Exercise 1

Check the ‘Explanation’ tab above before doing these exercises. Complete the text below with the words in the box.

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Every morning, I get up 0 at 7:30 and I have breakfast. I 1 have coffee and toast for breakfast, 2 sometimes I don't eat breakfast 3 I don't have time. After breakfast, I have a shower and I get dressed. 4 , I walk to school.

I have lessons 5 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At 12:30, we have a break for lunch. 6 I finish school, I go home 7 I play video games or watch some YouTube.

8 the evening, I go to football practice. I train for one hour. Then, I go back home and I do some homework before dinner. 9 , I have dinner with my parents, and we watch TV. 10 After , I go to bed.


 

 

Make a list of daily activities

 
First we need to think about your daily activities. We can make a list of everyday activities: wake up/get up, brush my teeth, have/eat breakfast (or have something FOR breakfast), have a shower, get dressed, go to work/shool, get to work/school, check my emails, check my social media, work ON my computer, have lessons, have/eat lunch, finish work, go home, get home, walk my dog, do my homework, surf the internet, go running, go to the gym, have/eat dinner, read, watch TV, go to bed.

Note that we say go/get home (NOT go/get to home), and we say go/get to school, go/get to work and go to bed (NOT go to the school/work/bed)

You can learn the different ways to use the verb go here.
 

Write present simple sentences

 
When we talk about routines or habits, we use the present simple. So we can write present simple sentences using the verbs in our list of activities: I have a shower. I brush my teeth. I have coffe and toast for breakfast. Etc.
 
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Use adverbs of frequency

 
If we use some adverbs of frequency in our sentences, our text will be better. For example: I usually have coffee and toast for breakfast, but sometimes I don’t have breakfast.
 

Use connectors and time expressions

 

Connectors

 
Now we should add connectors in our text, such as and, or, but, because, so.
For example, imagine we have these two sentences: I get up at 7.30. I brush my teeth. They sound like a list. So we can use and to put the two sentences together: I get up at 7:30 and I brush my teeth.
 

Time expressions

 
In addition, you should use time words to connect the different sentences. Some time words are:

  • After that, …
  • After breakfast/work/school/dinner
  • In the morning/afternoon/evening, …
  • At (time), …
  • Then, …
  • Next, …
  • … and then …
  • When I …
  • … from (time) to (time)

Look at this text:

I get up at 7:30 and I brush my teeth. I have a shower and get dressed. I have breakfast and prepare my lunch. I drive to work.

Now look at the same text with time expressions:

I get up at 7:00 and I brush my teeth. After that, I have a shower and get dressed. Then, I have breakfast and I prepare my lunch. Next, I drive to work.

The second paragraph sounds much better.
 

Write 3 paragraphs

 
We can orgnanise the sentences into 3 paragraphs:

  • Paragraph 1: My morning activities
  • Paragraph 2: Activities during the day
  • Paragraph 3: Evening activities

Example:

I get up at 7:00 and I brush my teeth. After that, I have a shower and get dressed. Then, I have breakfast and I prepare my lunch. Next, I drive to work.

When I get to work at 8:30, I usually check my emails and work on the computer. At 1:00, I have lunch with my co-workers. After that, we work until 5:30 and then I go home. I get home at around 6.

After work, I usually go running or I read. Then I make my lunch. I usually have a salad and some fruit, but on Fridays, I often eat pizza. Next, I watch some TV and I go to bed.