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.
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
General scheme of using Present simple (OTHER VERBS) using the word work as an example
|I/You/We/They work||I/You/We /They |
do not work
|Do I/You/We/They work?|
|He/She/It works||He/She/It does not work||Does 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.