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Simple Present

FORM
[VERB] + s/es in third person
Examples:
You speak English.
Do you speak English?
You do not speak English.
Complete List of Simple Present Forms
USE 1 Repeated Actions

Use the Simple Present to express the idea that an action is repeated or usual. The action
can be a habit, a hobby, a daily event, a scheduled event or something that often
happens. It can also be something a person often forgets or usually does not do.
Examples:
I play tennis.
She does not play tennis.
Does he play tennis?
The train leaves every morning at 8 AM.
The train does not leave at 9 AM.
When does the train usually leave?
She always forgets her purse.
He never forgets his wallet.
Every twelve months, the Earth circles the Sun.
Does the Sun circle the Earth?
USE 2 Facts or Generalizations

The Simple Present can also indicate the speaker believes that a fact was true before, is
true now, and will be true in the future. It is not important if the speaker is correct about
the fact. It is also used to make generalizations about people or things.
Examples:
Cats like milk.
Birds do not like milk.
Do pigs like milk?
California is in America.
California is not in the United Kingdom.
Windows are made of glass.
Windows are not made of wood.
New York is a small city. It is not important that this fact is untrue.
USE 3 Scheduled Events in the Near Future

Speakers occasionally use Simple Present to talk about scheduled events in the near
future. This is most commonly done when talking about public transportation, but it can
be used with other scheduled events as well.
Examples:
The train leaves tonight at 6 PM.
The bus does not arrive at 11 AM, it arrives at 11 PM.
When do we board the plane?
The party starts at 8 o'clock.
When does class begin tomorrow?
USE 4 Now (Non-Continuous Verbs)

Speakers sometimes use the Simple Present to express the idea that an action is
happening or is not happening now. This can only be done with Non-Continuous Verbs
and certain Mixed Verbs.
Examples:
I am here now.
She is not here now.
He needs help right now.
He does not need help now.
He has his passport in his hand.
Do you have your passport with you?
ADVERB PLACEMENT
The examples below show the placement for grammar adverbs such as: always, only,
never, ever, still, just, etc.
Examples:
You only speak English.
Do you only speak English?
ACTIVE / PASSIVE
Examples:
Once a week, Tom cleans the car. Active
Once a week, the car is cleaned by Tom. Passive
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Verb Tense Exercise 1
Simple Present / Present Continuous

Some of your answers are incorrect. Incorrect answers have been left in place for you to
change.
1. Every Monday, Sally (drive) drives her kids to football practice.

2. Usually, I (work) as a secretary at ABT, but this summer I (study)
French at a language school in Paris. That is why I am in Paris.

3. Shhhhh! Be quiet! John (sleep) .

4. Don't forget to take your umbrella. It (rain) .

5. I hate living in Seattle because it (rain, always) .

6. I'm sorry I can't hear what you (say) because everybody (talk)
so loudly.

7. Justin (write, currently) a book about his adventures in Tibet. I
hope he can find a good publisher when he is finished.

8. Jim: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight?
Denise: Oh, I'm sorry, I can't. I (go) to a movie tonight with some friends.

9. The business cards (be, normally ) printed by a company in New York.
Their prices (be) inexpensive, yet the quality of their work is quite good.

10. This delicious chocolate (be) made by a small chocolatier in Zurich,
Switzerland.
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Sentences and Questios in Simple Present
- Exercise 1
Explanation: Simple Present



Put in the verbs in brackets into the gaps. Use Simple Present. Watch the punctuation
and form sentences or questions.


