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Tom's Diner - reviewing the Present Progressive
prepared by Michele Ben - benfam@internet-zahav.net

  1. Read and listen to the song. Fill in the missing verbs in the present progressive tense.
  2. Listen to the song again. Circle the verbs in the present simple tense.
  3. Write the song as a story, or make a comic strip out of the song, or write sentences with 10 different verbs from the song.

Tom's Diner - Words and music by Suzanne Vega

I __________________ in the morning at the diner on the corner.

I __________________ at the counter for the man to pour the coffee.

And he fills it only halfway, and before I even argue

He ____________________ out the window at somebody coming in.

"It is always nice to see you," says the man behind the counter

to the woman who has come in. She __________________ her umbrella.

And I look the other way as they _________________ their hellos.

____________________ not to see them. Instead I pour the milk.

I open up the paper, there's a story of an actor

who had died while he was drinking. It was no one I had heard of.

And _________________ to the horoscope and __________________ for the funnies

when_____________________ someone __________________ me.

And so I raise my head. There's a woman on the outside _______________inside.

Does she see me?

No she does not really see me 'cause she sees her own reflection.

And ___________________ not to notice that she's hitching up her skirt.

And while she's straightening her stockings, her hair has gotten wet.

Oh, this rain it will continue through the morning.

As ________________ to the bells of the cathedral,

I ____________ of your voice...

And of the midnight picnic once upon a time before the rain began...

I finish up my coffee. It's time to catch the train.




Tom's Diner - answers in correct order

am sitting, am waiting, is looking, is shaking, are saying , I'm pretending,

I'm turning, I'm feeling, watching, looking, I'm trying, I'm listening,

am thinking



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