The Present Tense
What is the present tense?
The present tense is used to describe things that are true:
a) things that are true now
b) things that are always or generally true
How do you make the present tense?
To make the present tense:
subject + verb (in present simple form)
Objects, times etc. can be added if needed.
Examples of present simple verbs
Present simple verbs are the normal ‘infinitive’ verbs, but without the ‘to’.
However, if using ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘it’ (or nouns that mean ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘it’; for example ‘the boy’), you need to add ‘s’.
|Infinitive||Present simple (I, you, we, they)||Present simple (he, she, it)|
|to be||am / are||is|
Examples of the present simple tense
|a) things that are true now||b) things that are always or generally true||c) schedules||d) opinions|
|I am 22 years old.||Bananas are yellow.||English class is on Tuesday afternoons. ||That is not right. |
|I like chicken.||Ice melts in the sun.||I have a meeting tomorrow. ||I believe you. |
|She has long, red hair.||Cats like to sleep.||I wake up at 7 30.||He is an idiot.|
|The chair is in the kitchen.||Berlin is the capital of Germany.||He brushes his teeth every night.||I think bears are cuter than dogs.|