Present Simple

Present simple – simple (indefinite) present tense in English. It is usually used to talk about everyday life, about regular repetitive actions. It is the most common verb form in the English language, accounting for more than half of the verbs in spoken English.

Present simple
Signal wordsUseForm
Every day








Ever (in questions)

From time to time

Once, twice a week (a month, a year, etc.)

Facts in present

Repeated actions in present

Something happens repeatedly

How often something happens

One action follows another

Things in general

With verbs like (to love, to hate, to think, etc.)

Future meaning: timetables, programmes



infinitive +

General scheme of using Present simple (OTHER VERBS) using the word work as an example

I/You/We/They workI/You/We /They

do not work

Do I/You/We/They work?
He/She/It worksHe/She/It does not  workDoes He/She/It work?

For convenience, you can use abbreviated forms:

do not –  don’t

does not doesn’t  

It is important to know:

  • -es (box – boxes) is added to words ending in -s, -ss, -x, -z, -ch, -sh
  • in words ending in -th, only -s is added (path – paths).
  • in words ending in -y, the ending changes to -ies (to fly – flies).
  • Frequently used words: have – has, do – does, go – goes.

The verb to be has a special form of conjugation.

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