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. 





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