Simple Present Tense Form And Uses

Simple Present Tense Form

Affirmative Negative Question
I write.
She writes.
You write.
I do not write.
She does not write.
You do not write.
Do I write?
Does she write?
Do you write?


When the subject is a third person pronoun (e.g. he, she, it) or a singular countable noun, the verb takes –s marking in the simple present tense.


Uses of the simple present tense

We use the simple present tense to talk about permanent situations, or about things that happen regularly, repeatedly or all the time.

Timeless truths

We use the simple present tense to express timeless truths.

Series of events

When we talk about completed actions and events that happen as we speak or write, we usually use the simple present. This happens, for example, in demonstrations and commentaries.

Here comes … etc.

Note the structure here comes … and there goes …

Pronoun subjects come directly after here and there.

Talking about the future

The simple present is used to refer to future events which are time tabled.

The simple present is often used instead of will … in subordinate clauses that refer to the future.

Formal correspondence

Some fixed phrases that are used in letter-writing can be expressed either in the simple present (more formal) or in the present progressive (less formal).