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Present simple

Level: beginner

The present tense is the base form of the verb:

I work in London. 

But with the third person singular (she/he/it), we add an –s:

She works in London.

Present simple questions

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?

We use do and does to make questions with the present simple. We use does for the third person singular (she/he/it) and do for the others.

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

Where do Angela and Rita live?
What does Angela do?
When does Rita usually get up?

But questions with who often don't use do or does:

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

Here are some useful questions. Try to remember them:

Where do you come from?
Do you come from …?
Where do you live?
Do you live in ...?
What work do you do?
Do you like …?
Do you know …?

 
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Present simple negatives

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.

We use do and does to make negatives with the present simple. We use doesn't for the third person singular (she/he/it) and don't for the others.

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Present simple and present time

We use the present simple to talk about:

  • something that is true in the present:

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

  • something that happens regularly in the present:

I play football every weekend.

  • something that is always true:

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

We often use adverbs of frequency like sometimes, always and never with the present simple:

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

Here are some useful sentences. Complete them so that they are true for you and try to remember them:

My name is … .
I'm … years old.
I come from … .
I live in … .
I'm a(n) … .
I … at the weekend.
I often … .
I never … .

Complete these sentences so that they are true for a friend and try to remember them:

Her/His name is … .
She's/He's … years old.
She/He comes from … .
She/He lives in … .
She's/He's a(n) … .
She/He … at the weekend.
She/He often … .
She/He never … .
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Level: intermediate

Present simple and future time

We also use the present simple to talk about:

  • something that is fixed in the future:

The school term starts next week.
The train leaves at 19.45 this evening.
We fly to Paris next week.

  • something in the future after time words like when, after and before and after if and unless:

I'll talk to John when I see him.
You must finish your work before you go home.

If it rains we'll get wet.
He won't come unless you ask him.

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Level: advanced

We sometimes use the present simple to talk about the past when we are: 

  • telling a story:

I was walking down the street the other day when suddenly this man comes up to me and tells me he has lost his wallet and asks me to lend him some money. Well, he looks a bit dangerous so I'm not sure what to do and while we are standing there 

  • summarising a book, film or play:

Harry Potter goes to Hogwarts School. He has two close friends, Hermione and …

Shakespeare's Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark. One night he sees his father's ghost. The ghost tells him he has been murdered 

Basic level

Comments

Hi Adam,

Thanks & appreciate for the reply. I'm really sorry for my reckless and promise will be more careful & patience toward this kind of situation. Please accept my apology.

Hi,
No need to apologise - I was just explaining the situation. We're very happy to have you on LearnEnglish and I think some more of your questions have been answered since my last comment.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

John doesn’t live in Manchester.
Angela doesn’t drive to work.
and my question is that As you stated that
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.
then why you did'nt add S with Live and drive in the above examples.
Please clarify it also please,,, I am waiting for the answers of both of my questions please Help.

Hello Nomi221,
The two sentences you quote are negative sentences and we form these using an auxiliary verb (do/does) + not + the base form of the verb.
If you look at the auxiliary verb you'll see that it is a 3rd-person form (doesn't), and that is where the '-s' appears.  Remember:

  • in positive sentences, we add '-s' to the verb
  • in negative sentences (and questions) we use a 3rd-person auxiliary and the base form.

I hope that helps.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Alot
 

If we look at the Questions and negatives !
(1)Does Jack play football?
and
(2)Do Rita and Angela live in Manchester?
now in the First sentence Jack is third person that is why Does came in the first But in the second one why do came with Rita And Angela ?
Please Do clarify it to me please!
 

Hello Nomi 221,
In the second sentence we have two people - Rita and Angela - so we treat it as 'they' and use 'do' and not 'does'.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

good  for me nice

Hello everyone. Please help.
In this sentence "he never drinks beer" ,why not "drink"?
Thanks.

Hello nebibin,
This is a sentence with a verb in the Present Simple tense (click here for more information and an exercise on this). When we make a sentence with this tense in the third person (he, she or it) then we add -s to the verb, and so we need to have 'drinks' in the sentence.
I hope that helps you.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

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