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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #117565: Present Simple
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    Present Simple

    The simple present tense is one of the several forms of verbs in English; this lesson will explain its uses.



    The simple present tense is used:

    -> to talk about habits.


    (1) He DRINKS tea at breakfast.

    (2) She only EATS fish.

    (3) They WATCH television regularly.

    -> to talk about repeated actions or events.


    (1) We CATCH the bus every morning.

    (2) They DRIVE to Monaco every summer.

    -> to express general truths or facts.


    (1) Water BOILS at one hundred degrees.

    (2) My mother IS Spanish.

    -> to talk about fixed arrangements.


    (1) The library OPENS at eight.

    (2) Our holiday STARTS on the 26th of April.

    -> to give instructions or directions.


    (1) OPEN the packet and POUR the contents into warm water.

    (2) You TAKE the No.7 bus to Watney and then the No.10 to Bedford.


    NOTE: All the verbs take "singular forms" when conjugated in the third person singular (he, she, it) form.

    For examples:

    (a) John/He WATCHES TV regularly.

    (b) Mary/She WORKS hard.

    (c) The Earth/It REVOLVES round the Sun.

    Exception: The verb "to have" changes its forms as follows. I HAVE two sisters and two brothers. But she HAS one sister and two brothers.


    Surely, there is a little test for you to do. Write the verbs in brackets in  present simple .



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    1. She (help) the kids of the neighbourhood.

    2. You always (teach) me new things.

    3. I (bake) cookies four times in a month.

    4. Lorie (travel) to Paris every Sunday.

    5. I (to do) not have the time or patience to cook a proper meal.

    6. In this club, people usually (dance) a lot.

    7. Linda (take) very good care of her sister.

    8. Martha and Kevin (swim) twice in a week.

    9. We (live) in the suburban areas most of the year.

    10. The kids love Tom. He always (tell) them funny stories.

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