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You will deal with the Simple Present tense right at the beginning of learning English. It is the basic tense of the English language and you should become thoroughly familiar with it. It is used to talk about actions, states or events in the present.
We'll show you how to form the Simple Present tense, when to use it and give you some example sentences and signal words to help you understand it quickly.
The formation of the present tense is formed with regular verbs by using the infinitive, the basic form of the English verb. Only in the third person singular is an -s or an -es added. You can remember the saying "He, She, It, the S must go with". Below you can look at two regular verbs in the conjunctive. You will see how easy it is to understand the Present Tense.
We talk about our hobbies.
He talks about his favourite food.
I talk about my new job.
I walk to my parents.
Maria walks a Ten thousand steps every day.
We walk to the restaurant close by.
Besides the easy-to-understand regular verbs, there are also some irregular verbs in Simple Present tense. These do not follow a uniform structure and unfortunately have to be learned by heart. However, the list of irregular verbs in the Simple Present tense in English is relatively manageable compared to other languages. This will help you master English quickly despite this small obstacle. It should be noted that only the third person singular is irregular in the Simple Present tense.
Take a look at the following examples of irregular verbs in Simple Present tense.
I am at work.
You are already at the restaurant.
He is a doctor.
She is from Spain.
We are happy.
They are in the park.
I have a car.
You have my wallet.
He has his phone in his hand.
She has some free time.
We have a break.
You have too much money.
I go to work in the morning.
You go to school.
He goes to the cinema.
She goes to the forest.
We go to the next bench.
They go to the kitchen.
The Simple Present is used to describe actions, states or events that take place in the present. Another use case for the Simple Present is when making general statements or stating facts. Check out the list below to learn when to use the Simple Present:
- Regular, recurring actions
- General statements
- Present or permanent states
- Descriptions of characteristics
- Scientific facts
When using the Simple Present in English, you should keep in mind that the Simple Present is often used in combination with signal words. These will help you, especially as a beginner, to understand in which situations you need to use the English Simple Present.
The earth revolves around the sun.
Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
Cats chase mice.
I work in a hospital.
You go to the park every week.
I play tennis every monday.
Peter plays chess every day.
They eat twice a day.
He watches a film every night.
I live in Malta.
He has a brother.
They like ice cream.
She speaks three languages.
I own two cars.
The sun is a star.
The sky is blue.
Water is wet.
The grass is green.
Coffee contains caffeine.
|I always go to work.
|He usually goes to the gym in the morning.
|She often takes the bus to work.
|Sometimes, she walks to the bus station.
|We rarely stay up late during the week.
|He never drinks coffee after 5pm.
|I brush my teeth every morning and every night.
|We have a team meeting every Monday at 10am.
|In the morning/afternoon/evening
|I always have a cup of tea in the morning.
|She likes to read a book in the evening.
|Now he goes to the next station.
|At the moment
|At the moment he does his homework.
|At the moment they learn maths.
|Today I study at home.
|Tomorrow you have to clean the kitchen.
|Next week is my holiday.
|In the future
|In the future I'll eat healthier.
|In general, I feel good.
|Generally speaking, exercise is good for your health.
|To be honest
|To be honest, I don't like pizza.