Simple Present Tense | ENGLISH PAGE

The simple present (also called present simple or present indefinite) is a verb tense which is used to show repetition, habit or generalization. Less commonly, the simple present can be used to talk about scheduled actions in the near future and, in some cases, actions happening now. Read on for detailed descriptions, examples, and simple present exercises.

Simple Present Forms

The simple present is just the base form of the verb. Questions are made with do and negative forms are made with do not.

  • Statement: You speak English.
  • Question: Do you speak English?
  • Negative: You do not speak English.

In the third person singular, -s or -es is added. Questions are made with does and negative forms are made with does not.

  • Statement: He speaks English.
  • Question: Does he speak English?
  • Negative: He does not speak English.

Complete List of Simple Present Forms

Simple Present Uses

USE 1 Repeated Actions

simple present repeated action

Use the simple present to express the idea that an action is repeated or usual. The action can be a habit, a hobby, a daily event, a scheduled event or something that often happens. It can also be something a person often forgets or usually does not do.


  • I play tennis.
  • She does not play tennis.
  • Does he play tennis?
  • The train leaves every morning at 8 AM.
  • The train does not leave at 9 AM.
  • When does the train usually leave?
  • She always forgets her purse.
  • He never forgets his wallet.
  • Every twelve months, the Earth circles the Sun.
  • Does the Sun circle the Earth?

USE 2 Facts or Generalizations

simple present generalization

The simple present can also indicate the speaker believes that a fact was true before, is true now, and will be true in the future. It is not important if the speaker is correct about the fact. It is also used to make generalizations about people or things.


  • Cats like milk.
  • Birds do not like milk.
  • Do pigs like milk?
  • California is in America.
  • California is not in the United Kingdom.
  • Windows are made of glass.
  • Windows are not made of wood.
  • New York is a small city.

USE 3 Scheduled Events in the Near Future

simple present near future

Speakers occasionally use simple present to talk about scheduled events in the near future. This is most commonly done when talking about public transportation, but it can be used with other scheduled events as well.


  • The train leaves tonight at 6 PM.
  • The bus does not arrive at 11 AM, it arrives at 11 PM.
  • When do we board the plane?
  • The party starts at 8 o’clock.
  • When does class begin tomorrow?

USE 4 Now (Non-Continuous Verbs)

non-continuous now

Speakers sometimes use the simple present to express the idea that an action is happening or is not happening now. This can only be done with non-continuous verbs and certain mixed verbs.


  • I am here now.
  • She is not here now.
  • He needs help right now.
  • He does not need help now.
  • He has his passport in his hand.
  • Do you have your passport with you?

Simple Present Tips


The examples below show the placement for grammar adverbs such as: always, only, never, ever, still, just, etc.


  • You only speak English.
  • Do you only speak English?



  • Once a week, Tom cleans the car.
  • Once a week, the car is cleaned by Tom.

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Arctic wildfires emitted as much CO2 in June as Sweden does in a year | World news

Wildfires this year have been at an unusual intensity despite being common in the northern hemisphere between May and October

Smoke rises from a wildfire on 3 July 2019 south of Talkeetna, Alaska.

Smoke rises from a wildfire on 3 July 2019 south of Talkeetna, Alaska.
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Arctic wildfires, some the size of 100,000 football pitches, emitted as much carbon dioxide (CO2) last month as the country of Sweden does in a whole year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday.

“Since the start of June we’ve seen unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic region,” a WMO spokeswoman, Clare Nullis, told a regular UN briefing in Geneva.

“In June alone these wildfires emitted 50 megatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, this is the equivalent of Sweden’s annual total CO2 emissions. This is more than was released by Arctic fires in the same month between 2010 and 2018 combined.”

Wildfires are common in the northern hemisphere between May and October, but this year the fires have been at an unusual latitude and intensity, she said.

Most have been in the US state of Alaska and the Russian region of Siberia, but one fire in Alberta was estimated to be bigger than 300,000 football pitches, or about the size of Luxembourg.

Alaska had experienced more than 400 wildfires so far this year, with new ones igniting every day.

Siberia was almost 10C higher in June than the long-term average, while Alaska had its second-warmest June on record, and on 4 July the mercury hit 32C (80F).

