Present Simple

We use the Present Simple to talk about general truths, habits & routines, and scheduled events. If you would like to learn more about this tense, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to look around, learn, and practice.

present simple

We use the it to talk about:

- GENERAL TRUTHS

It often rains in England.


Doug doesn’t like football.


Does Sandra live in England?

- HABITS AND ROUTINES

 Joe wakes up at 6:30 am every day.


I don’t work on Sundays.


Do you usually drive to work?

- SCHEDULED EVENTS

The train leaves at 7:00 pm.


The film doesn’t start until ten.


Does the plane to Leeds depart from this gate?

Affirmative
I/you/we/they

he/she/it

work/do/like etc.

works/does/likes etc.

Negative
I/you/we/they

he/she/it

do not/don’t

does not/doesn’t

work/do/like etc.

work/do/like etc.

Questions
Do

Does

I/you/we/they

he/she/it

work/do/like etc. ?

work/do/like etc. ?

* NOTE: If the main verb is be, we do not use do/does as the auxiliary verb. We use am/is/are instead.

Is your shirt new?

Are you happy with the test results?

* NOTE: We can also use modal verbs as the auxiliary verb instead of do / does .

Can you swim?

Should he pack his swimsuit?

* NOTE: Negative questions are also possible. We generally use them to show surprise,
disbelief, or shock.

Don’t you like pizza?