The Simple Present Tense: Useful Usage and Example Sentences

In this lesson, you will learn the simple present or present simple tense in English verb tenses chart.

Simple Present Tense | Usage & Examples

The simple present tense is used to describe habits, unchanging situations, general truths, and fixed arrangements.

Structure

  • Affirmative (+):           S + V(s/es) + O.
  • Negative (-):           S+ don/t/doesn/t + V (base form) + O.
  • Interrogative (?):        Do/does + S + V(base form) + O ?

Usage

  • To express habits, general truths, repeated actions or unchanging situations, emotions and wishes:
    I study (habit); I work in Newyork (unchanging situation); London is a large city (general truth)
  • To give instructions or directions:
    You open the door and you see a red umbrella.
  • To express fixed arrangements, present or future:
    Your flight starts at 09.00
  • To express future time, after some conjunctions: after, when, before, as soon as, until:
    I will finish the task before this afternoon.

Examples with the verb RUN

Affirmative (+) 

  • I run fast.
  • You run fast.
  • He runs fast.
  • She runs fast.
  • It runs fast.
  • They run fast.
  • We run fast.

Negative (-)

  • I don’t run fast.
  • You don’t run fast.
  • He doesn’t run fast.
  • She doesn’t run fast.
  • It doesn’t run fast.
  • They don’t run fast.
  • We don’t run fast.

Interrogative (?)

  • Do I run fast?
  • Do you run fast?
  • Does he run fast?
  • Does she run fast?
  • Does it run fast?
  • Do they run fast?
  • Do we run fast?

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The Simple Present Tense: Useful Usage and Example Sentences

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