The Present Simple

 When do we use the present simple?

 

1. To talk about a habit, sometimes with a time expression.

We always eat together.
I don't normally pick up the phone during a meeting.
Does she usually take a nap in the afternoon?

 

2. To talk about facts and to state general truths.

Traders work under stressful conditions. 
Water boils at  100° (100 Celsius)
It doesn't snow down south.
Do bees have big wings? 

 

 

3. For narrative / dramatic purposes (stories, jokes…)

Messi kicks the ball... it's a goal!!!
The coals pip-pop and the wind doesn't stop, but the bear snores on.

 

 

4. For a planned action in the future.

  The train leaves at 10:00 am.

 

 

How do we use the present simple? 

 

 [+] I, you, we, they  no change in the verb 
       He, she it  get an s at the end of the verb 

 I (/ you / we / they) take dance lessons.
 He (/she / it) takes a long time to get ready.

 

[-] I, you, we, they  add the helping verb don't (do not) ; no change in the main verb
       He, she it  add the helping verb doesn't (does not) ; no change in the main verb

 I (/ you / we / they) don't like beer.
 He (/she / it) doesn't like alcohol at all.

 

[?] I, you, we, they  the helping verb Do begins the question
       He, she it  the helping verb Does begins the question

 Do you (/ I / we / they) come here often?
 Does he (/she / it) usually come on time?

 

 

 

Time Expressions used in the Present Simple

 

 

 

2 words (or more) 

 

1 word 

At the end (or beginning) of the sentence

 

 

 

After the subject / before the main verb

   
every minute, day, etc.
 
never
once a week, month etc.
 
always
twice a year etc. 
 
sometimes
three times a week etc.
 
rarely
quite often
 
usually
 
 
often
 
 
hardly ever (irregular)
   
 The children read a book every night.
 
 I don't usually go to bars.  I hardly ever drink.
 She goes to the gym twice a week.
 
 He doesn't always think before he speaks.

 


Now go to the practice page for online quizzes and exercises on the present simple tense in English.
 

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