Business English- Present Simple & Continuous guessing game


Practising present tenses by guessing common business English verbs

Business English Present Simple and Continuous verb guessing game

Choose an action below and give hints until your partner guesses which it is, such as:

  • If you are doing it now or not (and maybe why)
  • Who is (probably) doing it now
  • How often you do it
  • When you do it
  • Who often does it


  • Be in the board room
  • Be late
  • Carry a smartphone/ loose change/ a wallet/ business cards/ a diary
  • Do overtime
  • Feel tired/ hot/ cold/ stressed/ relaxed/ confused
  • Have a hangover
  • Have fun (= Enjoy yourself)
  • Learn something new
  • Sit down
  • Speak a foreign language
  • Speak to someone from another country
  • Stand up
  • Use a dictionary/ an electronic dictionary/ a computer/ automatic pencil
  • Wait for a phone call/ an email/ some information
  • Wear a tie/ jacket/ skirt/ high heeled shoes/ earrings/ jewellery/ make up

Do the same with other actions not in the list above (e.g. wearing other things).

Do the same with verbs to describe companies, mentioning:

  • If your company is doing that now or not (and maybe why)
  • How often and when your company does that
  • What other companies are and aren’t doing that now
  • How often and when other companies do that


  • Advertise
  • Cut costs
  • Have performance review meetings
  • Offer a training course
  • Invest (in…)
  • Launch a new product – Scrap an old product
  • Make a profit – Lose money
  • Open a new branch/ a new office
  • Pay bonuses
  • Recruit (= Employ new people)
  • Take over another company/ Merge with another company
  • Use consultants
  • Use agency staff

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