Simple Present Tense
I drink a cup of coffee every morning.
The verb “drink” is in the Simple Present Tense
Simple Present Tense ENGLISH Verbs
Some of my students and business clients in Japan have trouble using English verbs in the simple present tense. Using different verb tenses can be difficult in your second language.
I made an English Verb Course to explain the basics. This post is a preview of the Simple Present Tense textbook. It will explain the basic rules of this verb grammar and get you started.
We use the simple present tense to talk about things that happen regularly, often or are true in general.
“It rains a lot in April.” → This is generally true.
“I wake up at 7:00 am every day.” → I always wake up at 7:00, I do it regularly.
*(wake up is a phrasal verb – wake is in the simple present tense)
Sentences with HE, SHE, and IT as the subject
Sentences with he, she, and it as the subject will add s/es to the end of the verb.
“She plays the drums.”
“Jacob watches baseball every Monday at the park.”
*proper names like Jacob, Christine, etc. follow the he/she rule*“My car (it) sounds strange. I will take it to the garage.”
Questions and Negative statements
We use the auxiliary (helper) verb do/does to ask questions and to make negative statements in the simple present tense.
“Do you know what time it is?”
“Does Arnold Schwarzenegger live in LA?”
“I don’t know what time it is.”
“Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t live in Seattle.”