Simple present tense



I write.
She writes.
You write.


I do not write.
She does not write.
You do not write.

Interrogative 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).

Sections in this article

The simple present tense
The present progressive tense
The present perfect tense
The present perfect progressive tense
Present tenses to talk about the future
The simple past tense
The past progressive tense
The past perfect tense
The past perfect progressive tense
Past verb forms with present or future meaning
The simple future tense
The future progressive tense
The future perfect tense

See also

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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