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English Grammar and Exercises for ESL learners.


Present Simple Tense

(example : to play)



Affirmative Negative Interrogative
Long Form Contracted Form




I play I do not play I don't play Do I play?
You play You do not play You don't play Do you play?
He/she/it plays He/she/it does not play He/she/it doesn't play Does he/she/it play?
We play We do not play We don't play Do we play?
You play You do not play You don't play Do you play?
They play They do not play They don't play Do they play?

The present simple tense is used :
  • To talk about regular activities :
    • John plays tennis once a week.
    • We start work at 9 a.m. every morning.
    • Mary goes to visit her parents on Sundays.
    • Alex takes the bus every day.
  • To talk about tastes :
    • Peter likes Chinese food.
    • Julie doesn't like classical music.
    • Most children love chocolate.
    • Eva hates most sports but she enjoys swimming.
  • To talk about facts :
    • The sun rises in the east.
    • In Europe, the weather is cold in winter.
    • Authors write books and articles.
    • Students go to school or attend college.


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