The present tense is the base form of the verb: I work in London.
But the third person (she/he/it) adds an -s: She works in London.

Use

We use the present tense to talk about:

  • something that is true in the present:

I’m nineteen years old.
He lives in London.
I’m a student.

  • something that happens again and again in the present:

I play football every weekend.

We use words like sometimes, often. always, and never (adverbs of frequency) with the present tense:

I sometimes go to the cinema.
She never plays football.

  • something that is always true:

The adult human body contains 206 bones.
Light travels at almost 300,000 kilometres per second.

  

  • something that is fixed in the future.

The school term starts next week.
The train leaves at 1945 this evening.
We fly to Paris next week.

 

Questions and negatives

Look at these questions:

Do you play the piano?
Where do you live?
Does Jack play football?
Where does he come from?
Do Rita and Angela live in Manchester?
Where do they work?

  • With the present tense, we use do and does to make questions. We use does for the third person (she/he/it) and we use do for the others.

 

 We use do and does with question words like where, what and why:

 

 But look at these questions with who:

Who lives in London?
Who plays football at the weekend?
Who works at Liverpool City Hospital?

Look at these sentences:

I like tennis, but I don’t like football. (don’t = do not)
I don’t live in London now.
I don’t play the piano, but I play the guitar.
They don’t work at the weekend.
John doesn’t live in Manchester. (doesn’t = does not)
Angela doesn’t drive to work. She goes by bus.

  • With the present tense we use do and does to make negatives. We use does not (doesn’t) for the third person (she/he/it) and we use do not (don’t) for the others.

Complete these sentences with don’t or doesn’t:

Exercise

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Comments

Dear sir,
I'm not sure I understand something. You are using the adverb always both with simple present and present continuous:
I play football every weekend.

We use words like sometimes, often. always, and never (adverbs of frequency) with the present tense:

And on the next page there are these examples:

for something which happens again and again:
It’s always raining in London.
They are always arguing.
George is great. He’s always laughing.

I don't understand the difference
Thanks in advance

Hello Selenia,

It's great that you noticed this! Adverbs of frequency are most often used with verbs in the present simple, as they describe things that happen regularly, i.e. with a certain frequency.

The adverb of frequency 'always' (only 'always', not so much the others) can also be used with the present continuous to talk about things that happen again and again. It can also sometimes communicate a sense that it is too much. For example, if I say 'It's always raining!', it can mean I think it's raining too much. Note that 'always' + present continuous does not always communicate the idea of 'too much' – for example, in 'George is great. He's always laughing.' I like the fact that George laughs a lot.

I hope this helps you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear sir kindly clarify me,
It looks that it may rain ( is it a correct sentence or I use "It is looking that it may rain" what is the difference between the two sentence )

Hello SatyaD,

I'm afraid that is not a correct sentence. We can say the following, with no difference in meaning:

It looks like it might rain.

It looks like it may rain.

It is possible to say 

It's looking like it might rain.

It's looking like it may rain.

The suggestion here is that the appearance is temporary: a short time before it probably did not look so likely, for example.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

FILL IN THE BLANKS USING SIMPLE PRESENT OR CONTINUOUS TENSE
1.INDIA .............(PLAY)AUSTRALIA IN TODAYS FINAL.
2.I SHALL TELL HIM THE NEWS AS SOON AS I ...............(SEE)HIM
3.THE TWO PRESIDENTS ........(MEET).FOR TALKS LATER THIS AFTERNOON
4.WE............(BUILD)A SHED NEXT TO OUR HOUSE.WE ..........(WANT) A PLACE TO KEEP THE COW.
5.I.........(DO) MY HOMEWORK JUST NOW .I.....(DO) IT EVERYDAY.

Hello pallawi,

I'm afraid we don't provide an answering service for homework or other tasks from elsewhere. We can help with questions about the material we have on our own pages, but we don't do exercises for users from elsewhere.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Ask me.
Or
Ask to me.

I think that ask sb to do sth :D

dear sir/madam,

we use do/does/did to emphasize on positive sentences in present simple and past simple

eg.

i write .......... i do write
he writes .......he does write

when we use the verb DO
are following sentences correct?
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i do...........i do do
he does .........he does do
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when we use simple past we use did to emphasize on positive sentences

eg.
i went ................i did go
he had...............he did have

are following sentences correct?

i did..........i did do
it did .........it did do

please help

Can you give more specific sentences. It's hard to understand what you are talking.

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