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Simple Present Tense

Simple Present Tense

Verb Tense
A verb tells about an action while a tense tells about the time. Thus, the tense of a verb tells us when, in time, an action occurred.

There are three simple verb tenses.
1. Simple Present
2. Simple Past
3. Simple Future

Simple Present Tense
The simple present tense indicates an action that is happening now.

For example,
  • The dog barks at the mailman.
  • I clean my room.
  • I fold the laundry.
  • She mops the floor.
  • I work very hard.

All these sentences are in the present tense and in each the verb is underlined. Sentences in the present tense use the base form of the verb. You don't need to change the verb at all in this tense.
However, if we are using the pronouns he, she, or it, then we add an "s" to the end of a present tense verb.

1. She asks for help.
2. He mows the lawn.
3. It seems correct.

Apart from using present tense to refer to actions that are happening now, we also use the present tense when:

1. We refer to something that is permanent.

For example:
1. I live in a house.
2. The sun rises from the east.
3. The moon revolves around the earth.

2. We refer to things that happens frequently (habitual actions).

For example:
1. I always listen to music.
2. I never forget my chores.
3. She drinks coffee every morning.
4. We get up daily at six o'clock. © 2014. All Rights Reserved.