The Simple Present

The Simple Present

Author: Sydney Bauer
This lesson introduces the simple present tense and how it is used.
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Simple Present Tense


Simple Present Tense

“Simple” simply means that there are no auxiliary or “helping” verbs accompanying the verb. Therefore, Simple Present Tense is a verb expressed in the present tense on it’s own within a sentence. Use the simple present tense when describing a present (but not on-going) action. It is also known as the timeless present tense and used to describe a present and constant action (again, not on-going). 


Not all verbs require the –s ending to appear in the present tense. For example: