Thursday, May 3, 2012

Simple Present

Simple present is also called present simple.
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The simple present expresses an action in the present taking place once, never or several times. It is also used for actions that take place one after another and for actions that are set by a timetable or schedule. The simple present also expresses facts in the present.

Simple Present - Form Level 1


  • am with the personal pronoun II
  • is with the personal pronouns he, she or it (or with the singular form of nouns)
  • are with the personal pronouns we, you or they (or with the plural form of nouns)
example: I am hungry.
II am.I am not.Am I?
he/she/itHe is.He is not.Is he?
you/we/theyYou are.You are not.Are you?


  • have with the personal pronouns I, you, we und they (or with the plural form of nouns)
  • has with the personal pronouns he, she, it (or with the singular form of nouns)
example: I have a dog. / I have got a dog.
'have got' is mainly used in British English. You can also use 'have' on its own (especially in American English). In this case, however, you must form negative sentences and questions with the auxiliary verb 'do' (see 'All other verbs').
I/you/we/theyI have got. / I have.I have not got. / I do not have.Have I got? / Do I have?
he/she/itHe has got. / He has.He has not got. / He does not have.Has he got? / Does he have?

All other verbs

  • the infinite verb (play) with the personal pronouns Iyouwe and they (or with the plural form of nouns)
  • the verb + s (plays) with the personal pronouns hesheit (or with the singular form of nouns)
I/you/we/theyI play.I do not play.Do I play?
he/she/itHe plays.He does not play.Does he play?

Tips on how to form negative sentences and questions

Negative sentences and questions are formed with the auxiliary verb 'do'.
The 3rd person singular of 'do' is 'does'. This means that in negative sentences and questions the 's' of the main verb is placed behind 'do'.

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