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English Grammar: Present Simple Tense

Hi everyone, as some of you may know, my goal is to become an English Language Teacher. I decided to create a blog post series where I study and review topics that I will need to be knowledgeable about. My last post was about present continuous tense! This post will be about present simple tense!

Present simple tense= I do

Woman Sitting on Brown Stool

This tense is used to say that something happens or that something is true.

The shop opens at 8am.
She paints on the weekends.

How the tense is formed:
I/we/you/they do
He/she/it does (add an s or es to the verb)

This tense can also be seen in questions, note that in this context, for he/she/it, do is used at the end of the question:
Do I/we/you/they do?
Does he/she/it do?

For negative sentences/answers:
I/we/you/they don't do
He/she/it doesn't do

Present simple tense can also be used to describe how often someone does something e.g. I go to the dentist every 6 months.

Other words that are included in present simple tense:
  • advise
  • apologise
  • promise
  • suggest
  • insist
  • agree 
  • refuse

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