Recently I received the following e-mail from Fast Song, an English Student:
Please could you help me with the present simple tense? I have many problems with this tense.
Yours truly and sincerely,
Fast Song (by e-mail)
Here is my reply:
Dear Fast Song,
Thank you so much for your e-mail. Actually, the present simple is one of the most complicated tenses in English, so donâ€™t worry if you are having problems â€“ itâ€™s only natural.
The hardest thing is to remember to add the â€œsâ€ with â€œhe/she/itâ€, and to remember to use â€œdo/doesâ€ with questions and negatives.
In general, we use the present simple to express our opinions about things. For example:
a) She loves football.
b) He thinks this is the best football team.
We can also use the present simple for facts. For example:
a) Water boils at 100ÂºC.
b) London is the capital of England.
We can also use the present simple to describe our habits. For example:
a) She reads the newspaper every morning.
b) They get up late every day.
Complete each sentence with the correct word/s.
1. She (work) ________________________ in a big office.
2. He (take) ________________________ the car to work.
3. They (not like) ________________________ to go out much.
4. She (not watch) ________________________ much television.
5. We (not go) ________________________ more than once a year.
6. They really (want) ________________________ to see you again.
7. I (not know) ________________________ what to do.
8. She (not have) ________________________ her own house.
3. Donâ€™t like
4. Doesnâ€™t watch
5. Donâ€™t go
7. Donâ€™t know
8. Doesnâ€™t have