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Simple Present

I do

We use the present simple to talk about things in general. We use it to say that something happens all the time or repeatedly or that something is true in general.
  • Nurses look after patients in hospitals.
  • I usually go to school every day.
  • The sun rises in the east.
  • People need food.
  • It snows in winter.
  • The restaurant opens at 7.30 in the morning.
  • Peter drives a taxi.
We use do/does to make questions and negative sentences.
I like
Do I like?
I do not like
You like
Do you like?
You do not like
He / she / it likes
Does he / she / it like?
He / she /it doesn't like
We like
Do we like?
We don't like

Example simple present form:

  • He does not drive a bus .
  • I don't like mushrooms.
  • Do you play football?
  • Does she like tea ?
How often we do things
We use the present simple to say how often we do things:
  • I get up at 6 o'clock every morning.
  • How often do you go to the dentist?
  • Jane doesn't drink coffee very often.
  • Richard usually goes away two or three times a year.
We can use this tense to talk about the future.
  • School begins at eight tomorrow.
  • Our bus leaves at nine .
  • What time does the film start?
  • The plane doesn't arrive at ten, it arrives at ten thirty.
We need to use this simple tense with stative verbs
  • This soup tastes great.
  • You look stunning.
  • I think he is very handsome.
  • I promise I will help you.

Verb to be simple present form 

Look at these examples with the main verb be. Notice that there is no auxiliary:
I am English
Am I English?
I am not English
They are English
Are they English?
They are not English
We are French
Are we French?
We're not French
You are angry
Are you angry?
You're not angry
He is happy
Is he happy?
He is not happy
She is fat
Is she fat?
She is not fat
It is old
Is it old?
It's not old
We use to say how somebody is behaving. It is not usually possible in other sentences.
  • It's hot today. (not it is being hot)
  • Sarah is very tired . (not is being tired)
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