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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 


Hello Russell... I think I can help you with your question... the answer is "Do". Why? Because Do is used for the pronouns: I, You (singular and plural form) We and they...
Does is used for: He, She or It...
your friends means... they... I hope you can understand with this information and also you can try with the excersises in this website... :)

Hi Russell_S

Both 'do' and 'does' are possible here because 'which' can be used to speak about one person or about many. If the person asking the question is thinking of one person, then 'does' is correct. But if they are thinking of more than one person, then 'do' is correct. 

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear sir,can we use do or does to make an interrogative negative sentence in present simple,

(Ali always speaks the truth.)

Does Ali never speak the truth?

Does Ali not always speak the truth?

Which sentence is gramatically and logically correct?

Hello SarabAli
Yes, that's correct, we use 'do/does' to make interrogative and negative sentences in the present simple, as well as interrogatives in the negative.
Both of your sentences are grammatically correct. Which one is most suitable depends on the situation. The first one (with 'never') suggests that, in this situation there is the idea that Ali lies a lot and the person asking the question could be surprised to hear this. The second one could suggest that the speaker is surprised to hear that perhaps Ali lies sometimes.
I hope this helps you make sense of it.
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

can we say the simple present usally use it in the habites and the facts !!!
Thanks !
Sed Far

Hello Sed Far
Yes, you can say that two of the uses of the present simple are to speak about habits and facts, though there are also other uses (see the bottom half of the page for examples).
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello team!
I have a question.Does these questions have the same meaning?
"What do you ask on my mind?"
"What is on my mind you ask?"

Hello Goktung123,

The first question is not correct. The second question is grammatically correct, but there should be a comma before 'you'.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir
Re: a comma after a phrase and before the subject
For example: At the weekend she likes to go for a walk in the country or to go swimming in the pool near her home.
My question is - a comma after 'At the weekend ' before 'she' is wrong to have or is it an option?
Please let me know

Hi Lal

I would put a comma there, but not everyone would. If you're writing for a publication, the style guide used by the publishing house will likely prefer one usage or the other.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team