“This is not Alaska type of weather,” Nullis said.

The wildfires help to amplify global warming by coating the reflective white snow in a layer of black soot that absorbs sunlight, while also increasing the risk that the permafrost layer could thaw and release methane into the atmosphere.

They also create harmful smoke that can travel a long way.

The Alaskan city of Fairbanks has been hit by some of the world’s worst air pollution this month, forcing residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a “clean air shelter”.


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Why Vote Leave’s £350m weekly EU cost claim is wrong | Politics

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The influential Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston has defected to the remain camp because of it; the UK Statistics Authority no longer says it is potentially misleading, but misleading plain and simple; and for the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies, it is “absurd”.

But still the Vote Leave campaign stands by the claim, splashed in large letters across their battlebus: “We send the EU £350m a week.”

In the face of a concerted attack, Boris Johnson has defended it. John Redwood has done the same, albeit with some embarrassment, on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. Michael Gove argued it on Sky, and Vote Leave’s videos and official campaign briefing continue to use the figure.

Who is right?

The real problem is the word “send”, which Vote Leave seems to have difficulty understanding. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the verb means to “cause to go or be taken to a particular destination; arrange for the delivery of”.

Assuming we accept that definition, then it is simply and very demonstrably not true to say that Britain “sends” £350m a week to the EU. That amount of money does not leave (and has never left) Britain each week, nor does it arrive in Brussels.

The sum of £350m a week is based on the Treasury’s estimation of the gross amount the UK contributed to the EU last year, which was £17.8bn, or £342m a week.

This annual figure is purely hypothetical, however, because since Margaret Thatcher negotiated Britain’s rebate in 1984, the UK has been required to pay significantly less than the 1% of national GDP that member states are normally expected to pay into the EU’s collective budget.

The same Treasury figures clearly show Britain’s EU budget rebate last year was £4.9bn. Deduct that from £17.8bn and you get £12.9bn – or £248m a week. This is the sum now recognised by the independent fact-checking organisation Full Facts.

Plus, as Prof Ian Begg of the London School of Economics notes, the rebate is deducted before any payment is made, so it is simply wrong – and arguably, given the fuss that has been made about the question, deliberately untruthful – to say Britain “sends the EU £350m a week”. The Treasury actually remits just over £100m less a week.

The remain camp further argues – although Vote Leave could rebut this more easily – that even the lesser weekly sum of £248m does not fairly reflect the cost to the UK of EU membership, because it ignores EU spending on the UK.

Last year, the Treasury estimated these receipts from Brussels at £4.4bn, money spent mainly in the private sector but also distributed by public bodies, to farmers and poorer parts of the UK, such as Cornwall and south Wales.

As pointed out by InFacts, which aims to make “the fact-based case for remain”, the EU also injects money directly into the UK’s private sector, for example, for scientific research through programmes such as Horizon2020. The most recent figure for this, from 2013, is £1.4bn.

Deduct both the rebate (£4.9bn), which is never actually paid, and the money that is paid but sent back (£5.8bn), from the gross £17.8bn annual “membership fee” and you arrive at a net figure of £7.1bn. This equates to £136m a week, less than 40% of the amount splashed on the battlebus.

Vote Leave has also tried to justify the £350m figure by saying the British rebate may change in future – but the UK has a veto over that happening. And in any case, its claim that “We send …” is written in the present tense.

It is also misleading of Vote Leave to suggest – as it does in the second half of that battlebus slogan, “Let’s fund our NHS instead” – that whatever amount Britain saves on its “membership fees” by leaving the EU would be available to spend on public services. Unless a future Westminster government decides to stop spending money on British farmers, scientific research and the country’s poorer regions, it plainly would not.


The leave camp might just about have been able to get away with saying that the UK sends £248m a week to Brussels (which at least takes account of the rebate). It can argue all it likes that £350m is a “gross figure”. But it cannot, in all conscience, get away with the use of the word “send”.

Wollaston, the IFS, the UK Statistics Authority, Nicola Sturgeon, Amber Rudd and Angela Eagle are right: Vote Leave’s claim that Britain sends £350m a week to Brussels is a lie.


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