Simple Present - Use
The Simple Present is frequently used in English. It is also called Present Simple. Have a look at the following examples:
1) repeated actions (everyday, always, often, sometimes or never)
My friend often draws nice posters.
I never drink milk.
2) things in general
The sun rises in the East.
3) fixed arrangements, scheduled events(e.g. timetable)
The plane flies to London every Monday.
4) actions in the present - one follows after the other (first - then, after that)
First I get up, then I have breakfast.
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6) after special verbs, which are normally not used with the Present Progressive (These verbs express states, possessions, feelings etc.)
be, believe,belong, hate, hear, like, love, mean, prefer, remain, realize, see, seem, smell, think, understand, want, wish
I understand English.
He doesn't like fish.
Simple Present - Signal words
Thesewords tell you what tense you have to use. For the Simple Present these are adverbs of frequency:
Other phrases of time can occur, like:
every dayevery week
Simple Present - Form
Form of the Simple Present
We use the infinitive of the verb. In the 3rd person Singular (he, she, it - or a name) we put an -sat the end of the infinitive.
infinitive - 3rd person Singular (he, she, it) infinitive + -s
I/we/you/they play football.
He/she/it plays football.
NOTE: he, she, it - Donot forget the -s.
We use the auxiliary do.
I/we/you/they do not play football.
He/she/it does not play football.
NOTE: We often use short forms in negative sentences inthe Simple Present:
I/we/you/they don't play football.
He/she/it doesn't play football.
Do I/we/you/they play football?
Does he/she/it play football?
Simple Present - Spelling