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    simple present or present simple?

    Is there any difference? Why do we find "simple present" in some grammar books and find "present simple" in others? I know this isn't very important, but it may be a bit confusing for young learners.

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    Re: simple present or present simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by charlotte
    Is there any difference? Why do we find "simple present" in some grammar books and find "present simple" in others? I know this isn't very important, but it may be a bit confusing for young learners.
    To me it's the simple present because it isn't complicated by anything. I suppose some grammarians call it present simple for the sake of consistency with present perfect and present progressive, but I don't really know. I would just tell people they mean the same thing. Most grammar references I know of, by the way, say simple present.

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    Re: simple present or present simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by charlotte
    Is there any difference? Why do we find "simple present" in some grammar books and find "present simple" in others? I know this isn't very important, but it may be a bit confusing for young learners.
    I agree with Ron. I use both at times, but "simple present" is probably the better choice.

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    ok, thank you, I use "simple present" but it was good to know your opinion :wink:

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    I use both, but if I had to choose one, I'd choose present simple, so that it fitted in with present perfect and present progressive\continuous.

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    TDOL, I think we should mention both forms in our glossary entry for this topic, as people will be searching for both.
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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