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The Present Simple tense in English
In this grammar lesson, you'll learn how to use the Present Simple tense.
It's the most basic tense in English, and it's used a lot, which is why it's important to understand how it works.
1. The Present Simple structure
- The structure for an affirmative sentence is: Subject + Verb.
ex: I like cookies.
⚠️ You'll add an extra "s" with He, She or It.
He/She loves sugar.
It happens every day.
- The structure of a negative sentence is: Subject + do not/does not + Verb. the contracted forms are don't/doesn't.
I do not/don't know your name.
She does not/doesn't know my name.
- The structure of an interrogative sentence is: do/does + Subject + Verb
Do you play tennis?
Does she know you’re here?
- The structure of an interro negative sentence is: Don’t/doesn’t + Subject + Verb
Don’t you have an appointment now?
Why doesn’t he visit us more often?
2. Use of the Present Simple
The Present Simple is used to talk about habits.
He drinks tea at breakfast.
They watch television regularly.
It is also used for repeated actions or events.
We catch the bus every morning.
They drive to Monaco every summer.
The next use of the Present Simple is to express general truths.
Water freezes at zero degrees.
The Earth revolves around the Sun.
You also use the Present Simple for fixed arrangements:
His mother arrives tomorrow.
Our holiday starts on the 26th March