Do you know how many "Harry Potter" books were sold worldwide? Watch this video to find out.
After watching the video, try to find out which of these sentences are true and which are false. Put them in the right group.
  • Harry Potter was ten years old when his parents were killed.
  • On Christmas Eve, Harry finds out that he is a wizard.
  • 400 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide.
  • The author of the book only earned 1 dollar with the "Harry Potter" books.
  • J.K. Rowling is the author of the book.
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Read this text to learn more about the story of Harry Potter. Afterwards, you can do a grammar exercise.

The story

The books tell the story of Harry Potter, an orphan who discovers at the age of eleven that he is a wizard. Wizard ability is inborn, but children are sent to wizarding school to learn the magical skills which are necessary in the wizarding world. Harry is invited to the boarding school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each book tells the reader about one year in Harry's life. As he struggles through adolescence, Harry learns to overcome many magical, social and emotional hurdles.
Write the simple present tense of the infinitives below into the gaps. If you need help, you can look at the rules at the end of this page.
  1. infinitive simple present: 3rd person singular (he, she, it)
  2. to discover
  3. to be
  4. to learn
  5. to struggle
  6. to have

The simple present tense

The simple present tense is one of the basic tenses in the English language. It is the first tense you learn before all other tenses. It is very important to know how to build it.

Positive statements

  • With I, you, we, they, verbs in the simple present tense don't have any special ending. You simply use the infinitive form of the verb: I want.., You need.., We go.., They like...
  • With he, she, it you need to add -s to the verb: he wants, she needs, he likes, he eats, she meets, it works.
Read the simple present forms of the verb to have. There is an exception to the rule above:
  • I have
  • You have
  • He, she, it has
  • We have
  • You have
  • They have
As you see, you don't just add s to the verb have! You must use the form has with he, she, it.
Note: the verb to have indicates possession: I have a car. She has a dog. They have a new house. You can also use the verb have got to indicate possession: I have got a car. She has got a dog. They have got a new house.
Have or has? Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verb to have in the simple present tense.
Choose the correct form of "to be":

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