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Using the Present Simple Tense

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In today’s blog post we are going to be taking a look at the present simple and when to use it.

In general we use the present simple to:

  • Express habits, general truths, repeated actions or unchanging situations, emotions and wishes. Eg On Mondays I go swimming.
  • Give instructions. Eg Take the 2nd turning on the right.
  • Express fixed arrangements, present or future. Eg The train leaves at 8:00am so we should arrive at 7:30am.
  • Express future time, after some conjunctions: after, when, before, as soon as,   until etc. Eg When we finish class I’m going to have lunch.

For the present simple, we use the infinitive of the verb, for example: I live in Seville. However when we are speaking in the 3rd person (he/she/it) we need to add an ‘s’ to the end of the verb, she lives in Seville.
When we want to state a negative in the present simple we need to use do not (don’t) and does not (doesn’t.) Eg,
  • I don’t like football.
  • He doesn’t live in Madrid any more.

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Present Simple Questions

To make questions using the present simple we need to use Does for the third person and Do for the other types. Eg:

  • Do you play the guitar?
  • Does Sarah play Tennis?

We also use Do/Does with where/what/when questions eg:

  • Where do you work?
  • What does he want?
  • When do you want to eat?


I hope you found this post helpful, if you have any questions please leave a comment below!

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