The present simple

The present simple

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Level: A1 (Elementary) – American English

Practise the present simple with this Harry McClintock song.


“hobo”: a person who travels around looking for work and does not have a permanent home

“handout”: something given to the poor for free, for example money, food or clothes

“boxcar”: railroad car used to carry goods

“cop”: slang term for police officer

“brakeman”: the train worker responsible for braking the train and also for making sure nobody was riding the train without paying

“railway bull”: a railroad policeman

short-handled shovels: shovel used for digging which, because the handle was short, caused much back pain to those using it

“jerk”: slang term for stupid person

“fall”: American English term for autumn