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Present simple form

In present simple verbs, we need to use the verb do/does in questions and don’t/doesn’t in negatives.

Grammar infographic showing the structure of the Present Simple tense in English, including positive forms, negative forms, questions, and short answers for A1 elementary learners.

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Spelling of he/she/it

The form is the same for all the other persons except he/she/it. The spelling for he/she/it is different.

Grammar chart demonstrating Present Simple tense spelling rules for third-person singular subjects (he, she, it) with examples of verb conjugations and common mistakes.

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Present simple use

Habits or actions that happen regularly

We use present simple for habits or actions that we repeat regularly:

  • wash my hair every day.
  • I never go to the library.
  • go to the library on Saturdays.

Permanent situations or things that are always or often true

  • don’t drink coffee.
  • She’s very tall.
  • have two brothers.
  • Water boils at 100 degrees.
  • like soup.