Toggle example
1) They
play
hockey at school. (to play)
2) She
writes
e-mails. (not/to write)
3)
do
you
speak
English? (to speak)
4) My parents
dont like
fish. (not/to like)
5) Anne any hobbies? (to have)
6) Andy's brother in an office. (to work)
7) Leroy very fast. (can/not/to read)
8) Jim and Joe the flowers every week? (to water)
9) Yvonne's mother a motorbike. (not/to ride)
10) Elisabeth cola? (to drink)


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Simple Present Exercise 08
Change the verb into the correct form, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the
"Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know. Note that you will lose points if you ask for
hints!
Change the verb into the correct form:
1. Christopher
drives
(drive) a bus.
2. We
have
(have) some money.
3.
do
(you watch) movies?
4. They
doesnt wo
(not work) for us.
5. I
love
(love) to dance.
6. She
has
(have) many friends.
7. Alexis and her husband always
come
(come) for the summer.
8.
he draw
(he draw) well?
9. James
doesnt remembe
(not remember) me.
10. Laura
is
(be) a beautiful girl.
11. I don't eat (not eat) cheese.
12. Cats
like
(like) to sleep.
13. You
are
(be) a smart boy.
14. She
washes
(wash) the dishes every evening.
15.
do you are
(you be) ready?
16. I
am
(be) ready
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Simple Present Exercise 02
Change the verb into the correct form, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the
"Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know. Note that you will lose points if you ask for
hints!
Change the verb into the correct form:
1. London
is
(be) in England.
2. The summer
is
(be) hot.
3. She
drives
(drive) very well.
4. They
open
(open) the store at 8:00.
5. Linda
is
(be) a very pretty girl.
6. I
have
(have) several jobs.
7. Water
boils
(boil) at 100 degrees.
8. Water
f reezes
(freeze) at 0 degrees.
9. My sister
speaks
(speak) English.
10. He
has
(have) a big apartment.
11. A triangle
has
(have) three corners.
12. My birthday
is
(be) in June.
13. Books
has
(have) pages.
14. Dogs
is
(be) good friends.
15. I
work
(work) hard.

Simple Present Exercise 03
Change the verb into the correct form, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the
"Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know. Note that you will lose points if you ask for
hints!
Change the verb into the correct form:
1. I
love
(love) you.
2. This
weighs
(weigh) 20 kilograms.
3. Ron
seems
(seem) serious.
4. We
like
(like) tomatoes.
5. The boy
want
(want) to play.
6. You
need
(need) to sleep.
7. They
agree
(agree) with me.
8. She
hears
(hear) something strange.
9. The box
contains
(contain) food.
10. Emma
appears
(appear) sad.
11. David
knows
(know) how to fix a car.
12. Daniel and Liz
seem
(seem) happy.
13. This
smell
(smell) bad.
14. I
believe
(believe) you.
15. We
are
(be) number one!

Simple Present Exercise 04
Change the verb into the correct form, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the
"Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know. Note that you will lose points if you ask for
hints!
Change the verb into the correct form:
1. I (go) to the city once a week.
2. You (play) the guitar very well.
3. She never (visit) me.
4. Tom always (find) new ways to do things.
6. Ann (want) to speak.
7. Toronto (be) in Canada.
8. Cars (have) wheels.
9. My mother (have) a big house.
10. We (play) a lot.
11. They (sell) fruit and eggs.
12. The building (be) on fire.
13. Marta (seem) sad.
14. I usually (help) my neighbors.
15. His brother rarely (leave) town.

Simple Present Exercise 05
Change the verb into the correct form, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the
"Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know. Note that you will lose points if you ask for
hints!
Change the verb into the correct form:
1. Daniel (fly) to Paris once a year.
2. She never (do) her homework.
3. Lisa (try) to help her sister.
4. Mark (go) home at seven.
5. The baby (cry) every night.
6. He (miss) her a lot.
7. Joe (study) really hard.
8. A boy (kiss) a girl.
9. Joana (buy) new stuff all the time.
10. Tim (watch) this show every night.
11. Sara (say) this all the time.
12. The teacher (teach) us new things.
13. He (pay) me well.
14. Barbara (wash) the dishes, and Leo washes the floor.
15. Nick (play) tennis twice a week.
16. This girl always (push) somebody.
17. Isabella (enjoy) listening to music.
18. David never (mix) milk and eggs.
19. The bee (buzz).
20. Taylor (fix) cars.

