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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #9935: Present simple
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    Present simple

    Present simple

      Main uses:

    - Likes and dislikes / Opinions. I like chocolate.

    - Something that happens again and again. I go to school at eight.

    - Facts that are always true. The Earth goes round the sun.

    Affirmative sentences:
    I play, you play...
    I go, you go...

    WARNING! 3rd person singular: add -s OR -es.

    He plays, she plays...
    He goes, she goes...

    Negative and interrogative sentences: use do / does, don't / doesn't.

    I don't play, she doesn't play...
    Do you go...
    Does she go...

     Spelling changes (3rd person singular)

     -s is changed into  -es :

    a) when the verb ends in -s => She dresses her doll.

    b) when the verbs ends in -sh or c => Every morning she brushes her hair.

    c) when the verb ends in -o => In summer he goes  to the country.

     -s is changed into -ies when the verb ends in -y

             try => tries, carry => carries

      NOT when there is another vowel before the -y

         say => say, pay => pays


    Complete with the present simple. Don't use contracted forms.

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    1. 'What (your father/do)?' / 'He's a farmer'

    2. They (go) to the seaside every summer.

    3. (she/ like) horror films?

    4. 'Where (you/live)?' / 'In England.'

    5. Henry (not / watch) TV every night.

    6. On Saturdays she (wash) her car.

    7. He always (carry) his sister's schoolbag.

    8. Her dog (bark) when it hears someone walk in the garden.

    9. Her baby (not/cry) during the night; she is lucky.

    10. She (buy) a pair of shoes every month.

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