Present Simple/ Continuous 100 Places to See Before You Die

New Cutting Edge Intermediate Modules 1 and 3

Worksheet 1- Grammar presentation


Make true sentences with the Present Continuous about your partner now, then try to make a true Present Simple sentence about the same thing, e.g. “You are wearing a tie” “You hardly ever wear a tie” or “You are feeling tired” “You almost always feel tired at this time”

Tourist sites

If you were a tour guide, what Present Simple and Present Continuous sentences might you say to your tour group as you stood in front of the following monuments?

1. The Great Wall of China

2. Big Ben – the clock tower of the British Houses of Parliament in London and its famous bell

3. The Taj Mahal- the monument that looks like a mosque or palace in India

4. The Eiffel Tower- the famous communications tower in Paris

5. The Blue Mosque- the most famous mosque in Istanbul, near Aya Sofia and with a similar huge dome

6. The World Cup Stadium in Seoul- where some 2002 World Cup matches were played

Match the sentences above to the places below. There is one Present Simple and one Present Continuous sentence in each case, but some of the places don’t match any.

a) “It is used for sports events once or twice a week”

b) “Hundreds or thousands of people are shopping, eating and watching movies in there now”

c) “The call to prayer comes from the four towers called minarets 5 times a day”

d) “Hundreds of people are climbing the stairs, and maybe a hundred more are taking the lifts”

e) “The top viewing platform moves more than 1 metre when there is a strong wind”

f) “We can’t go in now, because people are praying”

g) “The clock rings four times an hour”

h) “It is striking twelve”

What do you think the most interesting things that the tour guides above say?

Which places are not described above? What would you say if you were a tour guide showing the places that aren’t used above? (Try to use both the Present Simple and Present Continuous if you can)

Present Simple/ Continuous 100 Places to See Before You Die

New Cutting Edge Intermediate Modules 1 and 3

Worksheet 2- Speaking

Create similar pairs of sentences about one of the places below until your partner guesses which one you are talking about.

The Acropolis, Athens The Colosseum, Rome

Stonehenge, UK The Tower of London

The Strip in Las Vegas Petra, Jordan

Pamukkule, Turkey Aya Sofia, Istanbul

Grand Canal, Venice Koh Samui, Thailand

The Grand Canyon, USA The British Museum, London

The Louvre, Paris The Smithsonian, Washington

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Sydney Opera House

Ayre’s Rock, Australia Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Mont San Michel, France The Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

The Forbidden Palace, Beijing Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Victoria Falls, Africa Easter Island Heads

Great Barrier Reef, Australia Machu Picchu, Peru

Potala fortress, Lhasa, Tibet Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Cappadocia, Turkey The Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Alhambra palace, Spain Ankor Wat, Cambodia

The Statue of Liberty, New York Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

The Sphinx, Egypt The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Pompeii, Italy Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Pagan, Burma Bruges, Belgium

Lake Geneva, Switzerland Naples Bay, Italy

Cancun beach, Mexico Versailles Palace, France

The Dead Sea, Israel

Work together to try to say things about the places you haven’t mentioned yet.

Which places that you haven’t been to would be your top 5 places to see before you die? What would your top choice be for these categories?

Natural wonder

Ancient wonder

Romantic city

Modern city


Read about the top viewer choices for these five categories in your books and see if you change your mind by reading about any of them.

Are there any other places you’d like to choose that have been left out of the list above, e.g. ones in your country?


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