What Is the Simple Present Tense? (with Examples)
The simple present tense is quite simple to form (see spelling rules on the right), but it's not simple in terms of how it's used. In fact, it's quite complicated.
Examples of the Simple Present TenseThe simple present tense is used:
(1) To describe facts and habits:
This type of sentence, especially if it's describing a habit, will usually include a time expression like always, every year, never, often, on Mondays, rarely, sometimes, or usually.
(2) To describe scheduled events in the future
(3) To tell stories (particularly jokes) to make your listener or reader feel more engaged with the story.
The Negative VersionTo create a negative sentence, use "do not" + [base form of the verb]. (Use "does not" with third person singular (he / she / it).) For example:
The Question Version
Forming the Simple Present TenseHere is an infographic explaining the simple present tense:
The Other Present TensesThe simple present tense is one of four present tenses. They are:
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Simple past tense
Past progressive tense
Past perfect tense
Past perfect progressive tense
Simple present tense
Present progressive tense
Present perfect tense
Present perfect progressive tense
Simple future tense
Future progressive tense
Future perfect tense
Future perfect progressive tense
Glossary of grammatical terms
Forming the Simple Present TenseThe simple present tense is quite easy to form. Let's take the verb to run (whose base form is run). In the simple present tense, run looks like this:
In other words, it only changes in the third person singular (he / she / it). It adds either s, es or ies.
The Spelling RulesFor regular verbs, just add s:
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