Simple Present Exercise 06
Change the verb into the correct form, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the
"Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know. Note that you will lose points if you ask for
hints!
Change the verb into the correct form:
1. I (not ride) horses.
2. You (not sell) cars.
3. He (not bring) gifts.
4. She (not take) pictures.
5. It (not cost) so much.
6. We (not seem) so happy.
7. They (not buy) new products.
8. Michael (not dance).
9. Michel (not run) fast.
10. Tim and Kate (not work) every day.
11. Lucas and Clara (not eat) meat.
12. I (not swim) much.
13. You (not ski) at all.
14. It (not hurt).
15. We (not give up).

Simple Present Exercise 07
Change the verb into the correct form, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the
"Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know. Note that you will lose points if you ask for
hints!
Change the verb into the correct form:
1. (I wake up) at five in the morning?
2. (you go) to work by train?
3. (she drink) coffee every morning?
4. (he smoke)?
5. (it hurt)?
6. (we dance)?
7. (they travel)?
8. (Emma cook) well?
9. (Alexander exercise) regularly?
10. (I look) well?
11. (you rest) enough?
12. (William work) too hard?
13. (they travel) often?
14. (Anthony go) to sleep too late?
15. (you bake) cakes?

Simple Present Exercise 08
Change the verb into the correct form, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the
"Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know. Note that you will lose points if you ask for
hints!
Change the verb into the correct form:
1. Christopher (drive) a bus.
2. We (have) some money.
3. (you watch) movies?
4. They (not work) for us.
5. I (love) to dance.
6. She (have) many friends.
7. Alexis and her husband always (come) for the summer.
8. (he draw) well?
9. James (not remember) me.
10. Laura (be) a beautiful girl.
11. I don't eat (not eat) cheese.
12. Cats (like) to sleep.
13. You (be) a smart boy.
14. She (wash) the dishes every evening.
15. (you be) ready?
16. I (be) ready.

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Present Simple Tense
I sing
How do we make the Present Simple Tense?
subject + auxiliary verb + main verb
do base
There are three important exceptions:
1. For positive sentences, we do not normally use the auxiliary.
2. For the 3rd person singular (he, she, it), we add s to the main verb or es to the
auxiliary.
3. For the verb to be, we do not use an auxiliary, even for questions and negatives.
Look at these examples with the main verb like:
subject auxiliary verb main verb
+
I, you, we, they

like coffee.
He, she, it

likes coffee.
-
I, you, we, they do not like coffee.
He, she, it does not like coffee.
?
Do I, you, we, they like coffee?
Does he, she, it like coffee?
Look at these examples with the main verb be. Notice that there is no auxiliary:
subject main verb
+
I am French.
You, we, they are French.
He, she, it is French.
-
I am not old.
You, we, they are not old.
He, she, it is not old.
?
Am I late?
Are you, we, they late?
Is he, she, it late?
How do we use the Present Simple Tense?
We use the present simple tense when:
the action is general
the action happens all the time, or habitually, in the past, present and future
the action is not only happening now
the statement is always true
John drives a taxi.
past present future

It is John's job to drive a taxi. He does it every day. Past, present and future.
Look at these examples:
I live in New York.
The Moon goes round the Earth.
John drives a taxi.
He does not drive a bus.
We meet every Thursday.
We do not work at night.
Do you play football?
Note that with the verb to be, we can also use the present simple tense for situations that
are not general. We can use the present simple tense to talk about now. Look at these
examples of the verb "to be" in the present simple tense - some of them are general,
some of them are now:
Am I right?
Tara is not at home.
You are happy.
past present future

The situation is now.

I am not fat.
Why are you so beautiful?
Ram is tall.
past present future

The situation is general. Past, present and future.

This page shows the use of the present simple tense to talk about general events. But note
that there are some other uses for the present simple tense, for example in conditional or if
sentences, or to talk about the future. You will learn about those later.
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb-tenses_present.htm
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