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    simple present tense

    Hi,

    I got a question as to why the simple tense of verbs is uswd in certain situations or conversations although they happened in the past. Please explain. Thanks

    For example,

    Watching a tennis game, and then the game ended. A friend walked in and asked, ' Who wins?' The other replied, Steffi wins'. At the time of speaking, the game has ended.

    Or in a conversation,

    A: I miss going to the staff meeting.
    B: really?
    C: ya, he means it.
    A: i didn't mean or i don't mean.

    Thanks

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    Re: simple present tense

    In the first set, I would use "won" in both instances.

    In the second set, the first three are OK, depending on context. I don't know what the second A means.

    B and C should start with a capital. In A the pronoun "i" should be capitalized.

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    Re: simple present tense

    The simple present tense is used in stating facts and general truths. This applies to the two cases mentioned.
    But the simple past tense could also be used in the contexts.

    The simple present is also used in news reporting e.g. when somebody has died, the news reports, "xxx dies".

    Note: Please capitalize the pronoun "I" and first word of a sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: simple present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The simple present tense is used in stating facts and general truths. This applies to the two cases mentioned.
    I don't see how that is relevant to the first dialogue which is, in my opinion unnatural anyway. Like Mike, I would say 'won.
    Last edited by Piscean; 12-Aug-2015 at 04:36. Reason: typo corrected

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    Re: simple present tense

    Try "say" won.

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