Simple Present is So Simple

In our English language course, and after we teach students hellos and goodbyes, we introduce then to the Simple Present Tense. It is the simplest yet most important tense to learn in English. Because if you understand it well, everything else that follow will be easy!

 

What is the Simple Present Tense?

In language when we teach grammar, we use the tenses; present, past and future. “Tense” means time. Present means now. And Simple indicates the use of this grammar rule. It is used mostly in simple sentences that have one verb, one subject and one object.

 

When do we use the Simple Present tense?

It has many uses. But the most common use is when we talk about everyday routine, habits and facts. For example:

  • I go to school everyday.
  • She walks to school everyday.
  • They drink coffee in the morning.
  • The sun rises at 6:30AM

 

How do we make sentences in the Simple Present tense?

For affirmative (positive) sentences:

Subject

Verb

Object

I, you, we, they

aake up

at 5:30 in the morning

He, she, it

wakes up

at 5:30 in the morning.

note that we add an -S to the verb in singular third person.

 

For negative sentences:

We use the auxiliary “don’t / doesn’t”

Subject

Verb

Object

I, you, we, they

don’t

aake up

at 5:30 in the morning

He, she, it

doesn’t

wake up

at 5:30 in the morning.

 

For Yes / No questions:

We use the auxiliary “do / does”

Subject

Verb

O / C?

Do

I, you, we, they

go

To the gym?

Does

she, he, it

sleep

early?

note the -S on the verb for singular third person doesn’t exist.

also note the question mark at the end of the question.

 

 

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