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SPEAKING. A. Read the statistics about families in the USA and the UK

A. Read the statistics about families in the USA and the UK. How do you think the same statistics would be different in Russia?

B. What’s your opinion of the current situation with the family life in our country? Is it different from the situation twenty years ago? If yes, what are the possible reasons for that? And how could it be changed?

Families in the USA in the UK in Russia
Marriages that end in divorce 50% 33%  
Families with only parent 25% 25%  
Children who live in a single-parent home at some time 50% 33%  
Children whose parents aren’t married 33% 40%  
Single parents who are men 10% 10%  


Present Simple
Formation V1, V-s/-es(for 3d person Singular) He reads newspapers every day. They always walk a dog in the morning.
Question form do/does Does he read newspapers every day? Do they walk a dog in the morning?
Negative form do + not (don’t)/does + not (doesn’t) He doesn’t read newspapers every day. They don’t walk a dog in the morning.
Usage routine, habits, universal truth, facts
Signal words always, often, rarely, never, usually, every day, sometimes
Present Progressive
Formation be (am, are, is) + Ving My nephew is sleeping now. Twin-brothers are playing football in the yard.
Question form be (am, are, is) + subject +Ving Is my nephew sleeping now? Are twin-brothers playing football in the yard?
Negative form be (am, are, is) + not + Ving My nephew isn’t sleeping now. Twin-brothers aren’t playing football in the yard
Usage action going on at the moment of speaking, temporary event or situation, future arrangements describing a state which is changing
Signal words now, at the moment, currently, at this period, Look! Listen!
Present Perfect
Formation have/has + V3 I have just called my sister-in-law. She has dyed her hair red.
Question form have/has + subject+V3 Have I just called my sister-in-law? Has she dyed her hair red?
Negative form have/has + not + V3 I haven’t just called my sister-in-law. She hasn’t dyed her hair red.
Usage action started in the past and continues into the present, recent events with visible result, past events without specific time
Signal words just, yet, still, already, never, ever, so far, up to now, recently, since, for

A. Find the examples of Present tenses in the text “Modern families”.

B. Open the brackets paying attention to the usage of Present Simple (negative/question/affirmative forms).

1) My niece never (to eat) snacks.

2) They (to be) ex-spouses.

3) His uncle always (to invite) us to drink tea in his garden.

4) My aunt (to have) two children but I (to be) an only child in the family (not to have) anyone to play with.

5) My colleagues (to enjoy) playing tricks on me.

6) Her ex-husband (to have) another family?

7) He (not to play) with us, he (to prefer) dealing with his flowers.

8) Secretaries of Indigo, plc always (to call) the partners of the company at 10 a.m.?

9) It is said that widows always (to wear) black clothes.

10) Belgian chocolates (to taste) marvelous?


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