Simple Present Tense

1A. Explanation
    The simple present tense takes one of two forms depending on the subject.
    Subject base form -s form
    I, you eat  
    They, We go  
    Plural nouns work  
    He, She, It   eats
    Singular nouns   goes

    Non count-nouns

      works

1B. Examples
    Subjects followed by verb in base form: Subjects with verb in s form
    I like rice. She makes toys.
    You look nice. He rakes leaves.
    They think twice. It takes time.
    We throw dice. Mom bakes pies.
    Chefs use spice. Water slakes thirst.
    The boys ring the doorbell. Jill loves dates.
    Children sing on special occasions. Mr. Smith fills crates.
    Some people bring gifts to parties. Grandpa washes plates.
    Bees sting when they are disturbed. The dog jumps gates.

1C. Exercises
    1. Jerry (come/comes) to school on time.

    2. Jerry and Linda (come/comes) to school on time.

    3. Ms. Jones (teach/teaches) geography.

    4. The cat (sleep/sleeps) on the sofa every day.

    5. Milk (cost/costs) two dollars a quart.

2A. Explanation

    Use the simple present tense to indicate:

    1. Routine actions

    2. Facts

2B. Examples
    Routine actions Facts
    John brushes his teeth every morning. Hawaii is in the Pacific Ocean.
    Carol usually drives to work. Some birds fly south for the winter.
    The teacher grades homework on Fridays. Water consists of hydrogen and oxygen.


    Note how the present tense is used in the following paragraph.

    Mr. Lee is a bus driver. Every day he gets up at 7:00 a.m. and prepares for his day. He showers, eats his breakfast, and puts on his uniform. His wife drives him to the station where he checks in with his supervisor. Then, he gets on Bus #405 and starts the engine. He pulls out of the parking lot and begins his route. At his first stop, he picks up Mrs. Miller, who lives in a red house on the corner of Main Street and Seventh Avenue. She works at the post office and has to be to work by 9:00. At the next stop, the Bartlett twins get on the bus. They attend class at Bayside Elementary. More children get on at the next three stops, and they ride until the bus reaches their school. Mr. Lee enjoys seeing the kids every day and is happy to see them again in the afternoon when he drives them safely back home.

2C. Exercises
    1. To practice the present tense, reread the above paragraph, then try to repeat the main ideas in your own words. Be sure to use the -s form of the verb when the subject of a sentence is singular. Have a partner listen to your speech and check for correct usage of verbs.

    2. Tell whether the present tense is appropriate in the following sentences.

    1. Yesterday I go to Washington D.C.

    2. Everyday, Mr. Johnson cleans his room.

    3. They usually take the bus to the office.

    4. Right now Susan eats her breakfast.

    5. Melinda and Harry work in the bank.

    Correct

    Correct

    Correct

    Correct

    Correct

    Incorrect

    Incorrect

    Incorrect

    Incorrect

    Incorrect

    Common Mistakes with the simple present tense

    1. Not using the -s form with singular subjects:

    Jack likes Chinese food.

    Jack like Chinese food.

    (Correct)

    (Incorrect)

    2. Using the simple present tense when another tense is required.

    Last night I watched television for two hours.

    Last night I watch television for two hours.

    (Correct)

    (Incorrect)

 

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Tense
written by aju, August 21, 2009
Simple Present Tense
1A. Explanation
The simple present tense takes one of two forms depending on the subject.
Subject base form -s form
I, you eat
They, We go
Plural nouns work
He, She, It eats
Singular nouns goes
Non count-nouns
works


1B. Examples
Subjects followed by verb in base form: Subjects with verb in –s form
I like rice. She makes toys.
You look nice. He rakes leaves.
They think twice. It takes time.
We throw dice. Mom bakes pies.
Chefs use spice. Water slakes thirst.
The boys ring the doorbell. Jill loves dates.
Children sing on special occasions. Mr. Smith fills crates.
Some people bring gifts to parties. Grandpa washes plates.
Bees sting when they are disturbed. The dog jumps gates.


1C. Exercises
1. Jerry (come/comes) to school on time.
2. Jerry and Linda (come/comes) to school on time.

3. Ms. Jones (teach/teaches) geography.

4. The cat (sleep/sleeps) on the sofa every day.

5. Milk (cost/costs) two dollars a quart.

2A. Explanation

Use the simple present tense to indicate:
1. Routine actions

2. Facts

2B. Examples
Routine actions Facts
John brushes his teeth every morning. Hawaii is in the Pacific Ocean.
Carol usually drives to work. Some birds fly south for the winter.
The teacher grades homework on Fridays. Water consists of hydrogen and oxygen.


Note how the present tense is used in the following paragraph.


Mr. Lee is a bus driver. Every day he gets up at 7:00 a.m. and prepares for his day. He showers, eats his breakfast, and puts on his uniform. His wife drives him to the station where he checks in with his supervisor. Then, he gets on Bus #405 and starts the engine. He pulls out of the parking lot and begins his route. At his first stop, he picks up Mrs. Miller, who lives in a red house on the corner of Main Street and Seventh Avenue. She works at the post office and has to be to work by 9:00. At the next stop, the Bartlett twins get on the bus. They attend class at Bayside Elementary. More children get on at the next three stops, and they ride until the bus reaches their school. Mr. Lee enjoys seeing the kids every day and is happy to see them again in the afternoon when he drives them safely back home.

