Present Simple Tense
The present simple tense in English is used to describe an action that is regular, true or normal.
Today we will talk about:
- When we use the Present Simple Tense
- Common Phrases that are used with the Present Tense
- The Basic Conjugation of the Present Simple and Past Simple Tenses
- Be Questions in the present tense
- Do/does questions in the present tense
We use the present tense:
1. For repeated or regular actions
- I take the bus to work.
- She drinks coffee every morning.
- Matt sleeps seven hours every night during the week.
2. For facts.
- Mark lives in Singapore.
- There are 24 hours in a day..
- We grew up in Canada.
3. For habits.
- I get up early every day.
- Carol brushes her teeth twice a day.
- They travel to their country house every weekend.
4. For things that are always / generally true.
- It rains a lot in winter.
- The Queen of England lives in Buckingham Palace.
- They speak English at work.
(adapted from: Woodward English)
We usually use Present Simple tense with:
Adverbs of frequency
Present Simple vs Past Simple Conjugation
Be Questions in the present tense