Tenses & Timelines: Simple Form-Present*

Tenses & Timelines: Simple Present

April 4, 2019

Native English Instructor

Written by Douglas Shaw

The simple present tense is used to discuss permanent situations and the frequency of events. (I do)

Tense test

Regular or permanent situations

When something happens regularly or is a permanent situation; we use the simple present tense. Forming the simple present, the verb (with the exception of the auxiliary verbs) remains in the main form.

Note: verb+ s with he / she / it.

e.g. Questions:

  • Where do you live? I live in Indonesia.
  • Where does she live? She lives in Japan.
  • What do you do? I’m a teacher.

Frequency

The simple present tense is also used to show how often something happens with the use of adverbs of frequency.

Refer to the following chart for some of the most common adverbs of frequency.

alwaysusuallyoftensometimes
occasionallyseldomrarelynever

The simple present can also be used when discussing daily routines using these.

dailyweeklymonthlyyearly

e.g.

  • always get up at 5 a.m.
  • never drink beer before 6 p.m.
  • write teaching material everyday.
  • Every Friday my wife and I go to the movies.



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