Present Simple Tense
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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