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Simple Present Tense

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Learn some rules about the use of Simple Present Tense

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    Simple Present Tense Some important rules Present tense refers to the form of the verb in the 'present', 'now'
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    When to use? Use To introduce oneself To talk about one's like and dislikes To talk about one's nationality, profession Example My name is Dhara She is a student He is a football player I like to cook Jayesh is interested in drawing She hates liars Danish is an American I am a Manager in a reputed company
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    When to use? Use To speak about habits and preferences To speak about facts that are generally or universally true Example I wake at 6 am every morning She goes to the gym regularly Pinky likes watching Bollywood movies The sun rises in the east The US is the most powerful country in the world The shop is always closed on Sundays
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    Commonly used verb jn present tense: 6Be9 Three forms of be: am, is, are Am, is — singular Are — Plural
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    Verb form used in simple present tense depends on the subject in the sentence I study I work You sing He sleeps She cooks It works well They rest We dance I study hard for my exam I work to earn money You sing excellent He sleeps at 10 pm She cooks amazing Thai food It works well for me They rest when they feel tired We dance all night
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    Questions using simple present tense Use 'am', 'is', 'are' You can also use question words like — how, where, when, what, why I am from Mumbai. (affirmative statement) Are you from Mumbai? (question) Aakash is a student. (affirmative statement) Is Aakash a student? (question)
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    More examples Statement She is a dancer. (word order: subject+verb+0bject) It is very costly. She loves to drink coffee Question Is she a dancer? (word order reversed: verb+ subject+0bject) Is it very costly? Does she love to drink coffee? (using do/does to form a question)
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    Using simple present to form negative sentences To form negative statements, use the following structure: Subject + don't/doesn't + main verb (infinitive form) + object Eg: You don't like to watch TV She doesn't enjoy reading books Jasmine and Joseph don't play football
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    Use of don't/doesn't depends on the subject I don't You don't He doesn't She doesn't It doesn't We don't They don't I don't like pop music You don't enjoy our company He doesn't study hard She doesn't work here It doesn't snow during winters We don't want to visit the museum They don't play cricket Subject (I) or Plural: don't + infinitive form of verb Subject singular: doesn't + infinitive form of verb

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