Business English- Describing Companies with the Present Simple and Progressive


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Grammar Topic: Present Simple
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Published: 25th Aug 2015

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Business English- Describing Companies with the Present Simple and Progressive

Try to describe your company by completing some of the sentences below, starting with 
any you like. Does your partner agree?

We almost never provide…

At present we are waiting to hear about…

At present … is changing.

We are preparing to… at the moment.

We are trying to… at the moment.

At this time, our market share is becoming…

At this very moment many employees are thinking about…

… is currently growing.

We are currently setting up a new…

We are currently planning to…

Our subsidiaries generally suffer from…

People generally know that our company…

The workforce hardly ever works…

In general we deal with…

… is doing well just now.

… is having a difficult time just now.

We mainly sell…

We mostly do business…

… is declining slowly now.

Employees occasionally complain about…

We often work with…

Employees often have problems with…

Employees attend… at least once a month

We need to… once every two years.

We are presently working on…

We are presently looking for…

Employees rarely

… is gradually rising right now.

… is rapidly increasing right now.

Customers sometimes complain about…

The company sometimes gives…

We hold… three times a year.

We change… twice a year.

We usually hire staff who…

What are the two different present tenses above? What are the differences between 

Written by Alex Case for © 2015

Without looking above, add time expressions etc to the two columns below:

Time expressions that are often used

with the Present Simple 

(do/ does, work/ works, etc)

Time expressions that are often used

with the Present Progressive 

(am/ is/ are + v + ing)

Put your pens down and spend one minute looking for more examples on the previous 
page. Then add more without looking above again.
Check your answer with the previous page. Note that many more answers are possible, 
particularly for Present Simple.

Use those time expressions to make more statements about your company. Does your 
partner agree?

Use the time expressions to make statements about yourself which you think might be true
about your partner too. You get one point for each time your partner says “Me too!”

Written by Alex Case for © 2015

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