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Simple Present Tense


We use The Simple Present Tense for an action which goes on everyday or all the time.
Frequency Adverbs
always
frequently
often
usually
everyday
occasionally
generally
sometimes
rarely
seldom
once / twice
on Sundays

Also See:
Present Continuous Tense
Simple Present vs Continuous

Formation of Simple Present Tense


Affirmative FormSubject + Verb + Complement
I speak English.
Negative FormSubject + Don't / Doesn't + Verb + Complement
I don't speak English.
Question FormDo / Does + Subject + Verb + Complement ?
Do you speak English?
Negative Question FormDon't / Doesn't + Subject + Verb + Complement ?
Don't you speak English?
















The third person singular (he, she, it) is usually formed by adding -S to the root of the verb. Sometimes -ES is added. -S, -ES and IES are added in positive sentences.

a. Hamid listens to music every night.
Affirmative
I walk
You walk
He walks
She walks
It walks
We walk
You walk
They walk
b. He rarely watches TV.
c. She usually takes the train to work.


Uses of Simple Present Tense


1. To show a habit
We drink coffee every morning.

2. To express a general truth
Water boils at 100 degrees.

3. To express an action with a future time expression
I leave tomorrow.

Negative
I don't cry
You don't cry
He doesn't cry
She doesn't cry
It doesn't cry
We don't cry
You don't cry
They don't cry

Example Sentences


1. We buy a newspaper every Sunday.
2. He doesn't visit his father.
3. Does she lie to her mother?
4. My sister works at the theater.
5. The boss gives us a lot of work to do.
6. Marry and Lucas don't play fairly.
7. Do you like to read comic books?
8. They spend a lot of money.