Simple Present Tense: Definition and Useful Examples 1

Simple Present Tense: Definition and Useful Examples

Simple present tense in English with simple present examples. Learn the definition and how to form the simple present tense in English with ESL infographics.

Simple Present Tense

Present Simple Definition

The simple presentpresent simple or present indefinite is one of the verb forms associated with the present tense in modern English. In Simple Present, the action is simply mentioned and there is nothing being said about its completeness. It is used to talk about an action which happens on a regular basis.

Forming the Simple Present Tense

Positive Statements | Present Simple

SUBJECTVERBREST OF THE SENTENCE
Istudyin Texas school.
Youstudyin Texas school.
Hestudiesin Texas school.
Tomstudiesin Texas school.
The boystudiesin Texas school.
Shestudiesin Texas school.
Annastudiesin Texas school.
The girlstudiesin Texas school.
Westudyin Texas school.
Youstudyin Texas school.
Theystudyin Texas school.
The childrenstudyin Texas school.

Notice how we use ‘study’ for the subjects I, You, We, You and They and we use ‘studies’ for the subjects ‘He’ and ‘She’.

Negative Statements | Simple Present

SUBJECTDON’T (DO NOT) / DOESN’T (DOES NOT)VERBREST OF THE SENTENCE
Idon’tplaytennis.
Youdon’tplaytennis.
Hedoesn’tplaytennis.
Tomdoesn’tplaytennis.
The boydoesn’tplaytennis.
Shedoesn’tplaytennis.
Annadoesn’tplaytennis.
The girldoesn’tplaytennis.
Wedon’tplaytennis.
Youdon’tplaytennis.
Theydon’tplaytennis.
The mendon’tplaytennis.

Notice how we use ‘don’t’ for the subjects I, You, We, You and They

and we use ‘doesn’t’ for the subjects ‘He’ and ‘She’. The verb form remains the same for all subjects.

Interrogative Statements / Questions | Present Simple

DO / DOESSUBJECTVERBREST OF THE SENTENCE
DoIsleepin the afternoon?
Doyousleepin the afternoon?
Doeshesleepin the afternoon?
DoesJohnsleepin the afternoon?
Doesthe boysleepin the afternoon?
Doesshesleepin the afternoon?
DoesAnnasleepin the afternoon?
Doesthe girlsleepin the afternoon?
Dowesleepin the afternoon?
Doyousleepin the afternoon?
Dotheysleepin the afternoon?
Dothe mensleepin the afternoon?

Notice how we use ‘Do’ for the subjects I, You, We, You and They

and we use ‘Does’ for the subjects ‘He’ and ‘She’. The verb form remains the same for all subjects.

Note: “Do” and “Does” are also called Auxiliary Verbs (or Helping Verbs).

Simple Present Chart

Simple Present Tense

Simple Present Tense

Simple Present Tense: Definition and Useful Examples

Simple Present Tense in English.

Simple Present Tense: Definition and Useful Examples 2

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