Present Simple Tense Definition

i/ Actions that are repeated or habitual

ii/ States

iii/ Statements that are always true


a) I get up at 9.00 am.

b) I like coffee.

c) The sun sets in the west.

The form of the verb is usually the same as the base form, but the third person singular adds -s. Some verbs change, like 'to be', which uses 'am', 'are' and 'is', and 'to have', where the third person is 'has'. The auxiliary verb 'to do' is used in a negative structure or a question:

Do you like tea?

Does she live nearby?

I don't like them.

She doesn't go to the theatre very often.

The third person returns to the base form when 'does' or 'doesn't' are used.

See Also:

Tense; Past Simple


Verbs and Tenses

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