Present Simple Tense

December 4, 2017

When to use the Present Simple | How to use the Present Simple | Explanation of the use and structure of the Present Simple tense

 

Present Simple Tense - When and How to use the Present Simple Tense:

 

 

 

 

 

We use  the Present Simple Tense

 

  • if we speak about something in general/ facts and we’re not talking about ONLY the moment of speaking:

I live in New York.  

I don’t smoke. 

My father speaks three languages. 

They teach biology and chemistry.

 

  • when we speak about things that happen again and again and we would like to say how often they happen | So when you talk about habits, repeated actions or events you use the Present Simple 

 

I go out sometimes. 

I usually leave home at 8.15 to work. 

I never eat meat. 

We travel twice a year. 

British children eat fruit and vegetables 5 times a day. 

 

 

 

 

 

  • We also use when we speak about general truth 

 

The sun rises in the East. 

Water boils at 100 C (degree celcius or celcius degree - how should I say it) 

Vegans don't eat animal products. 

 

What’s the structure?

 

  • It’s a ‘simple’ verb structure so we just use 'one word'

 

I do, you make, they sleep 

 

  • We have to be careful and after he/she and it the verb has an ‘s’ at the end:

 

he reads, she comes, it works

 

 

 

In questions and negatives  we use do/ does and don’t / doesn’t 

 

Do you live in NY? Does she live in NY?

I don’t smoke. Tom doesn’t smoke either. 

 

 

 

 

Learn with videos, further examples, funny situations - Tenses in the English Language | Visual Learning Course

 

 

Online test - Present Simple

 

 

Printable Exercises - Present Simple

 

 

 

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