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Tenses

Concept: Simple Present Tense

Definition

The simple present tense is one of the sub-types of the present tense. The simple present tense is used to talk about events that are taking place at the moment.

Examples

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Uses of the Simple Present Tense

  1. We use simple present tense to talk about habitual actions or the things that happen on a regular basis, such as a hobby or a daily event.

    Examples

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  2. The simple present tense is also used to talk about actions that are universal facts. The simple present can also refer to the person who is talking about a fact that was true in the past. It is true in the present and will be true forever.

    Examples

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    The simple present tense is also used to talk about scheduled events that will take place in the future.

    Examples

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How to Form the Simple Present Tense?

  1. In the simple present, the verb is the root form, and the subject is in the first or second person. When the subject is in the third person, the verb takes a ‘s’.

    Examples

    First Person Second Person Third Person
    I speak French. You speak French. He speaks French.
  2. If the verb ends in a consonant followed by ‘y’, then the ‘y’ is converted into ‘i’ and adds ‘es’.

    Examples

    The baby cries every night. (cry= cries)

  3. If the verb ends in a vowel followed by ‘y’, then an ‘s’ will be added to the verb.

    Examples

    She buys groceries every day.

Common Mistakes

Do not forget to add the ‘s’ to the verb if the subject is in the third person singular.
Correct and Incorrect Usage
He run quickly.
He runs quickly.

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