Alania Series A Unit 1 - Verbs I
5. Present Cont. vs. Simple Present - Watching the News.
It is 6:25 pm, and Tom is sitting in the student lounge near the TV. He is
waiting for the evening news. He watches the news every evening at this
time. Newspapers are still difficult for him, but he likes to listen the TV and
watch the scenes of actual events. He always sees some international news
This evening, several students are watching the news with Tom. Some are
sitting in big comfortable chairs. Others are lying on the floor. Usually, when
the news comes on, one boy immediately gets up and turns up the volume. At
the moment, some of the students are talking to each other, and the news is
difficult to hear. Tom is sitting on the edge of his chair and watching the TV
screen intently. He is trying to understand what the person is saying.
On the screen, a fire is burning in an office building in Chicago. Firefighters
are aiming their hoses at the fire. A reporter is interviewing one of the office
workers. In another news story, a town in Kansas is cleaning up after a
tornado. The speaker is describing the terrible damage to the people's homes.
Usually, when the news broadcast ends, Tom gets up and turns off the TV.
Every evening, he asks himself the same thing: Why is the news always so
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