Simple Present Tense

Meaning

We use the simple present tense if the action is repeated, generalised and tells a fact.

Forms:

we use the base of the verb to form a sentence in the simple present . For questions, we use do or does. To make negative we use don’t or doesn’t.

Positive: We eat a pizza every week.

Question: Do you get up early in the morning?

Does Jane drive to work every morniing?

Negative: I don’t like rain.

She doesn’t eat meat.

Note: don’t = do not and doesn’t = does not

The verbs after 3rd person singular get –s–es,  or –ies.

Peter talks too much.

Peter usually watches a horror film.

Sally cries whenever she watches a sad film.

(cry-cries)

The verbs ending with ch, sh, x or ss get –es.

watch-watchesfix- fixeswash-washesmiss – misses

The verbs ending with consonant + y get –ies but the verbs ending vowel + y get –s.

try – triescry – criesbutplay – plays

S. Present tense