2C. Exercises
1. To practice the present tense, reread the above paragraph, then try to repeat the main ideas in your own words. Be sure to use the -s form of the verb when the subject of a sentence is singular. Have a partner listen to your speech and check for correct usage of verbs.
2. Tell whether the present tense is appropriate in the following sentences.

1. Yesterday I go to Washington D.C.
2. Everyday, Mr. Johnson cleans his room.

3. They usually take the bus to the office.

4. Right now Susan eats her breakfast.

5. Melinda and Harry work in the bank.
Correct
Correct

Correct

Correct

Correct
Incorrect
Incorrect

Incorrect

Incorrect

Incorrect


Common Mistakes with the simple present tense
1. Not using the -s form with singular subjects:

Jack likes Chinese food.
Jack like Chinese food.
(Correct)
(Incorrect)


2. Using the simple present tense when another tense is required.

Last night I watched television for two hours.
Last night I watch television for two hours.
(Correct)
(Incorrect)


simple present tense.
written by saghir ahmed, August 22, 2009
Good effort, keep it up.
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written by ricardo rivera, October 18, 2009
1C. Exercises

1. Jerry (come/comes) to school on time.

2. Jerry and Linda (come/comes) to school on time.

3. Ms. Jones (teach/teaches) geography.

4. The cat (sleep/sleeps) on the sofa every day.

5. Milk (cost/costs) two dollars a quart.
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written by ricardo rivera, October 18, 2009
1. Yesterday I go to Washington D.C.

2. Everyday, Mr. Johnson cleans his room.

3. They usually take the bus to the office.

4. Right now Susan eats her breakfast.

5. Melinda and Harry work in the bank.

Correct Incorrect

Correct Incorrect

Correct Incorrect

Correct Incorrect

Correct Incorrect

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written by Jesus Arenas, October 19, 2009
1C. Exercises

1. Jerry comes to school on time.

2. Jerry and Linda come to school on time.

3. Ms. Jones teaches geography.

4. The cat sleep on the sofa every day.

5. Milk costs two dollars a quart.

2. Tell whether the present tense is appropriate in the following sentences.

1. Yesterday I go to Washington D.C. Incorrect

2. Everyday, Mr. Johnson cleans his room. Correct

3. They usually take the bus to the office. Correct

4. Right now Susan eats her breakfast. Correct

5. Melinda and Harry work in the bank. Correct
...
written by De la cruz G. Sandra, October 20, 2009
1C. Exercises

1. Jerry comes to school on time.

2. Jerry and Linda come to school on time.

3. Ms. Jones teaches geography.

4. The cat sleep on the sofa every day.

5. Milk costs two dollars a quart.


2C. Exercises

1. Yesterday I go to Washington D.C. Incorrect

2. Everyday, Mr. Johnson cleans his room. Correct

3. They usually take the bus to the office. Correct

4. Right now Susan eats her breakfast. Correct

5. Melinda and Harry work in the bank. Correct
...
written by Krisztina Czibere, November 13, 2009
Hi Everybody!

Sorry to say that 2C./4. is incorrect.
Right now Susan eats her breakfast.
The correct sentence is:
Right now Susan is eating her breakfast.

Because it happens at that very moment. The "right now" time adverb shows it.
Hi
written by Rajan, November 27, 2009
Exercises
1)Jery comes to school on time.
2)Jery and Linda come to school on time

3)Ms.Jones teaches geography
4)The cat sleeps on the sofa every day.
5)Milk cost two dollars a quart.
...
written by suneetha, November 29, 2009
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written by Fatima, December 08, 2009
1C. Exercise
1. Jerry (comes) to school on time.
2. Jerry and Linda (comes) to school on time.
3. Ms. Jones (teach) geography.
4. The cat (sleeps) on the sofa every day.
5. Milk (costs) two dollars a quart.

2C Exercise
1. Yesterday I go to Washington D.C.
Correct
2. Everyday, Mr. Johnson cleans his room.
Correct
3. They usually take the bus to the office.
Incorrect
4. Right now Susan eats her breakfast.
Correct
5. Melinda and Harry work in the bank.
Incorrect
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written by mMm, March 09, 2010
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the cat sleep on the sofa everyday.
written by april, March 28, 2010
i just want to clarify the sentence above."the cat sleep on the sofa every day" why not use the word "sleeps"?.compare to this example "the dog jumps gates".I'm confused about this.
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written by Irum fatima, April 01, 2010
hyeee.
I am confused...why we write..The cat(sleep)on the sofa everyday//why u dont use (sleeps).....2nd is tht....i am very satisfy from ur teaching....
USING WORDS
written by maroof sayeed, April 13, 2010
HE,SHE,IT -USE- DOSE,HAS,VERB(S,ES)

I,WE,YOU,THEY -USE- DO,HAVE,VERB
simple present
written by faheem , April 13, 2010
HI EVERY BODY I AM CLEAR AND HOW TO SIMPLE PRESEND FORMULA.

POSITIVE: S VERB(S,ES) O

NEGATIVE: S DO,DOES NOT V O

simple
written by faheem , April 13, 2010
HI EVERY BODY I AM CLEAR AND HOW TO USE SIMPLE PRESENT FORMULA.

POSITIVE: S,VERB(S,ES),O

NEGATIVE: S,DO,DOES,NOT, V,O
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