Saturday, March 1, 2014

Simple Present Tense

1:31 AM

I sing
How do we make the Simple Present Tense?
subject + auxiliary verb +main verb
                            do              base
There are three important exceptions:
  • For positive sentences, we do not normally use the auxiliary.
  • For the 3rd person singular (he, she, it), we add s to the main verb or es to the auxiliary.
  • 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:

Look at these examples with the main verb be. Notice that there is no auxiliary:

How do we use the Simple Present Tense?

We use the simple present 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
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 do not work at night.
  • Do you play football?


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