BIG 5 Fünf Zeiten richtig anwenden und sicher auf Englisch kommunizieren 

Book review by Dave Preston

“Small is beautiful” certainly rings true with Birgit`s latest book. … Most students of English struggle with mastering the big 5 tenses, so it makes perfect sense to break them down and then practise with some cool test-yourself exercises… I particularly love the one-pager “Repeating and Learning” summary as a memory jogger just before the exercises. This book is conceptually brilliant, with a well-thought-through structure and clear and concise explanations and examples. Another must-have book by Birgit and ideal to keep coming back to! 

How to speak English well? Know and use these tenses:

Simple Present BIG 1

Present Continuous BIG 2

Simple Past BIG 3

Present Perfect BIG 4

Will-Future BIG 5




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How to speak good English!

BIG 5 – Welche Zeit sollte in den Lücken stehen? Wähle aus fünf Zeiten aus und

setze das Verb in der jeweils richtigen Grammatik ein:

Simple Present               BIG 1

Present Continuous    BIG 2

Simple Past                       BIG 3

Present Perfect              BIG 4

Will-Future                       BIG 5


Manchmal sind zwei Optionen möglich. Je nachdem, wie die Aussage lautet!

1. Last night, my friend and I _____________ (to go) to the cinema.

We __________ (to watch) the new James Bond movie.

2. We ___________ (never, to travel) outside of Europe, that is something

we __________ (to do) next year.

3. Look! Isn`t that Linda _____________ (to cross) the street right now?

4. I think tomorrow I ___________ (to go) to the doctor, because my

stomach ________ (to ache) all day!

5. Where ____________ (you, to be) when I ____________ (to come by)

last Monday?

6. I believe, tomorrow morning the postman __________ (to come)

around 10:30.

7. Hi Ian, what _______________ (you, to do) at the moment?

8. It ____________ (never, to be) easy to work full time and raise children.

9. She _____________ (to work) here for a whole year now.

She ___________ (to seem) to like it.

10. Since when _____________ (to have) your dog?

11. She __________ (not, to like) her job anymore, that`s why

she __________ (to quit).

12. What ___________ (dad, to cook) for dinner tonight?

13. Where __________(she, to buy) that bag? It`s gorgeous!

14. When my uncle ____________ (to come) to visit us, we

always ___________ (to have) a lot to talk about.

15. I can see, David ____________ (to feel) really unwell.

He should go home then.

16. We ____________ (already, to ship) the package. __________ (you, to want)

to see the receipt?

17. When I __________ (to be) little, I ________ (to like) marshmallows,

but nowadays I _________ (not, to like) them.

18. When ___________ (the package, to arrive), what _______ (you, to think)?

19.  My parents __________ (not, to have) a car, so we ___________ (must)

take the bus a lot.

20. It __________ (to be) so useful to know more than only one grammar

tense in order to express oneself in English!