TOSHI.>Toshi, a nineteen-year-old, from Nagasaki, in Japan, wants to become a sumo wrestler. Toshi, who weighs over 175 kilos, and is 1 metre 95 tall, lives in a special training camp, called a Heya, with thirty other sumo wrestlers. Their training is very hard. Even before breakfast, they normally practise for four and a half hours! It is important that Toshi doesn’t lose weight, so he always has a large lunch of rice, meat, fish and vegetables with lots of beer, and sometimes he eats extra pizzas and burgers. After lunch he goes to sleep for a few hours. One day, Toshi hopes to be famous−and rich− but at the moment he doesn’t earn much money, so each month his parents send him money to help him.
I get up at 7:30 a.m. Then take a shower. Afterwards I put on my clothes and go to breakfast. I eat cereal, toast, and eggs. I drink a glass of milk too. Then I study for half an hour. I leave the house at 8:45 and meet my friend at the corner. We walk to school together and talk about different things. We arrive there at 8:58. We run to the classroom quickly and wait for the teacher. All of the students laugh and tell jokes until nine o’clock. The teacher comes at nine and shuts the door. Then the students become very quiet.
First the teacher asks questions about the assignment. Later he talks about the new lesson and teaches the students new words. They listen to him carefully. Then they practice the new words. At the end of the hour, he gives the assignment for the next day.
I attend my other classes between ten o’clock and noon. I have my lunch at the cafeteria with John. We work at the library in the afternoon. I return home at 4:40. Then I take care of many little things around the house. After dinner, I watch television for an hour. Then I spend two hours on my lessons for the next day.
Can you tell how verbs change in present simple tense?
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Frank's Busy Day
Frank's day _____________(begin) at 6:30. He ____________(get) up, ___________(take) a shower and __________(get) dressed. He always ________(have) breakfast and _____________(drink) a cup of coffee. Then he ___________(go) to the university for his classes. When he __________ (finish) his morning classes, he usually __________(eat) lunch at 12:00 in the cafeteria. At lunch, he sometimes ____________(talk) with his friends. After lunch he __________(go) to his afternoon classes. He usually ________(go) home at about 5:00. He __________(eat) dinner and __________(relax) for a while. Sometimes he ___________(take) a walk or _________(go) running. For the rest of the evening he __________(read) and ___________(do) homework. Frank _________(go) to bed about 11:00. What a busy day!
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Frank's day begins at 6:30. He gets up, takes a shower and gets dressed. He always has breakfast and drinks a cup of coffee. Then he goes to the university for his classes. When he finishes his morning classes, he usually eats lunch at 12:00 in the cafeteria. At lunch, he sometimes talks with his friends. After lunch he goes to his afternoon classes. He usually goes home at about 5:00. He eats dinner and relaxes for a while. Sometimes he takes a walk or goes running. For the rest of the evening he reads and does homework. Frank goes to bed about 11:00.
What a busy day!