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English Grammar – Simple Present

Form of Simple Present

  • P: He speaks.
  • N: He does not speak.
  • Q: Does he speak?

Use of Simple Present

Simple Present is used for actions and situations in the present.

  • Facts and situations in the present

    Expresses a fact or given situation.


    Our secretary works very hard.
    I do not agree with you.

  • Actions in the present

    Actions that take place never, once, several times or regualary. (see also: signal words)


    Mister Brown never attends a meeting. He always sends me.

  • Actions set by a timetable or schedule

    Actions in the future that we cannot influence, as their course is set by a timetable or schedule.


    The train leaves at 6:24.
    The conference starts at 9:30.

Signal Words of Simple Present

always, every …, never, normally, often, seldom, sometimes, usually If Clause Type I (If I talk, …)

Detailed Explanation and Exercises on Simple Present

Exercise on Simple Present

Complete the table in Simple Present.

Positive Negative Question
They are late.
He does not travel a lot.
Do I smoke?
She is not busy.
He has time.

Write sentences in Simple Present.

  1. I / be / fluent in English
  2. Judy Garner / work / in purchasing
  3. she / be / from Australia
  4. our company / supply / technical products
  5. we / not / work / on Saturdays
  6. they / not / sell / computers
  7. Mr Martin / not / speak English
  8. what / you / do
  9. what languages / he / speak
  10. who / know / the address