simple present or present simple?

Status
Not open for further replies.
C

charlotte

Guest
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.
 

RonBee

Moderator
Joined
Feb 9, 2003
Member Type
Other
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
charlotte said:
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.

:)
 

MikeNewYork

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
charlotte said:
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.
 
C

charlotte

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

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
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. ;-)
 

Red5

Webmaster, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
England
Current Location
England
TDOL, I think we should mention both forms in our glossary entry for this topic, as people will be searching for both. ;-)
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top