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What are other uses of the Present Simple tense

What are other uses of the Present Simple tense?

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What are other uses of the Present Simple tense

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What are other uses of the Present Simple tense?

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As we already know, the Present Simple is the most used tense in the English language (60% of usage). The most common examples include:
 
 
  • Facts – The cheetah is the fastest animal in the world.
  • Things true in the present – I live in London.
  • Routines – Every morning I wake up at 6.
  • Timetables – The train to Manchester leaves on the hour every hour.
 
 
 
 
However, there are other usages of the Present Simple you might not come across so often but they are important to know as well.
 
 
 
 
1. Stative verbs (normally they cannot be used in progressive tenses with -ing). They express a state rather than an action. They usually relate to thoughts, emotions, relationships, senses, states of being and measurements. Some common examples include:
 
 
  • Thoughts – agree, believe, imagine, know, mind, realise, remember, think, understand
  • Emotions – adore, love, hate, dislike, like, love, need, want
  • Senses: feel, hear, see, smell, taste
  • States of being: belong to, have (possession), include, look (seem), possess
  • Measurements: consist of, contain, cost equal, measure, weigh
 
 
 
For Example:
 
 
  1. I know what to do. I don’t mind waiting. I love her.
  2. I don’t understand you.
  3. He thinks the teacher dislikes him.
  4. I can hear some noises.
  5. The bottle consists of 500ml.
 
 
 
2. To tell a story, recount a plot or tell a joke.
 
 
  • Plot line: Ophelia tragically drowns in a stream.
  • Joke: A neutron walks into a bar and orders a drink. When the neutron gets his drink, he asks, “Bartender, how much do I owe you?”
  • The bartender replies, “For you, neutron, no charge.”
 
 
 
 
3. Newspaper headlines to make an impact (and save space)
 
 
  • Five die in city house fire.
  • Prime Minister meets US President.
  • Heatwave kills.
 
 
 
 
4. Sports commentary
 
 
  • Messi dribbles the ball up the centre field, he shoots, he scores, what a wonderful goal from Lionel Messi.
 
 
 
 
5. Future scheduled or planned actions
 
 
 
  • My flight leaves at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning.
 
 
 
 
 
6. To give instructions or orders (in the imperative form, which means you drop the subject and start our sentence with the verb)
 
 
 
  • Finely chop the shallots and add them to the skillet.
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