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Talking about the present using Present Simple | English Time Ask Elo

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Talking about the present using Present Simple

 

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Talking about the present using Present Simple

 

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🙏 @ Destiny Munir, Thank you for your question.

 

😀 As usual, I will try to explain the difference using simple language and plenty of examples.

 

 

Basically, there are two ways in which we can talk about the present time English. In many languages we only have tense and it is usually the context decides what we mean.

 

In English we use two different forms, one is used to talk about things which are generally or normally true. Present Simple is the name for the tense we use (tense means what verb form we need). In fact, tense is used almost 60% of the time in spoken English, so it is critical that we master it. Present Simple is very easy to use, you can use new verbs that you learn straight away. Every time you use a new verb, try to make a sentence with it in the present tense so that you remember it better.

 

The other form is used when we talk about something happening NOW. (at the moment of speaking). This one is called Present Continuous. We will look at some other time.

 

1. To talk about things which are true in the present (Present Simple)

  • I’m thirty years old.
  • I’m a teacher. I teach in a primary school.
  • My sister lives in London.

 

 

2. To talk about things which happen regularly in the present and are part of our normal life.

  • I drink a cup of coffee every morning.
  • I usually take a bus to work.
  • My father always gets up at 5 am, even on Sundays.

 

NOTE: We say: I drink, you go, they like but for he/she/ it we add +s= he likes, she drinks, it goes

 

3. To talk about things which always true, i.e. facts (science, biology, general statements).

  • The human body contains 206 bones.
  • Light travels at almost 300,000 kilometers per second.
  • The shops open at 9 am.

 

We often use words such as sometimes, always and never to say how often we do things (adverbs of frequency) 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:

  1. My name is … .
  2. I’m … years old.
  3. I come from … .
  4. I live in … . I’m a(n) … .
  5. I … at the weekend.
  6. I often … .
  7. I never … .

 

Complete these sentences so that they are true for a friend and try to remember them:

  1. Her/His name is … .
  2. She’s/He’s … years old.
  3. She/He comes from … .
  4. She/He lives in … . She’s/He’s a(n) … .
  5. She/He … at the weekend.
  6. She/He often … .
  7. She/He never … .

 

Present simple questions – to make a question you need a “helping verb”, DO or DOES (we use DO for I, you, we, they and DOES for he, she and it (a thing)

  • Look at these questions:
  • Do you play the piano? Yes, I do. or No, I don’t.
  • Does Jack play football? Yes, he does. Or no, he doesn’t.

Note: It is a bit rude in English to just say yes or no. That is why we use the above forms.

 

Questions with question words: 

  1. Where do you live?
  2. What does she do?
  3. How do they get to work?
  4. When do you usually do your shopping?
  5. Here are some useful questions. Try to remember them:
  6. Where do you come from?
  7. Do you come from …?
  8. Where do you live?
  9. Do you live in …? What work do you do?
  10. Do you like …?
  11. Do you know …?

 

Negative statements

  1. I like coffee but I don’t like tea. (don’t = do not)
  2. I don’t work in an office, I’m a teacher.
  3. They don’t work at the weekend. They are off.
  4. John doesn’t live in India anymore. (doesn’t = does not)
  5. Salma doesn’t drive to work. She goes by bus.

 

Remember to learn a lot of basic words for everyday actions and things around you. You will be able to use the present tense in many situations in everyday life. Make sure you follow our exercises to help you practise.

 

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Talking about the present using Present Simple English Time Ask Elo Elo Kasia is the Facebook Group Mentor for English Time | What I Learned Today”  and Director at Eloquent Learning Online School. www.eloquentlearning.com

 

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