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Simple Present Tense

Sep 5, 2022
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A simple present tense is a form of the present tense in English. It is mostly used to present habits/scenarios, unchanging situations, general/common truths, and fixed arrangements. The simple present tense is easy to form. Just use the base form of the verb, i.e., I give, you give, we give, they give. The third-person singular takes an -s at the end, i.e., he gives, she gives. Do and does are used to make questions with the present simple.   

Present simple is formed by  

Subject + verb(s/es) 

Subject + don’t /doesn’t + verb 

Wh + do/doesn’t + subject + verb 

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Example:  

  • She likes the dress.  
  • She doesn’t like the dress. 
  • Do you like the dress?  
  • What does she think about the plan?  

We use the present simple tense – 

1. To express the thoughts and feelings 

Example:  

  • We feel this is a good place to stay. 
  • Do you think what we did is fine?  

2. For facts and things that are always true for a certain time.  

Example: 

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  • Sky is blue 
  • The sheep eats grass.  

3. For repeated actions 

Example:  

  • We go the play football everyday.  
  • My brother always wakes up late.  

4. In phrases like I promise / I agree/ I advise/ I infuse/ I suggest. 

Example: 

  • I suggest we inform the teacher.  
  • He will not tell anybody. He promised.   

5. For time table and official programmers, even those related to the future.  

Example: 

  • Does your flight leave at 6 tomorrow?  
  • The President visits white house on 20th of next month.  

When we talk about the future simple present, tense is used after these connectives. 

  • After  
  • As soon as 
  • Before 
  • As 
  • By the time 
  • Until 
  • When 
  • While 

Examples: 

  • I call you as soon I wake up.  
  • By the time they arrive, Kids have been fast asleep.  
  • Always in present simple means, every time, but it means very often.  

The two basic structures for the present simple tense are: 

1. Positive sentences 

Subject + main verb (simple present) 

Example:

  • He likes coffee. 

2. Negative and question sentences 

Subject + auxiliary do + main verb  

Example:

  • What does he do? 
  • We do not open on Sundays. 

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