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    He drinks/will always drink beer every night.

    Hi

    I am wondering what's the difference with and without the 's' at the end e.g. 'He drinks beer every night' and 'He will always drink beer at night.' Aren't both simple present tense? What's the reason for the difference in the use of the 's' at the end of drink in one sentence?? Thanks. M

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    #2

    Re: He drinks/will always drink beer every night.

    Your native language is English and you don't understand this?

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    #3

    Re: He drinks/will always drink beer every night.

    As a teacher, you have probably heard of modal/auxiliary verbs. Your second sentence contains one.

    ps. Welcome to the forum.

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    #4

    Re: He drinks/will always drink beer every night.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarthaX View Post
    Aren't both simple present tense?
    There is considerable disagreement over this- some argue that will is the future tense, and others, including most modern linguists, that it is a present tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarthaX View Post
    What's the reason for the difference in the use of the 's' at the end of drink in one sentence?
    When we use a modal verb like can/could/will/would/may/might/shall/should, the verb that comes after it is the base form and does not take the -s ending:

    I go/she goes
    I go/he will go

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    Re: He drinks/will always drink beer every night.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Your native language is English and you don't understand this?

    'SoothingDave' I know what is right, I'm just trying to find out why. How many english native speakers can explain the rules behind every choice of words they use in a sentence?? It was many years since I sat in a classroom learning English theory but I have found myself in a position of helping a non-English speaker with everyday English, so I'm acting as a coach. I have not claimed to be an expert in the mechanics of the language. So maybe I should have said I am not a teacher, but I am acting in a teaching role, though not conducting a formal class. I am disappointed by your response as a senior member of the forum - a platform that is supposed to be supporting the teaching/learning of English. However, I am happy to receive the subsequent, very helpful replies. Many thanks.

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    #6

    Re: He drinks/will always drink beer every night.

    Martha, this forum is the 'Ask a Teacher' forum. There is an expectation that people who say they are English teachers are qualified and/or experienced teachers. If you had said that you were someone who was interested in language, nobody would have said a thing about your question except to try to help. When somebody who says she is an English teacher asks a question such as yours, it is inevitable that some of us will express surprise.

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    #7

    Re: He drinks/will always drink beer every night.

    Frequently people put down nonsense in their profiles. Your profile seemed to be nonsense. I apologize for the presumption.

    I am old school, so to me "will" indicates a future tense. But whatever you call it, as was noted above, when you use a "helper" verb with a main verb, the main verb is used in the root form.

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    Re: He drinks/will always drink beer every night.

    I suggest you change your member profile so that it says "Interested in language" instead of "Teacher" to avoid similar responses in future.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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