulary and grammar, you must also learn the culture of that language. You must consider where it is spoken, who speaks it, and what the traditions and customs are of its native speakers. So, what are some ways you can go about learning the traditions and customs of a group of speakers? Well, one great way to start is by learning to cook their food! As mama always says, there’s no better way to a person’s heart than through their stomach!

Here is a recipe for a typical dish from South Carolina, in the south eastern part of the United States. It is usually served at brunch alongside an ice-cold mimosa (a drink made from champagne and orange juice) and great company!

Now have a look at this video: Southern Shrimp and Grits

Ingredients

2 cups (470 milliliters) chicken broth

2 cups (470 milliliters) milk

1/3 cup (76 grams) butter, cubed

3/4 teaspoon (3.5 grams) salt

1/2 teaspoon (2.85 grams) pepper

3/4 cup (100 grams) uncooked old-fashioned grits (substitute with polenta)

1 cup (130 grams) shredded cheddar cheese

SHRIMP:

8 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped

1 pound (450 grams) uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon (5.7 grams) Cajun or blackened seasoning

4 green onions, chopped

Instructions

Mix the broth, milk, butter, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a boil. Slowly stir in the grits (or polenta). Cover the saucepan with a lid and cook for 12 – 14 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally. Once the sauce is thick, stir in the cheese until it has melted. Put the sauce aside and keep it warm.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until it becomes crisp. Once the bacon is crisp, set it aside on paper towels and keep 4 teaspoons (20 milliliters) of the drippings. Saute the shrimp, garlic, and seasoning in the bacon drippings until the shrimp turn pink.

Serve the shrimp over grits and sprinkle with green onions.

Now try the following quizzes to check your understanding of the article.

Southern Shrimp and Grits | Match

Match the ingredients with the pictures.

Southern Shrimp and Grits | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blank with the correct command.

Southern Shrimp and Grits | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false.